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Will “Karmic Koala” Cloud Tech Catch On?

I’m looking forward to seeing more details about the Ubuntu Linux open-source operating system. I read recently that a “Karmic Koala” version is due out October 29th, and I understand that both the desktop and server versions embrace cloud computing.

Something called Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is built into the server version of Ubuntu 9.10, and it is constructed atop Eucalyptus software – which implements many Amazon Web Services (AWS) functions, allowing businesses to build their own “private clouds.”

Meanwhile, in Ubuntu’s desktop version, there’s a cloud connection service called Ubuntu One. That enables Ubuntu users to synchronize files stored on different machines and back them up on the central service.

I’m always fascinated by new and emerging cloud technology, and I’m happy to hear about it – even as an alternative to Windows 7 (and the ubiquitous chatter about it). But let’s face it, as a recent article points out, it faces challenges.

Yes, it’s popular among the Linux elite, but it’s competing with Red Hat on the server, and on desktops, what’s the chance of finding a Linux user among five office workers or consumers (They’re more likely to be customers of Windows or Mac, no?)?

But let’s skip back to the server environment for a minute – where Linux is a fixture. Perhaps businesses who want access to raw computing and their own apps and data storage capability will go for the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. The software interface mirrors that of AWS’ EC2 and S3 – so it’ll be familiar enough to anyone with exposure to the cloud.

Again, it’s another choice, and choice is good. Just my thoughts!

Hovhannes Avoyan

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Paid Monitor CEO – Hovhannes is an international entrepreneur with a recognized and respected reputation in the high tech industry. His technical expertise, combined with his drive to build the best business/product, has positioned him as a visionary international extension of Silicon Valley.

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