Ubuntu Linux And OpenStack Cloud Now Available On IBM Servers

It was just last year when IBM introduced LinuxOne, which is the new pair of IBM mainframes along with Linux and open-source software and services. These new systems are LinuxONE Emperor, which have been built on IBM z13 mainframe and Rockhopper. LinuxONE is the heart of IBM's hybrid cloud efforts. At the OpenStack Summit, Angel Diaz, VP of IBM Cloud Architecture & Technology, stated that LinuxOne with Ubuntu and OpenStack can easily deliver the speed and flexibility which is required by business in order to make the Benjamins.
 
 
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Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu states,
 
"Ubuntu is all about enabling users, such as Netflix, to create work easily without friction. On LinuxONE, you can just use Ubuntu without needing to know anything about the mainframe architecture."
 
Mark Shuttleworth also informs the users that Ubuntu is more than just technology. The company has got rid of the friction by charging a flat price for Ubuntu on LinuxONE. There is no cost in order to run Ubuntu VMs or or Logical Partition (LPARs) on the LinuxONE mainframe. Shuttleworth also goes on to state that LinuxONE and Ubuntu are incredible from an  I/O point of view.
 
Now ordinary users can also access all this power via OpenStack and easily target the mainframe in a similar manner as if it were another cloud.
 
A simple and easy way to do this is to run the applications off the platform. Mehta, IBM's Chief Engineer OpenStack Solutions & PaaS, along with Shuttleworth, goes on to show how easy it is to create an application on LinuxONE with Ubuntu and OpenStack simply by using Ubuntu Juju charms.
 
Juju is an Ubuntu DevOps tool program. According to Jorge Castro, Canonical's resident charm expert, Charms is a sharable, reusable and repeatable expression of DevOps best practices. You can easily use them in order to easily change and connect them to fit as per your requirements. Deploying a charm is like installing a package on Ubuntu. “Ask for it and it's there; remove it and it's gone."
 
According to Shuttleworth, Juju charms can easily be used in order to create applications on any hardware platform. With Juju on LinuxONE you will be able to set up a reusable model, which would contain the entire microservices which you will need without having to put them together by hand.
 
This goes on to make it very easy to get complex applications up and running. LinuxONE can easily handle numerous virtual machines and also deliver numerous containers; the combination of Ubuntu, Juju and Openstack makes it perfect for quick deployment of heavy-duty workloads.