Managed Kubernetes on more public clouds: good news, but also distracting

Joining the fray One of the most predictable surprises in the public IaaS market recently has been DigitalOcean’s public launch of their own managed Kubernetes service, at KubeCon Europe last May. In my opinion, it was predictable for at least three reasons. First, customers. DigitalOcean is one of the largest and most prominent public-cloud providers,…

Container Pipelines: The Next Frontier

Our “8 Components” blog post, which was written quickly over lunch before the holidays, has turned out to be an all-time favourite—we even turned it into an eBook, complete with our own war stories. One of the areas highlighted in the post and eBook was the container pipeline, and on popular demand, in this post I…

CaaS in 2018: it’s a race

[Content warning: 2018 prediction!] Three weeks post-Reinvent (and a month after posting my thoughts on what CaaS actually means), Google Cloud’s annual summary further underlines, in my opinion, just how fast the top clouds are moving. It’s clear that all top clouds have or will have a Kubernetes-based managed service, which will go beyond the clusters and aim…

Cloud-native transformation: containers in the enterprise

A few weeks ago, I attended a talk about moving to microservices, in which the speakers, both of them DevOps program/delivery managers at a large online retailer, mentioned a rule they had. Tooling, they said, was not the answer to a Devops culture problem, but tools can be effective in slowing down or accelerating that…

CaaS: Hope or Hype?

In searching for inspiration for this post, I decided to bottom out an old suspicion of mine. After a brief but brave foray into the meme rabbit holes of the internet, I can confirm that indeed, “Everything-as-a-Service” remains a remarkably under-utilized as a buzzword. Something to strive for, I guess. A shortage of memes might…

New beginnings in an exciting growth area

After over three years at Canonical, I’ve decided to join Cloud 66 as VP of Sales & Business Development. I start today! In a way, this continues my transition from the hardware level, to the operating system, and now to the software that sits on top. Put another way, I moved from server environments, to virtualization, and…

Ubuntu on AWS gets serious performance boost with AWS-tuned kernel

Canonical and Amazon Web Services have been working closely together to create the best experience of the world’s most popular cloud OS, on the world’s most popular public cloud. Official Ubuntu guest images have been available on AWS for years, and underlie the majority of workloads on the service—whether you use the EC2 Quickstart, Marketplace,…

Canonical and AWS partner to deliver world-class support in the cloud

In today’s software world, support is many times an afterthought or an expensive contract used only to keep-up with the latest patches, updates, and versions. Hidden costs to upgrade software, including downtime, scheduling, and planning are also factors that need to be considered. Canonical does not believe the traditional norms of support apply. Our leading…

Running Ubuntu VMs in Germany—without trading off security or data sovereignty

Data sovereignty is one of the hot topics in cloud computing. While US-based public cloud providers—such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM and Google Cloud Platform—have continued to solidify their dominance both at home and abroad, 2016 has also seen an awakening in Europe. At CeBIT in March of this year, T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche…

5 reasons you should only use certified images on the public cloud

Ubuntu has a long history in the cloud. Not only is it the world’s number one platform for deployments of OpenStack (as we’ve covered here), it also runs more public cloud workloads than all other platforms combined. Fast, secure, and proven in the most demanding production environments, it is extremely popular with the likes of Netflix,…