Canonical scored a win for its cloud business this week with Oracle's announcement that Ubuntu images are now available for enterprise customers on Oracle Cloud.

The deal will place certified images of Ubuntu for the cloud on Oracle's hosting platform. But certification isn't the main part of Canonical's pitch for enterprise adoption of its cloud platform. It's the simplicity that businesses can gain from using the same open source environments for development and production, according to the company.

"Aside from the obvious cost savings inherent in open source cloud development, one of the key benefits of using official Ubuntu images is that customers use the same operating system at scale in production as in development, at no additional cost," said Udi Nachmany, Canonical's head of Certified Public Cloud. "Organizations may want to deploy their servers on-premises, develop their own private cloud in-house, or use the Oracle Cloud. Ubuntu offers this flexibility."

Of course, none of these features are unique to the Oracle offering. Certified Ubuntu cloud images have already been available on other major public cloud services for some time, such as AWS, Azure and HP Cloud. But the expansion to Oracle Cloud does provide another option for businesses -- and one that is strongly enterprise-oriented.

The agreement also means it will be easier to deploy Ubuntu on Oracle Cloud. Certified Ubuntu images provide organizations with access to updates, archive mirrors for fast downloads and other features. And they make enterprise-grade support available for Ubuntu deployments from Canonical, an Oracle PartnerNetwork member.