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10 October 2011, 10:45

HP chooses Ubuntu for its public cloud

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Canonical logo At last week's OpenStack Conference in Boston, Canonical CEO Jane Silber announced that Hewlett-Packard has selected the Ubuntu Linux distribution as the operating system to power its Public Cloud. Silber said that Ubuntu is a good choice for OpenStack clouds as it is both flexible and scalable as a guest OS, while also being a secure host system.

HP joined the open source cloud group in July of this year. Last month, the company announced its first public implementation: a private beta programme for HP Cloud Services. The services are based on OpenStack's Compute (Nova) and Object Storage (Swift) technology.

Launched in July 2010 by Rackspace and NASA, OpenStack is an open source cloud platform. The OpenStack project currently includes more than 100 member companies, including AMD, Canonical, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, HP and Intel.

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