Ubuntu To Be Certified For HP Servers - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Infrastructure // PC & Servers
02:30 PM

Ubuntu To Be Certified For HP Servers

By bundling the free operating system with HP hardware, smaller companies can sidestep the licensing fees associated with Microsoft's Windows.

Corporate IT shops looking for more confidence to deploy Canonical's Ubuntu on servers may have been handed one as the company announced it's working with Hewlett-Packard to fully certify the open source operating system on all HP ProLiant servers.

Mark Murphy, Canonical's alliances manager, hopes the certification will offer "another layer of assurance" to enterprise customers looking to deploy Ubuntu in a more strategic role.

"This certification means HP will list Ubuntu as a supported operating system and verify the work undertaken by Canonical to ensure full certified compatibility. Both companies are fully cooperating at the engineering level to provide full underlying confidence for HP customers using these servers," Murphy said.

What figures to boost sales of both Ubuntu and HP's servers is the ongoing economic climate, where Fortune 100 companies down to mom-and-pop shops are looking to save money on any and all pieces of their infrastructure. By bundling the free operating system with HP hardware, smaller companies can sidestep the licensing fees associated with Microsoft's Windows.

"Just last week we spoke to a Chicago-based finance house that runs entirely on Ubuntu servers and runs both their open and proprietary stack on Ubuntu on Hewlett-Packard machines mostly, with some Dell in the mix. These heterogeneous environments are becoming pretty common and the range of software on them is getting wider," Murphy said.

The HP announcement is the second piece of positive news for Ubuntu relating to its corporate strategies. Earlier this month in a survey among approximately 7,000 users, the overwhelming majority said they were increasingly using the server-based operating system in a variety of mission-critical Web and database applications.

While Ubuntu may appear to be on a roll, some analysts believe the company has more work to do before it can be considered a serious contender to Red Hat and Novell.

"In terms of noise level, Ubuntu has been hot lately. But the ecosystem simply isn't as mature for Ubuntu as it is for Red Hat and SUSE Linux. They do not have the level of application support and data base support, and some other things that you need to be enterprise ready," said Al Gillen, VP in charge of system software research with IDC.

As Linux becomes easier to use and gains big-name vendor support, InformationWeek has published an independent analysis of the various distributions available. Download the report here (registration required).

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
Flash Poll