Today, Canonical announced the release of a new cloud solution called MicroCloud, which was specifically designed for scalable cluster and edge deployments for all types of businesses.
Microcloud is built with simplicity, security and automation at its core to help reduce the time required for deployment. With MicroCloud, businesses can deploy the solution with a single command, resulting in a fully functional cloud solution in minutes.
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According to Juan Manuel Ventura, head of architecture and technology at Spindox, “With microcloud, the focus shifts from grappling with cloud operations to solving real business challenges.”
With security as a priority, each MicroCloud component is built with strict constraints and over-the-air transactional updates to preserve data and enable easy roll back of upgrades in the event of an error and without downtime. With this, the microcloud can be deployed as an on-premise cloud or an on-edge deployment for remote locations. By doing so, organizations can use the same infrastructure primitives and services, no matter where they are needed.
Cédric Gégout, VP of Product at Canonical, says of the issue that microcloud specifically addresses, “As data becomes more distributed, infrastructure has to follow. Cloud computing is now distributed, spanning across data centers, remote and near edge computing devices. Microcloud is our answer.” He adds, “By packaging familiar infrastructure primitives in a portable and unobtrusive way, we’re delivering a simpler, more intuitive cloud experience that makes zero-ops a reality for many industries.”
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Microcloud can be used on commodity and high-end hardware and run on Ubuntu desktop, servers and even Ubuntu Core. Microcloud workloads can be run using Kubernetes or through system containers. Those using LXD can trust system containers to behave like traditional virtual machines but consume fewer resources while delivering bare-metal performance. Combined with Canonical’s Ubuntu Pro + Support subscription, users can rely on an enterprise-grade, open-source solution with full support for a cost-effective solution.
MicroCloud is offered as part of Canonical’s Ubuntu Pro subscription (various support levels available), so if you already subscribe to the service, you’ll have full access to the new platform. Microcloud uses per-node pricing with zero hidden fees.