Canonical Launches Ubuntu Pro for AWS

Ubuntu has more than 364,000 images with only generic Linux images. Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, today announced Ubuntu Pro images for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

These images come with the standard Canonical Ubuntu Amazon Machine Images (Amazon AMIs).

This new image is available from AWS Marketplace and includes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS. Other benefits include kernel and Livepatch support for rebootless kernel patching, Customized FIPS that allow the OS to use EAL-compliant components for environments under compliance regimes such as FedRAMP, PCI, HIPAA, and ISO.

Patches for Ubuntu’s application repositories and infrastructure covers hundreds of open source projects, including Apache Kafka, MongoDB, Node.js, RabbitMQ, and Redis.

A series of “Pro” images spanning multiple LTS models,Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, are available on AWS.

Ubuntu Pro is also said to be incorporated with some AWS security and compliance tools, such as AWS CloudTrail and AWS Security Hub.

Deepak Singh, VP of Computer Services at AWS said,“The new Ubuntu Pro images will deliver a further optimized experience to our customers, providing additional security and performance to their Ubuntu instances,”

Key Features of Ubuntu Pro:

  • Ten years of support for package updates.
  • Eight years of support for the older 16.04 and 14.04 releases.
  • Allow enterprises to purchase extended security maintenance.
  • Kernel Livepatch support for rebootless kernel patching
  • Continuous security patches

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS certification is in progress and is expected to be available to users by the mid of 2020. Certified hardware and kernel updates are not available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

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