Canonical has announced that its upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (long-term support) Linux distribution will have certifications for several HP ProLiant servers.
HP ProLiant servers dominate substantial share in the Linux market, and while Red Hat and Oracle already have certifications, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will be the harbinger among Ubuntu distros to receive certification on several HP ProLiant Generation 8 servers. With this certification, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS drivers and management software will now be part of HP ProLiant warranty.
Canonical will team up with HP to find other opportunities between both companies while looking for customers who will preload Ubuntu onto ProLiant kit. Hewlett-Packard (HP) already has a custom-made Ubuntu version on its cloud so this news will promote beefing up of ties between them.
“As an emerging Linux distribution, Ubuntu on HP ProLiant servers offers the scalability and flexibility to manage big data, cloud and hyperscale applications,” said Scott Farrand, VP of Infrastructure Software and Blades at HP.
“This validates our decision to focus on the technologies that will underpin the next generation of datacenters. More importantly it gives a vast number of users the ability to deploy these technologies with the support and backing of the largest computer manufacturer in the world,” said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical.