Plenty of vendors are taking advantage of this week's OpenStack Summit in Atlanta to showcase their open source cloud computing innovations. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has been one of the loudest, with a slew of announcements regarding OpenStack support on Ubuntu, Ubuntu OpenStack training and more.

The announcements came from Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu and the former CEO of Canonical who has continued to play a leading role in the Ubuntu world despite having stepped down as CEO of the company in early 2010. During a keynote address at the OpenStack Summit, Shuttleworth discussed an array of developments that, in Canonical's view, underscore Ubuntu's competiveness in the open source cloud ecosystem:

  • For $15 per host per day, Canonical is offering a complete OpenStack service based on Ubuntu, which includes infrastructure, software, support and monitoring. This is an interesting direction for Canonical, which is now venturing into the cloud-hosting market.
  • Juju, Canonical's tool for deploying cloud services, now fully supports Windows guest operating systems as well as Linux ones.
  • OpenStack deployments include a record-breaking hyperscale computing platform from AMD and Tiahne-2, which was the world's fastest supercomputer for June and November 2013, according to the TOP500 project.
  • Canonical is now offering Ubuntu OpenStack training through a program called Jumpstart, by which Canonical staff will provide hardware (in the form of an Orange Box cluster delivered to a customer's premises for two weeks of use) and consultation services.

All of these moves make clear that Canonical is eager to shore up its segment of the OpenStack market, while also using OpenStack to open new revenue streams. And they're another reminder that the company has moved well beyond the world of traditional Linux desktops and servers on which it focused in its early days, with its eyes now fully set on the cloud.