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Canonical Landscape 1.5 Extends Ubuntu Linux Management for Enterprises - page 2

Enterprise-ready Management Tools

  • May 24, 2010
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

The ability to add systems to Landscape administration has also been improved to make it easier to scale for large deployments and mass client registrations.

"Landscape has always had a philosophy of wanting the system administrator to make a conscious human decision on what's going to happen for what will be upgraded," Drachnik said. "In terms of client registration, it also spilled over to that."

Drachnik explained that previously, when a new client would come to Landscape to be added, they would send a request to the system administrator who would then have to authenticate that individual client. He added that when an enterprise is trying to register thousands of systems, that model doesn't work well.

"So we implemented a way within Landscape so clients could automatically be registered with the Landscape server in an unattended way," Drachnik said.

Landscape 1.5 also provides some user interface improvement to better handle more systems. Deploying sets managed systems software is another improved feature, with new package profiles, which enable a system administrator to specify a set of packages that defines a configuration. As a result, the Landscape server can be used to help further automate deployment of package stacks.

For cloud users, Landscape 1.5 includes the ability to manage and deploy to a Amazon EC2 or a Eucalyptus cloud. Eucalyptus is the core private cloud technology behind the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC). A new cloud topology view provides a graphic that lets admins view the IP addresses of Ubuntu instances and see the logical structure of how they are connected to storage and other nodes within a cloud deployment.

"Within Landscape, you now have a single console that allows you start and stop cloud instances and manage those alongside your physical instances," Drachnik said.

Moving forward, Canonical is working on expanding its cloud visibility to enable enterprises to better understand the usage model of cloud deployments. Drachnik said enhancements being discussed include better visibility into details such as the amount of time a deployment is used, and by which department, that could help enterprises gain a better understanding of their cloud deployments from a cost perspective.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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