October 15, 2014 - 3:08 pm. Posted by Viktor Petersson
We’re excited to announce that as of today, CloudSigma is an Ubuntu Certified Cloud Provider.
This partnership means that we will be working closely with Canonical (the makers of Ubuntu), ensuring that Ubuntu runs flawlessly on our cloud. This also means that we will be part of Ubuntu’s ecosystem, which includes exciting projects such as JuJu for deploying applications into our cloud.
For you as a customer, there are many benefits to this partnership.
As part of being a certified cloud provider, we are working closely with Canonical to make Ubuntu run perfectly on our cloud, consistently over time.
Starting today, Canonical is producing customized Ubuntu images that have been enhanced and tested exclusively for CloudSigma. Ubuntu 14.10 LTS is already available in our drives library under the name ‘Ubuntu 14.04 Cloud Image.’
In the near future, there will also be an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS image available for those of you using 12.04.
Going forward, these images will be the way of running Ubuntu on our platform. In addition, these images will be updated frequently to ensure that they have the latest security updates, so newly deployed servers start from a patched state.
You may have noticed that there is a new button in the server section named CloudInit. We haven’t spoken a great deal about CloudInit on this blog yet, but we are planning to write a more detailed blog post about it in the near future.
In summary, CloudInit is a great way to kickstart your servers. Using CloudInit, you can tell the system to do things like these on the first boot (among many others):
In addition to this, thanks to CloudInit, you no longer need to worry about finding a server with the appropriate disk size (or attach extra disks for extra storage). Simply clone the image from our drives library and re-size it to the desired size in the web interface or over the API.
Upon first boot, the server will automatically expand the disk to take advantage of the full disk size.
Another thing that really benefits you as a customer is that we will start offering local mirrors for the Ubuntu repository.
That means that, instead of going over the internet to fetch updates, you will never need to leave our network. This will greatly improve the speed of which you can retrieve the latest updates for your Ubuntu servers.
Do you want to take this new image for a spin? Click here to try Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for free. No credit card is required and we’ve even put a ready Ubuntu server in our account to get you started.
If you already have an account, just login and look for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS image in the marketplace. Or choose the 14.10 version Ubuntu Unicorn.