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Ubuntu’s Cloud-Init Promotes Customization in the Cloud

Jan 06, 2011, 20:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

[ Thanks to The VAR Guy for this link. ]

"Like many things cloud-related, cloud-init — which the Ubuntu wiki describes as a package "that handles early initialization of a cloud instance" — can be difficult to define in precise terms. Put simply, though, the software is a tool for automatically performing different tasks when a cloud image is booted for the first time. It supports Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud images, as well as Ubuntu images available on Amazon's EC2.

"We last visited cloud-init during the build-up to the release of Ubuntu 10.10, which introduced several key new features to the software. What caught my eye recently was not the announcement of new features, but several practical examples by Canonical contributor Ahmed Kamal of how the package can be useful for building and deploying a cloud environment."

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