Scale out with Ubuntu Server
Ubuntu Server brings economic and technical scalability to your datacentre, public or private. Whether you want to deploy an OpenStack cloud, a Hadoop cluster or a 50,000-node render farm, Ubuntu Server delivers the best value scale-out performance available.
What’s new in 18.04 LTS
- Supported by Canonical until 2023
- Runs on all major architectures – x86, x86-64, ARM v7, ARM64, POWER8 and IBM s390x (LinuxONE)
- New ubuntu-minimal images that are smaller and boot faster
- Fast and accurate time synchronization with chrony
- A new, default server installer ISO with a new interface and faster install
- Supports ZFS, the next-generation volume management/ file system ideal for servers and containers
- LXD 3.0 - Linux containers including clustering, Qos, and resource controls (CPU, memory, block I/O/ graphics, and storage quota)
- Updates to LXD (v3.0), DPDK (v17.11.1), Postgresql (v10.3), Libvirt (v4.0), NGINX (v1.13), Qemu (v2.11.1), Docker (v17.03), Puppet (v4.10), MySQL (v5.7), PHP (v7.2), and more
- Install snaps for simple application installation and release management
- Linux 4.15 kernel
- Certification as a guest on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Joyent, IBM, Google Cloud Platform and Rackspace
- Easily configure networking through netplan.io
What’s new in 18.10
- Supported by Canonical for 9 months
- Runs on all major architectures – x86, x86-64, ARM v7, ARM64, POWER8, POWER9, and IBM s390x (LinuxONE)
- Updated installer with advanced networking support (e.g. bridges, bonds, and vlans) and storage support (e.g. LVM, mdadm etc)
- Linux 4.18 kernel
- Updates to LXD (v3.5), qemu (v2.12) and more
- NVDIMM support added
Landscape: Server management
Landscape allows you to manage thousands of Ubuntu machines as easily as one, making the administration of Ubuntu desktops, servers and cloud instances more cost-effective. It’s easy to set up, easy to use and it requires no special hardware.
- Management at scale
- Deploy security updates
- Compliance reporting
- Role-based access
- Informative monitoring
Ubuntu Server on Power
In addition to x86 and ARM servers, Ubuntu is supported on the Power architecture. For the enterprise datacentre, this means you can now build your infrastructure on any hardware you choose.
Performance and versatility
Agile, secure, deploy-anywhere technology for fast-moving companies
It doesn’t matter whether you want to deploy a NoSQL database, web farm or cloud. Ubuntu has the performance and versatility you need. Certified by leading hardware OEMs and with comprehensive deployment tools, so you can get the most from your infrastructure.
Our regular release cycle means that we support most of the latest applications. A lean initial installation and integrated deployment and application modeling technologies make Ubuntu Server a great solution for simple deployment and management at scale.
Ubuntu release cycle
A release schedule you can depend on
Stay up-to-date with regular updates and upgrades
Long-term support (LTS) releases of Ubuntu Server are supported by Canonical for five years. Every six months, interim releases bring new features, while hardware enablement updates add support for the latest machines to all supported LTS releases.
Ubuntu Advantage: world class support
The Ubuntu Advantage service programme provides fast problem resolution, direct access to Ubuntu experts and efficient administration with the Ubuntu systems management package, Landscape.
Landscape allows you to manage thousands of Ubuntu machines as easily as one, making the administration of Ubuntu desktops, servers and cloud instances more cost-effective.
Get in touch
Speak to our technical support team about your server requirements.
Choose from the most popular public clouds
Use Ubuntu Server in the public cloud and get all the benefits of Ubuntu Server, specially tailored for public cloud infrastructures and without any licence restrictions.
Ubuntu is the most widely used developer platform for open‐source cloud building, the reference operating system for OpenStack, and the most popular cloud guest operating system on private and public clouds globally.
Built for big data and cloud
Speed and simplicity, on bare metal or in the cloud
With its new rapid deployment tools, Ubuntu significantly speeds up the installation of server instances on bare metal. And our service orchestration tool, Juju, makes deploying big data services surprisingly simple — on bare metal or in the cloud. That’s why vendors like 10gen, Cloudera, Couchbase, DataStax, Hortonworks, LexisNexis and Map-R partner with us.
The fast track to virtualisation and containers
Ready to boost efficiencies and reduce costs? Virtualise your servers with Ubuntu Server, KVM and LXD. When you use a secure, lean version of Ubuntu as a guest operating system for your application, you can create virtual machines and machine containers in seconds. KVM, LXD, Xen, VMware, Vagrant, VirtualBox, and Docker are all first class experiences with Ubuntu Server. Ubuntu Server now supports KVM on ARM and IBM POWER8 architectures.
Canonical believes in choice — that's why we support an open ecosystem of operating system intercompatibility. By providing choice, users of Ubuntu for both servers and clouds are empowered to succeed with any workload. We encourage others to do the same and offer support for all (currently supported) versions of Ubuntu Server running on other virtualisation platforms, including KVM on other commercially available Linux distributions, VMware vSphere, and Microsoft Hyper‑V.
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