As far as cloud operating systems is concerned, Ubuntu Linux is, by far, the most popular one on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now, Ubuntu’s parent company Canonical is trying to extend its dominance even further by offering premium Ubuntu Pro Linux images to AWS users.
Ubuntu Pro has been created exclusively for Amazon Web Services and caters to the ever-growing needs of cloud and enterprise customers.
A number of Pro images that include several LTS versions (going as far back as Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) have been made available for AWS. These new images come with optimizations offered in Ubuntu’s standard Amazon Machine Images (AMI) along with automatically enabled key security and compliance subscriptions.
In short, Ubuntu Pro is optimized by AWS Ubuntu and it offers the whole package including security and support.
According to the latest report, Ubuntu has over 364,000 images with only generic Linux images surpassing it. Out of these 364,000 Ubuntu instances, only 190,000-plus belong to Canonical. So the company is hoping the new business-focused version will bring more subscribers.
Key features of Ubuntu Pro
Here are some of the major highlights of Ubuntu Pro for Amazon Web Services:
- Up to 10 years of package and security updates
- Kernel Livepatch
- Customized FIPS and Common Criteria EAL-compliant components
- Patch coverage for Ubuntu’s infrastructure and app repositories
- System management with Landscape
- Integration with AWS security and compliance features (applicable from 2020)
Ubuntu Pro is available directly through AWS Marketplace starting from December 4, 2019, and the prices range from free to $0.33 per hour for software plus AWS usage fees.
One can purchase, deploy and launch Ubuntu Pro images on AWS in a seamless and effortless manner without any need for additional provisioning or procurement processes.
To learn more about Ubuntu Pro, what’s included in it, you can head over to the Ubuntu blog.