IBM and Canonical expand hybrid Cloud Alliance as Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers

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Canonical has announced that Ubuntu OpenStack is available for IBM z Systems, IBM LinuxONE and IBM Power Systems, including IBM's newly announced OpenPOWER LC servers, as it expands its work to deliver hybrid cloud capabilities with IBM.

Canonical and IBM will deliver solutions built on Canonical's software and IBM servers through a deeper engineering, product and support collaboration. This enables customers to leverage Canonical's portfolio across the z Systems, LinuxONE, Power Systems and OpenPOWER platforms with automated OpenStack management.

IBM and Canonical have a long and innovative alliance and have announced the availability of Canonical's Ubuntu OS, Ubuntu OpenStack and tooling on z Systems, LinuxONE, Power Systems and OpenPOWER. Ubuntu OpenStack is the most widely used private cloud platform among enterprises and service providers with over 55% of production OpenStack clouds, more than all other vendor solutions combined.

IBM and Canonical have been working together to ensure that z Systems, LinuxONE, Power Systems and OpenPOWER customers can have the same Ubuntu usage and management experience that Ubuntu x86 production OpenStack customers have today.

"IBM has a long history of supplying fast, reliable and security-rich IT systems, which has enabled us to lead in hybrid cloud. As we build on this leadership, our customers are looking for choices when it comes to configuring their environments," said Jessica Murillo, IBM Vice President, Strategy, IBM Systems. "We worked with Canonical to make Ubuntu OpenStack available across our Power, OpenPOWER, z Systems, and LinuxONE platforms to offer greater flexibility and agility in hybrid cloud."

"IBM are demonstrating vision and market leading value to their clients with their hybrid cloud offerings," said John Zannos, Vice President of Cloud Platform and Alliances, Canonical. "We are first to market with OpenStack on all IBM Systems platforms and as the market leader in OpenStack deployments, we will continue to work closely with IBM to expand OpenStack and Ubuntu support to our clients."

Ubuntu has become the most popular OS for the cloud with over 2 million Ubuntu Linux instances launched in the cloud in 2015. Ubuntu Openstack underpins some of the most exciting cloud projects happening today in areas such as telco (NFV), Retail, Finance, Media and most other sectors. There are very good reasons why large cloud customers such as Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Sky, Cisco, Bloomberg and Time Warner Cable have chosen Ubuntu OpenStack.

Canonical also run the world's largest OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL). Based in Boston, this Lab validates hardware and software OpenStack interoperability for over 35 major vendors, including IBM. In order to achieve this the Lab stands up over 3,500 new OpenStack clouds every month.

IBM and Canonical will continue to supply innovation around OpenStack, including "How to Guides" for deploying Ubuntu OpenStack on all IBM platforms. Customer support for Ubuntu and Ubuntu OpenStack can be purchased through IBM or with Canonical directly.

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