Canonical Landscape Veteran Joins Dell
Canonical remains committed to Landscape — the remote systems management platform for Ubuntu. But one of the Landscape team members has joined Dell, according to sources close to the hardware giant. Here’s the update.
I want to be careful with this post. It’s important to note that employees come and go — but software and IT services typically live on. With that qualifier in mind, I’ve heard that Landscape marketing veteran Ken Drachnik has joined Dell. I first heard chatter about the move during several meetings in Austin, Texas, this week. I’ve sent a note to Drachnik to see what he’ll be working on at Dell.
Back at Canonical, COO Matt Asay confirms that Drachnik has left the company but he says Landscape continues to receive more resources within Canonical. In the days ahead, I will pursue deeper info about Canonical’s latest Landscape efforts.
As you may recall, Canonical has positioned Landscape as a systems management tool for Ubuntu servers, desktops, mobile devices and cloud resources. Landscape is available as a SaaS service (called Landscape Hosted Edition) or as an on-premise solution (Landscape Dedicated Server Edition). It can also be used by VARs and managed services providers (MSPs) to remotely manage customers’ Ubuntu networks.
Landscape is one of several efforts that could generate new revenue streams beyond traditional Ubuntu support. Canonical has developed a few Landscape customer case studies but I haven’t heard from too many readers who are running the platform. Meanwhile, it sounds like Dell will announce some updated Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud efforts within the next few weeks. Stay tuned.