Canonical Seeks Ubuntu Cloud Wins at HostingCon
At first glance, Canonical will spend most of this week promoting Ubuntu at OSCON, the open source convention. But take a closer look and you’ll discover Canonical and Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Edition surfacing at HostingCon in Austin, Texas. Here’s why.
At OSCON in Oregon, Ubuntu Server Edition Product Manager Nick Barcet and VP of Corporate Services Neil Levine will be on hand to share portions of Canonical’s vision and strategy. But at HostingCon in Texas, Canonical will also find time to describe how Ubuntu Server Edition and Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) potentially fit into hosting centers.
Smart move on Canonical’s part. By surfacing at HostingCon, Canonical potentially gets to mingle with major hosting providers. Executives from Rackspace, The Planet and Verio — are expected to attend HostingCon, which is expected to attracted well over 1,000 people.
In recent months, Canonical has been building cloud partnerships with a range of companies, including Amazon Web Services, CohesiveFT, Eucalyptus Systems, openQRM Enterprise, Right Scale, Scalr Inc., Turnkey Linux and Unitrends. There’s also chatter about Dell backing Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.
Can Canonical push Ubuntu deeper into hosting centers? It won’t be easy. Red Hat, CentOS, Windows and other operating systems are deeply entrenched in the hosting market. Plus, upstarts like CloudLinux seem to be catching on in some hosting centers.