The bare-metal provisioning allows an administrator to install a copy of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, along with associated software, on a server devoid of any software. Ubuntu's Metal-as-a-Service (MAAS) technology uses Intel's PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) protocol, which allows computers to be started up from over a network. An administrator could use this tool to quickly install hundreds or even thousands of copies of Ubuntu at remote locations, even over a WAN (wide area network).
The new software is also designed to easily manage software repositories. An organization may maintain their own repositories of the software they use, especially open source software. This allows them to test and modify the updates before they are installed on production machines.
Other new features: Machines can be assigned specific policies for when to update themselves, with options to update only security patches or to go through with all updates. Machines can also be instructed to do updates only during certain hours, so the updates won't slow the servers during times of heavy usage.
Landscape is proprietary software available only as part of the Ubuntu Advantage service package. It can run on either a dedicated server or be hosted by Canonical itself. With this edition, Landscape can now support up to 40,000 clients from a single console. Ubuntu Advantage starts at $100 per desktop and $700 per server per year, with tiered discounts based on the number of computers being managed.