Canonical, the company behind the popular and free Ubuntu operating system, proudly announced today (July 21st) the immediate availability of a virtual appliance of IBM's DB2 Express-C software for the Ubuntu cloud computing solution. The virtual appliance can run in both public and private cloud configurations. Canonical is also proud to announce that IBM has finally completed validation of the DB2 software on the server edition of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx).
Launched in April 2010, the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) operating system came with declarations of support from over 80 organizations, and it is a very popular guest infrastructure layer on the Amazon EC2 or Rackspace cloud services. Many ISPs and private organizations are using Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud as the host cloud infrastructure layer.
Neil Levine, Vice President of Commercial Services at Canonical ensures customers that the newly released appliance is of a great value: "A virtual cloud appliance consisting of Ubuntu and DB2 Express-C will enable customers to quickly and easily set up DB2 in both public and private cloud situations. The full commercial support of DB2 running on Ubuntu and physical servers is also attractive to customers as a protection to their investment."
IMB's DB2 software supports only the LTS (Long Term Support) versions of Ubuntu. DB2 Express-C is the community edition of IMB's DB2 software and it's designed for multi-branch companies and small businesses. With features such as the pureXML technology (to power SOA-based and Web 2.0 solutions), the DB2 Express-C software is easy to use, can be set-up without difficulty and it's self-manageable.
"Customers are quickly adopting DB2 software on Linux for both on-premise and cloud computing deployments. The combination of Ubuntu and DB2 provides users with a highly integrated and tested virtual cloud appliance." said Robert S. Sutor, Vice President, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group.
No matter how Ubuntu is deployed on a cloud, the DB2 Express-C software will always be available!
About Canonical and Ubuntu
Canonical Ltd is the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux distribution and a global organization headquartered in Europe. It is committed to the distribution, development and support of open-source software products and communities. Commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's Global Support Services team and partners. Launched for the first time in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly-regarded Linux distributions, with millions of users around the world, and it will always be free to download, use and distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely-used Linux system, and is the center of a global open-source software ecosystem.
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