How Ubuntu is helping to optimize Google Cloud


While the products that Ubuntu provides — such as Canonical Livepatch Service and Juju — are well-known in the cloud community, its corporate stance is not as recognized. It’s hoping to change that perception.

“Ubuntu is a very popular [operating system], and we are most dominant in public cloud,” explained Udi Nachmany, vice president of public cloud at Ubuntu.

In fact, a large majority of workloads that are on Google Cloud, Azure and AWS all run on Ubuntu, Nachmany said. When cloud developers are creating something exciting, they’re quite often developing it on Ubuntu and communicating with the Ubuntu organization in the process. In this way, Ubuntu gets a good view of the problems and challenges that developers are facing, helping them to solve issues on the fly, leading to better “lessons learned” for their products and services.

Nachmany recently joined Stu Miniman (@stu), co-host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, at SiliconANGLE’s Palo Alto, CA, studio to discuss news from the Google Cloud Next event. In addition to discussing Ubuntu’s services, they also talked about Google’s overall cloud strategy.

Google cloud strategy

Looking at what cloud providers are doing today, there are two stories: an on-prem story and a hybrid story, Nachmany explained. While cloud providers may like to believe in a world where everybody is happy on a public cloud, they also live in reality, where a hybrid solution may fit customer needs better.

Nachmany said that Google works on making very good, solid set of specific solutions (such as for big data or Kubernetes — an open-source system for managing containerized applications) to attract organizations and get them into that part of the Google Cloud platform, which will then hopefully lead customers to rely on Google Cloud more and more.

Ubuntu is popular in public clouds, and it’s popular in production for business-critical workloads, Nachmany explained. And more organizations realize that they need to think carefully about where they are placing their workloads and what that means to them in terms of getting the right support for things like security. For example, a recent kernel vulnerability was found in Linux distributions. Ubuntu’s Canonical Livepatch Service patches these kinds of vulnerabilities.

Nachmany believes that many organizations have a lot of machines running on different substrates, and they are concerned about uptime and what sort of professional support is available to help them maintain that uptime.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of Google Cloud Next 2017(*Disclosure: Some segments on SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE are sponsored. Sponsors have no editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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