Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has announced that Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph are now commercially available and supported on processors and servers based on 64-bit ARM v8-A architecture.

Corporations deploying OpenStack and Ceph are actively searching for more choice and innovation in the data centre. The expanded partnership between Canonical and ARM will make Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph Storage solutions, including Ubuntu Advantage support, available to address growing demand in enterprise and telco markets for ARMv8-A based enterprise solutions.

The focus will be on direct customer use cases, driving scale-out computing solutions in the server and cloud ecosystem. ARM and Canonical will actively work with Ubuntu certified System on Chip (SoC) partners, original design manufacturers (ODMs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to ensure production grade server systems, storage platforms and networking solutions are available in the market with Ubuntu Advantage support.

The ARM ecosystem has invested heavily in maturing the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture and server-grade chips are now available from multiple sources. Canonical has built a solid ecosystem program which ensures that enterprises can confidently deploy ARM-based systems from a variety of vendors all covered by Canonical's professional services and support.

"We have seen our telecom and enterprise customers start to radically depart from traditional server design to innovative platform architectures for scale-out compute and storage. In partnering with ARM we bring more innovation and platform choice to the marketplace," said Mark Baker, Product Manager, OpenStack, Canonical.

Ubuntu OpenStack underpins some of the cloud projects happening today in areas such as telco (NFV), retail, finance and media with large cloud customers such as Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Sky, AT&T, Cisco, Bloomberg and Time Warner Cable choosing Ubuntu.