Canonical and VMware Collaborate to Enable OpenStack Clouds With VMware Technologies

Canonical and VMware Collaborate to Enable OpenStack Clouds With VMware 
Companies Work to Enable Customers to Confidently Use OpenStack With
VMware's Enterprise-Grade Virtualization Technologies 
PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 04/16/13 --  (OpenStack Summit)
Canonical and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in
virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced a
collaboration that will enable organizations to deploy VMware
technologies, including VMware vSphere(R) and Nicira NVP, with
Canonical's OpenStack distribution. Canonical's Ubuntu Cloud
Infrastructure, the most widely used OpenStack distribution, will now
include the plugins required to use OpenStack with vSphere and NVP.
Canonical will provide commercial support for OpenStack and will
collaborate with VMware on issues related to vSphere or NVP running
with OpenStack. In addition, VMware reaffirms its support of Ubuntu
as a fully supported guest operating system (OS) on vSphere. This
agreement will enable customers the flexibility to deploy and
reliably run OpenStack clouds with Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure on
VMware vSphere while receiving commercial support. 
"By fulfilling our promise to deliver VMware vSphere(R) support in
OpenStack, and teaming with Canonical to serve our collective
customers, we're delivering customer choice by providing a powerful
platform for those interested in OpenStack clouds," Joshua Goodman,
vice president, Product Management, vSphere, VMware. "Canonical's
Ubuntu technology is widely used by those deploying OpenStack, and
joint customers will be able leverage the familiar and proven
capabilities of the vSphere infrastructure in which they've already
As part of the OpenStack "Grizzly" release on April 4, 2013, VMware
contributed code to add vSphere support to the OpenStack Compute
project (codenamed "Nova"). These contributions were built on
VMware's existing leadership in the OpenStack Networking project
(codenamed "Quantum"), which focused on Nicira NVP. Canonical and
VMware will collaborate on software testing, deployment automation,
customer support and reference designs. Additionally, VMware's
continued support of Ubuntu as a guest OS on vSphere enables
customers to run production workloads at the highest virtual machi
densities on the world's most battle-tested hypervisor platform. 
"Customers in both enterprise and carrier markets are eager to deploy
OpenStack in conjunction with their existing VMware vSphere(R)
infrastructure," said Chris Kenyon, senior vice president, Sales and
Business Development, Canonical. "This joint offering will be a fully
supported and certified solution for OpenStack cloud infrastructure
that uses VMware hypervisors for compute, combining existing vSphere
real estate with Ubuntu's category-leading OpenStack distribution." 
Additional Resources  

--  Learn more about VMware at the OpenStack Summit
--  Connect with VMware on Twitter and Facebook
--  Learn more about Ubuntu's cloud offering at

About Canonical Ltd.
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professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide
around scale-out computing. As the company behind the Ubuntu project,
Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu -- the
leading Linux choice for building cloud infrastructure and running as
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public cloud providers to certify Ubuntu, provide migration,
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infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the
Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way
they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a
manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With
2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 480,000
customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in
Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found
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Roger T. Fortier
VMware, Inc. Global Communications
Patrick Mahoney
The OutCast Agency for VMware
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