Joyent & Canonical Join Forces to Offer Ubuntu optimized for the Joyent Cloud

February 20th, 2014

Customers benefit from a comprehensive Linux solution with certified Ubuntu server images, enterprise support and collaboration for scale-out deployments.

San Francisco, CA, February 20, 2014 — Joyent Inc., the high-performance cloud infrastructure and big data analytics company, and Canonical today announced a partnership that will provide customers high performance, optimized and fully supported Ubuntu server images in the Joyent Cloud. Together, Joyent and Canonical will enable developers and enterprises to create next generation mobile, big data and high-performance applications on Ubuntu, the leading cloud operating system and Joyent’s award winning OS-Virtualized cloud platform.

Joyent customers will now have access to the advanced reliability, performance and flexibility that certified Ubuntu server images provide as well as a powerful cloud deployment, orchestration, and management suite. Customers can be assured that wherever they choose to deploy Ubuntu -in a private cloud deployment or in the high-performance Joyent Cloud - they are fully backed and supported across Canonical and Joyent technologies.

Canonical has enhanced Ubuntu to take advantage of capabilities provided by Joyent Cloud such as an advanced security and authentication model as well as providing tools for faster initialization and configuration of the latest cloud images. Other benefits include the ability to customize disk layout, formatting, and encryption all customized for the user at image provision time. For customers that also want to ensure that they have options for enterprise or mission critical support, Joyent will provide Canonical-backed Enhanced Support options for Ubuntu. This gives customers a single vendor for all support needs when hosting on Joyent and taking advantage of the add-on support option.

“TaskRabbit is a fast growing online and mobile marketplace that connects neighbors to get things done, said Kevin Busque, VP of Technology, TaskRabbit. “ To support our growth, TaskRabbit partnered with Joyent’s high-performance cloud running SmartOS for our database tier and Ubuntu to run our Ruby application tier. We are pleased to see Canonical and Joyent advance their partnership to optimize Ubuntu on the Joyent Cloud to provide the burgeoning TaskRabbit community an even better online experience.”

Joyent is well known as the corporate steward of the open source Node.js project. Node.js allows the building of fast, scalable, event driven network applications. As a core aspect of the partnership, Joyent will also now be responsible for managing, updating, and maintaining a Node.js charm. Charms are an encapsulation of all information needed to deploy and configure cloud services. Charms are used by Juju, Canonical’s open source cloud orchestration tool, which makes it easy to design, deploy, manage and scale workloads and software environments to the cloud.

“The performance and features of Joyent Cloud makes it an attractive proposition for Ubuntu users, who value reliability, speed and agility,” said Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical. ”We have worked hard to ensure the best possible experience with Ubuntu on Joyent Cloud and improve the quality and performance of Node.js charms for building scale-out applications.”

"As companies, Joyent and Canonical share core values: we both embrace community and open source technologies, and we both believe in delivering to users a high-performance experience that is tailored to their unique needs,"said Joyent SVP of Engineering Bryan Cantrill. "Running certified Ubuntu images from Canonical as hardware-virtualized guests on SmartOS in the Joyent cloud means customers will have access to best-of-breed features coupled with exceptional support."

About Joyent

Joyent is the high-performance cloud infrastructure and data analytics company. The Joyent Cloud is built from the ground up to meet the requirements of today's demanding real-time web and mobile applications. The Joyent Manta Storage Service is the first compute-on-storage innovation that eliminates data movement and enables inexpensive, lightning fast big data analysis in-place, transforming the economics and utility of object storage and real-time big data.

For more information visit http://www.joyent.com.

About Canonical

Canonical is the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu project and the leading provider of support services for Ubuntu deployments in the enterprise.

Ubuntu is a free, open-source platform for client, server and cloud computing. Since its launch in 2004, it has become a natural choice for users of all kinds, from Fortune 500 companies to hardware makers, content providers, software developers and individual technologists.

With developers, support staff and engineering centres all over the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to help its partners and enterprise customers make the most of Ubuntu. It also operates Ubuntu One, a cross-platform personal cloud service for consumers.

Canonical is a privately held company.

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