Ubuntu Making Cloud Computing Accessible

It seems that Ubuntu, one of my favorite Linux distributions, is embracing Amazon EC2 styled cloud computing in an upcoming release.

Ubuntu has included the Eucapyptus project in the aptly named Karmic Koala release 9.10 project in order for mere mortals to be able to install and manage their own cloud. Considering that some important people recommend keeping your data on your own hardware to avoid vendor lock-in and privacy issues, this allows companies to avoid the issues while getting some of the advantages of the cloud. Of course, companies will still need a team, albeit much smaller, of crack infrastructure managers but they will have the advantages provided by the abstraction of hardware and it’s associated management tools.

Besides, what could possibly be cooler than having a compute cloud in your basement data center running on a bunch of cheap PC servers? I’m sure nothing can quite compare.

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