Using Ubuntu in the public cloud

Ubuntu Server is the world’s most popular cloud operating system. Thanks to its security, versatility and policy of regular updates, Ubuntu is the leading cloud guest OS, running most workloads in public clouds today. With certified images available on clouds from partners like AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Rackspace, Oracle and IBM Softlayer, Ubuntu is the only free cloud operating system with the option of enterprise-grade commercial support.

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Why use Ubuntu Server in the cloud?

  • Proven for enterprise-scale workloads on all leading public clouds
  • Free from licence fees, regardless of how many images you run
  • Enterprise-grade support and management tools available direct from Canonical
  • Maintenance and security updates guaranteed for five years with Ubuntu LTS

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Answers to your most frequently asked questions about using Ubuntu as a cloud guest.

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Fast service deployment with Juju

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Juju is the fastest way to deploy and scale out your workloads on the leading public clouds. With Juju charm bundles, you can launch an entire cloud environment with one click, or just one command using the CLI. Use Juju to deploy your entire application infrastructure, all in one.

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The best management and support

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The Ubuntu Advantage support service has flexible Ubuntu Virtual Guest options, designed for virtualised enterprise workloads on Ubuntu-certified public clouds. Thanks to Landscape, efficient management of all your Ubuntu instances is only a few clicks away. And with the Canonical Livepatch Service, you can apply critical kernel patches without rebooting.

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Developers’ favourite

Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution for development and deployment. If your developers already use Ubuntu, moving to the cloud is even easier.

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Ready to get started?

Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS is a free download that includes five years worth of security and maintenance updates, guaranteed. Using an Ubuntu partner cloud ensures access to the latest certified Ubuntu cloud images. To run Ubuntu as guest on participating public clouds, the simplest way is to use the image maintained on their server.

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Google Cloud Platform

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Amazon Web Services

The Ubuntu guide to EC2

If you want to modify the standard images, or if you want to use an image on your private cloud, you can also get a detailed list of images and download a specific image.