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Federico Lucifredi

Today we’re introducing some new features into Ubuntu’s systems management and monitoring tool, Landscape. Organisations will now be able to use Landscape to manage Hyperscale environments ranging from ARM to x86 low-power designs, adding to Landscape’s existing coverage of Ubuntu in the cloud, data centre server, and desktop environments. There’s an update to the Dedicated Server too, bringing SAAS and Dedicated Server versions in alignment.

Calxeda 'Serial Number 0' in Canonical's lab

Hyperscale is set to address today’s infrastructure challenges by providing compute capacity with less power for lower cost. Canonical is at the forefront of the trend. Ubuntu already powers scale-out workloads on a new wave of low-cost ultradense hardware based on x86 and ARM processors including Calxeda EnergyCore and Intel Atom designs. Ubuntu is also the default OS for HP’s Project Moonshot servers.

Calxeda 01 - Wide

This update includes support for ARM processors and allows organisations to manage thousands of Hyperscale machines as easily as one, making it more cost-effective to run growing networks spanning tens of thousands of devices. The same patch management and compliance features are available for ARM as they are for x86 environments, making Landscape the first systems management tool of a leading Linux vendor to introduce ARM support – and we are doing so on a level of feature parity across architectures.

Calxeda is the leading innovator engaged in bringing ARM chips to servers and partnered with us early on to bring Ubuntu to their new platform. “Landscape system management support for ARM is a huge step forward”, said Larry Wikelius, co-founder and Vice President at Calxeda. “Adding datacenter-class management to the Ubuntu platform for ARM demonstrates Canonical’s commitment to innovation for Hyperscale customers, who are looking to Calxeda to help improve their power efficiency.”

Calxeda 'Serial number 0' in Canonical's Boston lab

“Landscape’s support for the ARM architecture extends to all ARM SoCs supported by Ubuntu, but we adopted the Calxeda EnergyCore systems in our labs as the reference design in light of both their early arrival to market and their maturity”, said Federico Lucifredi, Product Manager for Landscape and Ubuntu Server at Canonical, adding “we are excited to be bringing Landscape to Hyperscale systems on both ARM and x86 Atom architectures.” CIOs and System Administrators considering implementing Hyperscale environments on Ubuntu will now have access to the same enterprise-grade systems management and monitoring capabilities they enjoy in their data centres today with Landscape.

Kurt Keville, HPC Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) commented: “MIT’s interest in low power computing designs aims to achieve the execution of production HPC codes at the same level of numerical performance, yet within a smaller power envelope.”  He added: “With Landscape, we can manage our ARM development clusters with the same kind of granularity we are accustomed to on x86 systems. We are able to manage ARM compute clusters without affecting our production network bandwidth in any way”.

Parallella Gen0 prototypes stack

The Parallella Board project aims to make parallel computing ubiquitous through an affordable Open Hardware platform equipped with Open Source tools. Andreas Olofsson, CEO, Adapteva said: “We selected Ubuntu as our default platform because of its popularity with the developer Community and relentless pace of updating, regularly providing our users with the newest builds for any project.”  He added: “ The availability of a management and monitoring platform like Landscape is essential to managing complexity as the scale of Parallella clusters rapidly reaches into the hundreds or even thousands of nodes.”

Parallella 01 - Processes

As we talk to customers building cloud infrastructure or big data computing environments, it’s clear that power consumption and efficient scaling are key drivers to their architectural decisions. When these considerations are coupled with Landscape’s efficiency and scalable management characteristics, we believe enterprises will be able to achieve a significant shift in both scalability and manageability in their data centre through Hyperscale architecture.

Ubuntu is the default OS for HP’s project Moonshot cartridges, ships or is available for download to every Moonshot customer, with direct support from HP backed by Canonical’s worldwide support organization.  The Landscape update today also means that the full bundle of Ubuntu Advantage support and services becomes available to Moonshot customers.

“Canonical continues to lead the way in the Hyperscale OS arena introducing full enterprise-grade support services for Ubuntu on Hyperscale hardware”, remarked Martin Stadtler, Director of Support Services at Canonical.

Landscape’s Dedicated Server edition has also been refreshed in this update. This means that those businesses choosing to keep the service onsite (rather than hosted) will benefit from the same functionality and a series of updates already available to SAAS customers, including the new audit log facility and performance enhancements, while retaining full local control of their management infrastructure.

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Federico Lucifredi

The Landscape Team is happy to announce the release of an update to Landscape Dedicated Server, the version of our Ubuntu Systems Management service deployed behind the firewall at customer sites.

LDS 11.07.1 (11.07.20120217-2) aligns the Dedicated Server with updates recently introduced on  It includes support for the new AWS region in São Paulo (sa-east-1) and Ubuntu Oneiric (11.10) images, as well as a number of security fixes detailed in the release notes.

The most noteworthy new feature is support for OpenStack as a custom EC2 compatible endpoint.  I was able to set up CanoniStack (our internal R&D Cloud) as a cloud deployment target in my Landscape account and start launching instances from Landscape quicker than it is taking me to write about it – and it is all fronted in our standard cross-cloud interface in Landscape.


Landscape + OpenStack

Landscape launching two Oneiric instances on an OpenStack Cloud.


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Jamu Kakar

Our new cloud experience!

We recently announced our new user interface and today we released an updated cloud experience, which was designed as part of the refresh process.  The new cloud experience has a different focus than what we had before.  We want to satisfy two types of users:

  • Cloud operators are users that manage a cloud.  They control an account on Amazon Web Services or an account on an Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, and want to provide access to their users to make use of resources in the cloud(s) they control.
  • Cloud users are people that want to make use of cloud resources to run their workloads.  This user would traditionally go to the IS department and make a hardware request to satisfy their needs.

The first step to try the new functionality is to register your cloud with Landscape.

The new user interface lets a cloud operator create resource groups, which are groups of related users, and to limit the number of instances a user can run at once.  The system keeps track of how many instance hours each user uses and shows current capacity uses along with a graph to show usage history over time.

The user interface is split into two sections:

  • The cloud section, shown at the top, provides a high-level view of activity in a cloud, including the capacity being used and a graph showing the usage over time.  The ‘Settings’ tab provides tools to configure the registered cloud.
  • The resource group section, shown below the cloud section, provides a view of activity in a resource group.  Tabs provide access to tools to manage EC2 artefacts such as key pairs, security groups, elastic IPs, etc., and of course, to start and stop instances.

When a user has instances running they can be seen in the resource group they were started in.

When a cloud user is added to a resource group they receive an email invitation to join Landscape.  Only cloud operators have access to the full functionality in the new user interface.  Right now, cloud users can retrieve their credentials and the EC2 endpoint to use them with.  They can use EC2-compatible tools such as euca2ools or ElasticFox to make use of the resources they have available to them.  In the future, we’ll make the functionality in the new user interface available to cloud users, too.

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