Ubuntu 11.10 Is DevOps Distilled
Ubuntu 11.10 is now available for free public download. Word on the street is that this iteration of the open source operating system will feature "management and orchestration tools" that DevOps practitioners need to embrace cloud computing. Ubuntu 11.10 introduces Juju (previously codenamed Ensemble) for service deployment and orchestration across multiple cloud infrastructures, large-scale bare-metal deployments, and workstation-based service prototyping.
This is the final release prior to Ubuntu's next Long Term Support (LTS) release, due in April next year. Commercial Ubuntu services supporter Canonical explains that Juju enables infrastructure and service developers to describe the deployment and scaling requirements of their applications to enhance the dialog between developers and ops teams. "Juju can be referred to as DevOps Distilled because it brings such clarity to the development-deployment dialog and process," says the company.