Ubuntu burrows deeper into Kubernetes clouds

Ubuntu hands, image via Shutterstock
Ubuntu hands, image via Shutterstock

Canonical is taking steps to cement the presence of its Ububtu Linux in the cloud through the appeal of containers and Kubernetes.

The company has expanded its partnership with Supermicro on OpenStack while smoothing the design and deployment of containers on Ubuntu clusters on cloud.

According to AWS, Ubuntu is EC2’s most popular operating system – by image count: 309,281 – with Windows number two on 97,898 and Debian third on 95,557.

The Linux flinger has therefore announced Charmed Kubernetes, Canonical’s distribution of Kubernetes on Ubuntu, can now be obtained pre-tested and integrated on Supermicro servers.

Charmed Kubernetes has been tested for use in public and private clouds and on bare-metal and virtualised infrastructures. It’s hoped this latest move would further solidify Ubuntu’s presence in multi-cloud environments and in settings where you need to port workloads.

The deal expands an existing partnership between the pair, for Canonical’s Boostack OpenStack on a Supermicro reference architecture.

Separately, it was announced Kubernetes clusters on Ubuntu deployed using kubeadm will now be supported though Canonical Ubuntu Advantage program.

kubeadm lets developers and operators peak into the low-level mechanics of setting up Kubernetes

The agreement extends to production, deployment and multi-stage environments and means that Kubernetes nodes running on Canonical’s Linux get the benefit of phone and web support from the company’s agents in addition to receiving kernel patching and extended security maintenance among other services via Canonical’s enterprise support program.

Canonical’s is also offering support for Debian packages used with kubeadm.