Canonical Systems Management and Monitoring Tool Adds Dedicated Server

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'Landscape Dedicated Server' now available for pre-order.

Canonical, the founder of the Ubuntu project, announced today a new architecture and installation option for its systems management and monitoring system for Ubuntu machines - enabling enterprises to have greater local control over their deployments.

Canonical's Landscape Dedicated Server will be available to be installed on the customer's site running on their local network.

Landscape provides the growing number of businesses deploying multiple instances of Ubuntu on servers and desktops with the means to more easily manage and maintain their systems. The tool significantly reduces the cost of ownership and improves the efficiency of resources for any Ubuntu deployment. Landscape will now be available in two architectures: installed on-site or hosted as software as a service (SaaS) by Canonical.

"System Administrators' jobs are hectic enough. Landscape reduces errors associated with routine updates by automating the management of Ubuntu systems - freeing up time to work on more important tasks," said Ken Drachnik, Landscape manager at Canonical. "When released in late September, Landscape Dedicated Server will give customers the flexibility to download package updates from their own private repository or the Ubuntu public package repository."

"We've been testing the new Landscape server, and it has saved us significant time and money by automating many of the routine maintenance tasks on our Ubuntu servers like patching and package updates," said Aidan Carty, information security officer from HEAnet, Ireland's national education and research network. "Being able to install Landscape and host it internally in a HEAnet datacentre gives us greater control over our own and clients' infrastructures."

What's New:

Landscape Dedicated Server will install in a customer's data center and provide all of the package management, auditing and monitoring capability of the hosted service for both physical and cloud-based Ubuntu instances.

The Landscape Dedicated Server will be able to be configured to manage systems on a network with limited or no access to the public Internet. All system configuration, policies, and profiles are stored locally on the internal infrastructure.

About Landscape:

Landscape provides users with a web interface on which all machines are registered. From this single interface, packages and security updates are deployed to the entire network of servers and/or desktops with a single click. Additionally a wealth of monitoring data is provided graphically to the administrator showing process and resource use as well as flagging any available security fixes for the system. Landscape can now be deployed as a hosted service or on a dedicated server behind the corporate firewall.

Pricing and Availability:

When available in late September 2009, Landscape Dedicated Server will be offered at $150 per node plus server, installation and support fees. Those interested in being the first to get updates on this as well as the latest information may register at:
The Landscape hosted service is currently available for a free 60 day trial at

About Canonical:

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the founder of the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu - an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks. Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit

Joseph Eckert
Baker Communications Group


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