Canonical says the latest version of its platform for IoT and container deployments will reduce three things: time to market, software development risk, and security maintenance costs.
“We haven’t seen the full impact on our relationship with IBM,” said Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth. “IBM is still saying they want to work with us.”
According to the OpenStack Foundation board the new strategy reflects the desire of OpenStack users. But Canonical’s CEO thinks it distracts from the group’s core mission.
The platform relies on Canonical's Ubuntu Core OS and Snaps application packaging system.
The company claims enterprises are looking for alternatives to VMware with better economics. It bids against Red Hat in many of its deals.
Enterprises see security risks, unfamiliar workflow, replacing legacy products, and IoT as barriers to container adoption.
The next serious update will include AI and edge computing support.
The joint software stack powers white-box switches.
Both challenges are seen as boring and basic, but significant for enterprises.
Canonical's current CEO is also leaving next month.
Canonical is putting its focus on cloud and IoT.
They’ll also increase each other’s market reach.
Other big NFV vendors must grapple with decision to join open source projects.
Canonical contributed the initial code for the snap.
One goes beyond the ETSI NFV MANO diagram.