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Canonical and e-shelter announce managed OpenStack private cloud initiative

Wed 6 Jul 2016

Ubuntu is teaming up with major European data centre provider e-shelter to launch an end-to-end private cloud solution entitled ‘Hosted BootStack’, leveraging Ubuntu’s own implementation of the OpenStack framework.

The launch was announced yesterday at Ubuntu Insights, and the project was apparently devised in response to considerable customer demand for a managed private cloud platform.

Hosted BootStack leverages Juju, Canonical’s application modelling service, with BootStack clouds maintainable on-premises or in e-shelter’s dedicated co-location resources within its data centres.

Canonical’s product manager Arturo Suarez observed “Hosted BootStack will allow customers to bypass time consuming, costly decisions of datacenter location, hardware and management solutions, instead choosing a fast, reliable and fully managed by experts, cloud infrastructure for their business.”

E-shelter will also bundle its carrier-neutral e-connect platform into the project, offering scalable connectivity that traverses e-shelter DC locations.

BootStack also utilises Canonical’s bare Metal as a Service (MaaS) implementation, which allows zero-touch deployment of Windows, Ubuntu, RHEL, SUSE and CentOS builds, whilst bundling a REST API, a Web UI and command-line access. MaaS also features inventory management of cross-server devices and an open source IP address manager.

E-shelter maintains data centres totalling 90,000 square metres in eight European locations including Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and specialises in bespoke DC design as well as custom cloud solutions.

Toan Nguyen, Director Colocation Services and Cloud Platform, e-shelter, commented “We are excited to expand our strategic relationship with Canonical as our strong partner for managed private cloud solution based on OpenStack,” and continued “Enterprises rely on Canonical to transform their businesses and we are thrilled Canonical has chosen e-shelter as their data center partner, helping them continue to scale, add new services and maintain their incredible momentum.”

In March of last year e-shelter’s industry placement was massively boosted when it was acquired by NTT Communications for €742 million and a 90% stake.


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