One of the advantages of the cloud is its relative ease and simplicity. In some cases, it is as simple as clicking a button to turn on a new virtual appliance. Therefore, it can be rather intimidating when people start talking about private clouds. After all, what makes a private cloud a cloud at all if it introduces complexity and difficulty. Therefore, projects like Ubuntu’s private cloud are designed to make starting a private cloud as streamlined and simple as possible.
Ubuntu’s private cloud, as its own website describes it, is not based on OpenStack. It IS OpenStack. The official OpenStack specifications use Ubuntu Server as its reference operating system. Ubuntu claims to offer everything a company would need to launch infrastructure as a service (IaaS), all within its cloud offering. All of it comes with the latest version of Ubuntu. Users need only select the Ubuntu Cloud installation option during setup. Users also have the ability to choose between a wide range of virtualization options to get private clouds deployed quickly and without incurring a large cost for new hardware.
According to Ubuntu’s website, there are generally only 6 steps to creating a local private cloud. Users can install Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure with MAAS and Juju. MAAS (Metal as a Service) is a scalable system for dynamically provisioning servers for the cloud. Users, for example, could add or remove a node from a Hadoop cluster quickly and easily. Juju is a tool that makes deployments in the cloud faster and easier, and users can then scale them at will.
Some companies may prefer a hands-off approach to setting up and operating a private cloud. The good news is that since all of this technology is open source, they can call on the provider or IT firm of their choice to do the work. Ubuntu cloud is also compatible with public cloud services from HP, Amazon AWS, and Rackspace, making it easy to burst workloads from your own private cloud to one of the top public clouds, as many enterprises today prefer hybrid cloud technology, rather than having to choose one or the other.
Ubuntu Private Cloud is just one of many new and exciting open source options for getting started in the cloud. For more information visit the Ubuntu website. You can also download a trial to give it a try on any physical or virtual system.