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For the Ubuntu faithful, the recent announcement from Canonical is good news

This guest post was written by James Mowery, a computer geek that writes about technology and related topics.

For the Ubuntu faithful, the recent announcement that Canonical could be expanding their business relationship with IBM in regards to the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud platform is welcome news. Though details are vague at this point, the early buzz is that a strengthened joint venture between the two companies might possibly be forthcoming at this week’s Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon. As of late April of this year, UEC counts 12,000 active deployments and growing. This is good news as it demonstrates that business is starting to take Ubuntu seriously as an alternative to the established heavyweights in the industry.It’s just one more indicator that the Ubuntu team is making headway in their effort to further penetrate the Cloud Computing market. Of course, Canonical has a long road ahead of them if they expect to steal serious market share from the likes of Amazon and their EC2 service. If reports from the grapevine are correct, the expected announcement will entail a DB2 incarnation especially configured for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. Though IBM and Canonical have been partners since 2008, this newest development in their relationship signals even greater co-operation and investment in the partnership between the two companies.

Canonical appears to be headed in the right direction through a series of long-term moves that position them to reap serious profits from support services and hosting. Mark Shuttleworth’s dedication to making Ubuntu a force to be reckoned with in the Cloud Computing and Server markets is certainly promising. While Red Hat is the established corporate favorite, reinforcing the relationship with IBM is a smart and logical move. One of the biggest early supporters of Linux in the commercial sphere, IBM hasn’t remained such a juggernaut by making bad investments in emerging technologies and businesses. Only time will tell if this particular partnership will bear fruit in the future.

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