Sure, Red Hat and Novell are firmly entrenched on corporate servers. But Canonical is trying its best to crack the corporate market. A case in point: Canonical recently changed its enterprise server support licensing. Basically, the price for Advanced (24/7) support is now US$1200 per Ubuntu server and the 10 incident limit on both standard and advanced support was removed, notes one source close to Canonical.
Canonical's enterprise push also includes closer work with IBM and Lotus. In October 2009, IBM partnered up with Canonical and Ubuntu to counter Windows 7. And back at Lotusphere 2008, IBM vowed to ensure Lotus Notes and Lotus Symphony supported Ubuntu.
It's safe to expect similar IBM-Canonical news at the 2010 Lotusphere event, The VAR Guy hears. Updated January 14, 1:42 p.m. eastern: Canonical just confirmed its Lotusphere plans.
Already, Alfresco -- an open source content management specialist -- has disclosed its plans for Lotusphere. The VAR Guy has an educated hunch that Canonical will do the same in the next few days.
Calling All Software DevelopersMeanwhile, Canonical is working overtime to solidify ISV (independent software vendor) relationships with a range of smaller software companies. Listen for potential ISV news on or around the time of the Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) release in April 2010.
Ubuntu 10.04, a long term support (LTS) release, will target cloud, server, desktop and mobile systems. As part of the Ubuntu 10.04 initiative, Canonical's John Pugh has been working closely with a range of ISVs. The following FastChat video, shot back in September 2009, reveals some of Pugh's priorities:
The next four months will rank among the most critical in Canonical's five-year history. In addition to the ISV and Ubuntu 10.04 efforts, Caninical is transitioning its CEO responsibilities from Mark Shuttleworth to Jane Silber.
The VAR Guy will continue his Canonical watch at Lotusphere.