UShareSoft Delivers a SuSE Studio-Like Platform for the Ubuntu Community

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Ubuntu Community Members Get Free Access to UShareSoft's UForge Appliance Factory to Automate the Creation and Maintenance of Ubuntu-based Software Images and Templates.

“For developers using Ubuntu the UForge Appliance Factory is a major step forward in convenience and speed of getting appliances built and on the cloud." comments Nick Barcet, Cloud Solutions Lead at Canonical.

UShareSoft, provider of a self-service cloud factory for virtual and cloud-ready software images, and Canonical, the sponsor of the Ubuntu project, today announced that UShareSoft's UForge Appliance Factory now supports Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and the latest 11.04 release. Using UForge, Ubuntu developers can rapidly assemble and package their applications as cloud-ready appliances, helping them to create business ready full stack software images for easy software evaluation and instant Proof-of-Concepts, and make their software available on many clouds such as Amazon. UForge will also support all future versions of Ubuntu.

Additionally, the two companies have signed a partnership agreement to leverage this new opportunity for the Ubuntu developer community. As part of this agreement, UShareSoft will offer to the Ubuntu Community a UForge Free Tier account with the Ubuntu operating system. To benefit, register online at with the promotion code: UBUNTU.

Nick Barcet, Cloud Solutions Lead at Canonical, comments: “For developers using Ubuntu the UForge Appliance Factory is a major step forward in convenience and speed of getting appliances built and on the cloud. We already know how popular Ubuntu is for cloud-based development and deployment. This will make it at a yet more obvious choice for anyone looking to deploy rapidly and at scale and onto whatever environment they choose.”

Since the release of Ubuntu 10.04 Server Edition, there has been worldwide acceptance of the importance of Ubuntu in the cloud ecosystem," said James Weir, CTO, UShareSoft. "UForge provides complete software governance for developers looking to create and maintain software appliances and image templates for their own cloud initiatives. The partnership between Canonical and UShareSoft means a huge boost in productivity for developers who are ramping their software to the cloud."

UForge is a self-service factory for automating the creation and configuration of software appliances and image templates. It packages software components into a single, self-contained software images ready for provisioning to physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures. Such images greatly simplify the tasks of installation and configuration for end-users. Thanks to UForge's software modelization and automation features, Ubuntu developers can expect to reduce manual software integration tasks by up to 80%.

UForge brings new and unique features to the image manufacturing market, including:

  • Fine-grained control of software governance and life-cycle management
  • Support for all the major industry image formats, such as: VMware, ESXi, AMI, EMI, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, OVF, ISO, and many more.
  • Direct publish to multiple cloud platforms, including: VMware vSphere, Amazon EC2,, Eucalyptus, and IBM CloudBurst.
  • Complementary technology for building Elastic Appliances using the Open Appliance Studio framework: Elastic Appliances are a new generation of “self-deployable” software appliances which integrate multiple configuration scenarios and enable full automation of multi-tier deployments for distributed architectures.

UShareSoft has also recently added the following new features to UForge:
Support for additional image formats including RawDisk, VHD, QCOW2 and CloudSigma
A new tool to visually simulate and choose OS package updates or rollbacks for your image template, helping automate lifecycle management for software appliances

About UShareSoft
UShareSoft simplifies application migration and software governance for the cloud. UShareSoft's enables "build-to-order" software delivery by automating the creation and maintenance of image templates on any OS for any cloud, virtual or physical format. UForge Elastic Appliances are self-deployable images that automatically configure mult-tier software solutions in minutes. UShareSoft tools are helping ISVs and enterprises in their transition phase to the cloud. Headquartered in Europe, UShareSoft has an R&D center in Argentina and offices in the United States and Japan. Visit

About Canonical
Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind 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. For more information, please visit

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