Ubuntu 16.10 comes preloaded with Juju 2.0 to enable organisational operations with ‘big software’ applications such as Hadoop and Kubernetes across public cloud and private infrastructure. There is also support for VSphere infrastructure to let enterprises deploy private cloud solutions on OpenStack as well as VMware.
Apart from the advanced Juju tool version, Canonical has added MAAS 2.0 to offer bare metal provisioning alongside the fresh Ubuntu experience. The operating system additionally comes with the LXD pure-container hypervisor to deliver high-level management and performance for various container solutions.
“The world’s fastest hypervisor, LXD, and the world’s best cloud operating system, Ubuntu, together with the latest OpenStack and Kubernetes make for the world’s fastest and best private cloud infrastructure,” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project at Canonical, in a statement.
Shuttleworth added that the prime focus of releasing the new Ubuntu version is to enable ‘true’ hybrid cloud operations. “This release further enhances the tools and platform that most companies depend on to operate effectively across all major public clouds and in one’s own data center, from bare metal to cloud container,” he concluded.
Continuing the trend of pushing snaps over debs, Ubuntu 16.10 natively supports snap Linux packages.
However, unlike its previous versions, the newest Ubuntu platform enables snap packages with container and packaging technology. This provides developers a unified format to distribute apps and services for computing devices, the cloud and IoT. Also, Canonical’s Ubuntu now includes updated versions of the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), OpenVSwitch (OVS) and various virtualization technologies to handle critical application traffic for lower latency and greater throughput.
In addition to the features for cloud deployments, Ubuntu 16.10 has the Unity 8 developer preview. This latest version of the device convergence vision sets the stage for future Linux devices by enabling apps that can scale from the phone to the desktop and shift from the mouse to the touchscreen.