Ubuntu 16.10 Released with Hybrid Cloud Operations and Unity 8 Developer Preview, from Canonical

  • MAAS 2.0 delivers robust, highly-available IPAM and bare-metal provisioning
  • Hybrid cloud operations with Juju 2.0
  • Developer preview of Unity 8 includes desktop, tablet and phone UX convergence
  • OpenStack Newton with secure bare metal performance and containers
  • Snapd 2.16 delivers apps to a wide range of Linux servers, devices, and desktops
  • More than 500 snaps published, with updates directly to end-users from ISVs
  • Performance improvements in network and virtualization for throughput, latency

LONDON--()--Ubuntu, the platform used in the majority of cloud deployments worldwide, today released version 16.10 with hybrid cloud operations, bare-metal cloud performance, the ability to lift-and-shift 80% of Linux VMs to machine containers, Kubernetes for world-leading process-container coordination, full container support in OpenStack, and telco-grade networking latency enhancements.

“The world’s fastest hypervisor, LXD, and the world’s best cloud operating system, Ubuntu, together with the latest OpenStack and Kubernetes make for the world’s fastest and best private cloud infrastructure,” said Mark Shuttleworth, who leads Canonical’s product team and the Ubuntu project. “Our focus is to enable true hybrid cloud operations, and this release further enhances the tools and platform that most companies depend on to operate effectively across all major public clouds and in one’s own data center, from bare metal to cloud container.”

Universal ‘snap’ Linux packages that merge container and packaging technology give developers a single format to distribute their apps and services from cloud to IoT. Snaps work on Ubuntu 16.10, 16.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS, and a range of Linux operating systems.

“Rocket.Chat, the open source web chat platform had to support over 30 deployment platforms across many different on-premises and cloud solutions. Making Rocket.Chat available as a snap was a simple process which now means any user can install the service in a few minutes as opposed to requiring hours of configuration by a system administrator. This is definitely one of the easiest distribution methods we have ever used,” said Gabriel Engel, CEO of Rocket.Chat.

MAAS 2.0 - the “physical cloud” featuring IPAM and bare metal provisioning of Ubuntu, CentOS and Windows hosts is now highly available in standard configurations. MAAS enables a physical data center to “feel like a cloud”, with on-demand availability of machines with custom images through a web or REST API. Total automation from the moment racks enter the building to the moment apps are running is the goal of MAAS.

The GA release of Juju 2.0 enables organizations to operate ‘big software’ applications like Hadoop and Kubernetes in a consistent, model-driven fashion across multiple public clouds and private infrastructure. Model-driven operations provide an ‘open source SAAS’ experience, transforming the process for application onboarding and with shared and crowdsourced operational code. Juju 2.0 added support for vSphere infrastructure, enabling private clouds on both OpenStack and VMware.

Network performance is a primary focus of this release, with updated versions of Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), OpenVSwitch (OVS) and virtualization technologies, all able to handle critical application traffic for lower latency and greater throughput. Ubuntu 16.10 and the corresponding updates to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS further enhance Ubuntu’s position as the leading private cloud infrastructure operating system, with OpenStack Newton, DPDK, enhanced OpenVSwitch and LXD machine containers alongside regular KVM based VM guests.

Ubuntu 16.10 previews Canonical’s device convergence vision. Unity 8 developer preview includes apps that scale from phone to desktop, from mouse to touch screen, setting a precedent for the next wave of Linux devices.

Full range of containers
Ubuntu 16.10 features all types of containers: process containers (Docker 1.12), machine containers (LXD 2.4), and application containers (Snapd 2.16).

The Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes provides high-level coordination of process containers like Docker, OCID and Rkt. Kubernetes is supported on all major public clouds, bare metal, and OpenStack.

Canonical OpenStack with the LXD pure-container hypervisor provides high-level management for lightweight machine containers at scale. Machine containers look, feel and operate like virtual machines, enabling companies to lift-and-shift virtual machine to containers with no modifications to the app or operations.

On the desktop, Libreoffice, Krita, and VLC have all published snaps to distribute a universal package across Linux distributions. Nextcloud, an open solution for hosting and file sharing, are leveraging snaps on the Nextcloud box, a private cloud solution for home users, running from a Raspberry Pi.

All Canonical server, cloud and container products are available on Intel/AMD64, x86, IBM LinuxONE, Z Systems, POWER and ARMv8-A.


Rebecca Cradick, +44 20 7630 2440

Release Summary

Ubuntu today released version 16.10 with hybrid cloud operations, bare-metal cloud performance and the ability to lift-and-shift Linux VMs to machine containers.


Rebecca Cradick, +44 20 7630 2440