Ubuntu One
Canonical has begun beta testing a managed storage service -- known as Ubuntu One (pictured) -- that allows Ubuntu 9.04 users to share and sync files between multiple Ubuntu PCs. Here's the scoop from The VAR Guy.

The service, known as Ubuntu One, is in beta and available in two formats:
  • Free for up to 2GB of storage
  • $10 for a 10GB monthly storage plan
At $10 per month, Ubuntu One won't make Canonical rich. But Ubuntu's installed base stands at around 10 million or more desktops and services, The VAR Guy estimates. And the potential user base for Ubuntu One is growing rapidly each month.

Multiple Revenue Streams

Ubuntu One represents Canonical's latest attempt to build profitable recurring revenue services around the company's popular Linux distribution.

Another Canonical initiative, called Landscape, involves closed source software that allows VARs and IT administrators to remotely manage Ubuntu servers, desktops and mobile devices. Over time, Landscape could emerge as a managed services platform for VARs that specailize in Ubuntu, The VAR Guy believes.

Channel Chatter

Meanwhile, Canonical's partner program remains a work in progress -- but there are some signs of momentum.

Canonical this month is launching new training programs for Ubuntu Server Edition, And Hewlett-Packard is expected to begin certifying its ProLiant Servers to run Ubuntu shortly.

In the meantime, The VAR Guy has reached out to Canonical seeking more information about the Ubuntu One managed storage service.

The VAR Guy blogs daily on his personal site. WorksWithU is updated multiple times per week. Don’t miss a single post. Sign up for our RSS and Twitter feeds (available now) and newsletter (coming in 2009).