Canonical continues cloud momentum with NTT OpenStack collaboration

Canonical has announced a new collaboration with NTT Communications subsidiary e-shelter to offer Hosted BootStack, a joint managed OpenStack private cloud proposition.

The offering itself will be built on Ubuntu OpenStack, using Canonical’s application modelling service Juju as well as its Bare Metal-as-a-Service offering, to build on premise or in colocation environments in e-shelter data centres. e-shelter currently has nine locations in Europe, predominantly in Germany, though it does have assets in Zurich and Vienna.

“We see increasing demand from customers looking for a managed private cloud solution,” said Arturo Suarez, Product Manager at Canonical Cloud.  ”Hosted BootStack will allow customers to bypass time consuming, costly decisions of data centre location, hardware and management solutions, instead choosing a fast, reliable and fully managed by experts, cloud infrastructure for their business.”

As part of the agreement, e-shelter will also integrate its e-Connect platform to offer carrier-neutral, flexible and scalable connectivity between all its locations.

e-shelter was acquired by NTT Communications last year for €742 million, in a move which shifted NTT up the rankings quickly. The deal now means more than two-thirds of NTT’s data centres footprint is located outside of Japan, and the company is now the number three player in the European region. It also put NTT is a stronger position to compete for multi-national customers.

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