Canonical Adds OpenStack To Ubuntu 11.04

Canonical’s latest Ubuntu offering, the Ubuntu 11.04, aka Natty Narwhal, will come with support for the OpenStack open source cloud platform.

The company said that the OpenStack platform, downloadable for the operating system’s software repositories is the most tightly integrated implementation of the OpenStack cloud platform in the market.

OpenStack, an open source cloud computing platform, was started by Rackspace and NASA and now has the support of more than 40 key industry players including Dell and Cisco.

The platform is however, available as a tech preview, with a full launch being planned sometime down the line.

The server edition of the Ubuntu OS will also come with the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud based on Eucalyptus which will be compatible with Amazon’s cloud computing offerings. Canonical is going heavy on cloud computing with the latest Ubuntu, which will be available for download on April 28th.

“Ubuntu 11.04 offers exciting opportunities for businesses to improve the reliability, security and manageability of desktop, cloud and server deployments, challenging the traditional license or subscription fee model and embracing open-source technology,” said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical said in a statement.

“This release comes at a time of accelerating corporate adoption of Ubuntu and delivers a range of improvements specifically relevant to the corporate environment”, he added.