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Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition: What to Expect

Apr 15, 2009, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

"This is an innovative change, and makes Ubuntu an attractive choice for enterprises interested in hosting clouds either to distribute their own computing resources more efficiently, or to rent their servers' disk space and processing power to customers.

"At the same time, however, Canonical's own release notes for Jaunty beta emphasize that Eucalyptus is intended only as a "technology preview" that allows users to "experiment" with cloud computing--in other words, feel free to research cloud computing on Jaunty, but don't plan on putting it into production just yet.

"Releasing an enterprise product with warnings that some of its components may not be ready for mass consumption is a bit awkward. But as long as users understand that Eucalyptus on Jaunty remains beta, it's probably worth it, as it will ensure that Eucalyptus receives heavy testing and will be 100-percent prepared for production by the time of the next long-term support release of Ubuntu."

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