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May 31, 2011

UShareSoft Delivers a SuSE Studio-Like Appliance Deployment Platform for the Ubuntu Community

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

UShareSoft, a provider of self-service cloud-based virtual software images and Canoncial, a sponsor of the Ubuntu (News - Alert) project, just revealed that the UForge Appliance Factory now supports Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and the latest 11.04 release. Using UForge, Ubuntu developers can rapidly assemble and increase the rate of appliance deployment, through packaging their applications as cloud-ready appliances. This will also help the company to create business ready full stack software images for easy software evaluation and instant Proof-of-Concepts. In addition, UForge will also support all future versions of Ubuntu.

According to a press release, the two companies have also signed a partnership agreement to leverage this new opportunity for the Ubuntu developer community. As part of this agreement, UShareSoft will offer the Ubuntu Community a UForge Free Tier account within the Ubuntu operating system.

UForge is a self-service factory for automating the creation and configuration of software appliances and image templates. It packages software components into a single, self-contained software images ready for deployment to physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures, the released stated.

“For developers using Ubuntu the UForge Appliance Factory is a major step forward in convenience and speed of getting appliances built and on the cloud. We already know how popular Ubuntu is for cloud-based development and deployment,” said Nick Barcet, cloud solutions lead at Canonical, in a statement.

Barcet said that this will make it at a yet more obvious choice for anyone looking to deploy rapidly and at scale and onto whatever environment they choose.

 “Since the release of Ubuntu 10.04 Server Edition, there has been worldwide acceptance of the importance of Ubuntu in the cloud ecosystem," said James Weir, CTO of UShareSoft.  “The partnership between Canonical and UShareSoft means a huge boost in productivity for developers who are ramping their software to the cloud."

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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