Ubuntu Linux’s chief backer, Canonical, is pressing ahead with a new way for enterprises to tap into the cloud to meet their computing needs. This time around, Ubuntu is powering a virtual “appliance” running IBM’s DB2 database and hosted on either Amazon’s cloud or on a public or private Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. The idea is to make it simpler and more cost-effective for enterprise database teams to set up, configure and manage a DB2 instance than they can do in their organization’s own data center. ServerWatch has the story.
Back in 2005, IBM’s DB2 database software was among the first major enterprise applications to be certified to run on Ubuntu Linux. Five years later, the partnership is expanding, with IBM’s DB2 being packaged by Canonical to run as a virtual appliance instance of Ubuntu running in the cloud.
The new IBM DB2 appliance partnership comes as Canonical is ramping up its cloud efforts for both public and private clouds.