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Landscape Manages Ubuntu Server Edition on the Amazon EC2 cloud

May 16, 2009, 10:02 (0 Talkback[s])

LONDON, May 18, 2009 - Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today the release of Canonical Landscape 1.3, the systems management and monitoring service for Ubuntu. Available as part of the commercial support package or as a standalone service, Landscape provides the growing number of businesses deploying multiple instances of Ubuntu on servers and desktops the means to manage and maintain their systems more easily. Landscape can significantly reduce the cost of ownership and maximise the administration resources of any Ubuntu deployment.

"Landscape simplifies system management tasks for users who run Ubuntu on physical or virtual servers in-house or some or all of their Ubuntu servers on the Amazon EC2 cloud. It enables users to manage all instances from the same application," said Ken Drachnik, Landscape business manager at Canonical. "Being able to manage servers on the cloud as easily as those deployed internally is a huge boost for those deploying Ubuntu servers at scale."

"New in Landscape 1.3

"The third point release of Landscape adds more features and functionality that simplify the routine, error-prone tasks of system administrators.

"Landscape 1.3 includes:

Management of Ubuntu on Amazon EC2 - as users begin to migrate applications to cloud environments, they can now use Landscape to start, stop and manage their Ubuntu instances on Amazon EC2, the world's most popular cloud environment.

The ability to choose Ubuntu images on Amazon EC2 - pre-configured by Canonical with a Landscape client, this simplifies the process of managing Ubuntu on Amazon EC2. Users can enter their EC2 credentials directly through Landscape to start a service.

Management of physical and virtual machines - start an Ubuntu Amazon Machine Image (AMI) on Amazon EC2 and easily register that instance with a Landscape subscription. All virtual machines can then be managed and monitored in the same way as physical ones.

Updated Custom Graph feature - users can create and store trends of key system parameters. They can create simple scripts to plot those parameters as well as monitor any machine-reportable parameter such as CPU, memory and disk usage.

"About Landscape
Landscape provides users with a hosted web interface on which all machines are registered. From this single interface, packages and security updates are deployed to the entire network of servers and/or desktops with a single click. Additionally, a wealth of monitoring data is provided graphically to the administrator showing process and resource use to help them spot system bottlenecks before they impact performance. Pricing and availability Ubuntu users are invited to register for a free trial at www.canonical.com/landscape/register. The 60-day trial provides users with full access to all Landscape features to manage up to five machines.

"Landscape is available free with Ubuntu support from Canonical or, for those who do not yet require support, as a paid service priced at $150 per node, with discounting available on larger volumes. About Canonical Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global organisation headquartered in Europe committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class, 24x7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's global support team and partners.

"About Ubuntu
Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly-regarded Linux distributions. With millions of users in homes, schools, businesses and governments around the world, Ubuntu is growing in popularity on both the server and the desktop. With the values of Open Source software at its core, Ubuntu costs nothing to download or update. Users are also actively encouraged to copy, install, modify and share their Ubuntu software anytime, anywhere and with anyone. Visit www.canonical.com or www.ubuntu.com for more information."

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