During most of 2009, Canonical kept polishing Landscape -- a remote management platform for Ubuntu servers, desktops, mobile devices and even cloud environments. Originally, Landscape was offered only as a SaaS (software as a service) platform. But by mid-2009, Canonical introduced Landscape Dedicated Server -- an on-premise solution.
Making Their MovesFast forward to the present and a range of software companies are joining the Ubuntu enterprise management party. A few recent and forthcoming examples include:
- Groundwork Open Source's GWOS Monitor Enterprise 6.1 now offers Ubuntu support. Groundwork positions itself as a network monitoring alternative to the Big 4 options (CA, BMC, HP Openview and IBM Tivoli).
- Kaseya in February 2010 plans to launch Kaseya 2, an on-premise and SaaS framework for VARs and IT administrators to remotely manage systems. Kaseya Executive VP Jim Alves says Linux support -- including Ubuntu support -- will arrive this year.
- Likewise Software, which specializes in Apple, Unix, Linux and Active Directory integration, is building a closer relationship with Canonical and Ubuntu.
- Canonical is expected to debut another Landscape upgrade sometime after Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) arrives in April 2010.
- Bomgar, which makes appliance-based remote support software, already supports Ubuntu. But it's safe to expect the company to make additional moves.