Ubuntu Launches OpenStack Interoperability Lab

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | November 6, 2013

Summary: Canonical and its partners will certify Ubuntu OpenStack cloud compliant hardware and software.

If you believe Gartner, by 2016, more than half of IT spending will be on the cloud. Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, wants its share of those billions.

So, on November 5th at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong, Ubuntu announced the creation of "Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab" (OIL) with such powerhouse partners as Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Inktank/Ceph, Intel, Juniper and VMware.

OIL will test and validate the interoperability of hardware and software in a purpose-built lab, giving Ubuntu OpenStack users the reassurance and flexibility of having tested and certified choices. Ubuntu is very popular on clouds as a Linux instance. Indeed, on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Ubuntu is the single most popular operating system instance of all.