Ubuntu to launch cloud appliance store

Cloud computing

Ubuntu has revealed plans to launch its own cloud appliance store as part of its server launch at the end of this month.

The Karmic Koala server release, due on 29 October, will be focused on Ubuntu's Enterprise Cloud (UEC), increasing cloud capabilities for its users.

The company also plans to introduce a cloud appliance store, enabling customers to purchase and download applications for their server instantly and from one location.

Gery Carr from Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, told IT PRO: This is fresh off the production line and will start with running one appliance... to show you how it works and let you enjoy it."

"Our long term goal is to add other open source and proprietary appliances on there throughout 2010."

It has not been confirmed what the first appliance will be on the simply named UED store, but it will definitely be open source-based.

Any applications a user downloads will also have to adhere to security and maintenance rules set by Ubuntu.

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