Joyent offers Canonical-customized Ubuntu as a cloud service

Cloud service Joyent envisions more hybrid deployments using both Linux and SmartOS

By , IDG News Service |  Cloud Computing, Joyent, Linux

Joyent is also integrating node.js with the Ubuntu Juju service orchestration tool. Maintained by Joyent, node.js is a popular open-source, server-side platform for running JavaScript code. Joyent is developing a node.js Charm, which is a set of Juju commands for deploying a piece of software as a service. This will allow customers to automatically deploy node.js on Ubuntu virtual images.

Initially, Joyent will offer the 12.04 LTS "Long Term Release" and 13.10 editions of Ubuntu. When Canonical issues new versions of Ubuntu, it will prepare a new specific version for Joyent as well.

The new Ubuntu distribution can be run on Joyent starting at US$0.020 per hour. Pricing for the Canonical-backed enterprise support has not been established yet, though customers can also obtain routine support through the company's Ubuntu Advantage support service -- which offers support beginning at US$337 per year.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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