Ubuntu 12.10 Quantual Quetzal Heads to the Cloud
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The Ubuntu 12.10 Linux Server release is now generally available, providing administrators with an enhanced platform for cloud deployment.
The 12.10 release follows the 12.04 release by six months and updates a number of key components. At the core, Ubuntu has updated its Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) to the Folsom release of OpenStack.
Folsom was first released by the OpenStack community at the end of September. Ubuntu is among the first major OpenStack vendors to now bundle in the Folsom technology as part of a production-grade release.
Among the key enhancements in OpenStack Folsom is the Quantum networking project, which provides a Software-Defined Network (SDN) architecture that can be used for cloud deployments.
"Ubuntu Server is the reference operating system for OpenStack, which means no other operating system will work with Folsom as naturally," Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical, said in a statement.
Ubuntu isn't just relying on what the upstream Folsom release delivers, though. A key value proposition comes from the included Juju orchestration tools. This week, at the OpenStack Summit in San Diego, Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth demoed the 12.10 version of Juju.