Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu and the provider of open source security, support, and services, is announcing the general availability of MicroCloud, a low-touch, open source cloud computing solution that brings the power of cloud anywhere you need it, according to Canonical. This latest addition to Canonical’s growing cloud infrastructure portfolio removes the complexity of launching a private cloud, enabling enterprises to deploy their own cloud in minutes with a single command.
MicroCloud’s design—which centers simplicity, security, and automation—is purpose-built for scalable clusters and edge deployments for any type of organization. The cloud solution is particularly optimized for repeatable and reliable remote deployments, meeting organizations exactly where they are in their cloud infrastructure needs—catering to both on-premise clouds or edge deployments at remote locations.
“Cloud computing is not only about technology, it’s the beating heart of any modern industrial transformation, driving agility and innovation. Our mission is to provide our customers with the most effective ways to innovate and bring value; having a complexity-free cloud infrastructure is one important piece of that puzzle,” said Juan Manuel Ventura, head of architectures and technologies at Spindox. “With MicroCloud, the focus shifts away from struggling with cloud operations to solving real business challenges.”
Deployable in minutes via a single, simple command, MicroCloud initiates the orchestration and clustering of several components for a fully functional cloud—without requiring much effort on behalf of the user. This light, easy-to-use cloud is engineered to grant greater accessibility to cloud technology while minimizing the labor for its deployment and maintenance.
In addition to simplicity, MicroCloud also prioritizes security and easy maintenance, delivering components produced with strict confinement and hassle-free, schedulable updates with zero downtime. It also offers:
- Support for running virtual machines or systems containers for higher density
- Remote authentication, RBAC, projects, and multi-user setup
- Over-the-air transactional updates for data preservation and automated rollback on errors
- Commercial support available with Ubuntu Pro
On top of its hybridity, MicroCloud is deployable on both commodity and high-end hardware, accompanied by other functions to reduce overall footprint. MicroCloud is as adaptable as it is resource responsible; when paired with Ubuntu Core—a lightweight OS optimized for the edge—MicroCloud can further increase resource efficiency and costs without compromising performance.
“As data becomes more distributed, the infrastructure has to follow. Cloud computing is now distributed, spanning across data centers, far and near edge computing appliances. MicroCloud is our answer to that,” said Cedric Gegout, VP of product at Canonical. “By packaging known infrastructure primitives in a portable and unattended way, we are delivering a simpler, more prescriptive cloud experience that makes zero-ops a reality for many Industries”.
MicroCloud is offered as part of Canonical’s Ubuntu Pro subscription, with several support tiers available and priced per node, according to the company.
To learn more about MicroCloud, please visit https://canonical.com/.