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
Multiple Revenue StreamsUbuntu 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 ChatterMeanwhile, 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.
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