Of course, Canonical is pursuing multiple strategies to drive revenue. A few examples include:
- Ubuntu desktop and server support
- Subscription revenue from Landscape, a remote management tool for Ubuntu. Landscape is available as both as SaaS and on-premises solution
- Subscription revenue from Ubuntu One, the online storage and file sharing system
- Revenues from the new Ubuntu One Music Store
- Consulting revenues from multiple projects, including Canonical's decision to help Google with Chrome OS
- Some new opportunities around Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud
Asay says Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud now has 12,000 active deployments, with 200 new ones coming online each day. (Still, we didn't get into deep details about how many of those deployments are monetized.)
Within a few months, Canonical plans to announce "more cloud services" and Canonical will keep "rolling out new functionality into a subscription offering," said Asay.
More Money MattersAsay declined to discuss specific details about Canonical's revenue streams. But he did offer some more clues about how Canonical's business is shaping up.
On the revenue front, Canonical's fiscal year runs April 2010 to March 2011. Asay predicts Canonical will "do multiples over what we did last year. We're starting from a good [revenue] number and we'll do several times more than in the previous year."
As part of that effort, Canonical is rolling out an enterprise subscription service within the next few weeks. And on the desktop, Canonical has signed a "fantastic deal" that's worth a lot every year."
Still, Asay concedes that Canonical faces challenges. Roughly 300 of the company's 330 employees are engineers -- meaning that Canonical still needs to ramp up its marketing and sales efforts more aggressively. But "because the company didn’t focus on money so long, the opportunities to make money are just sitting there."