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Hugo Huang
on 9 April 2024

Canonical Delivers Secure, Compliant Cloud Solutions for Google Distributed Cloud

Today, Canonical is thrilled to announce our expanded collaboration with Google Cloud to provide Ubuntu images for Google Distributed Cloud. This partnership empowers Google Distributed Cloud customers with security-focused Ubuntu images, ensuring they meet the most stringent compliance standards.

Since 2021, Google Cloud, with its characteristic vision, has built a strong partnership with Canonical. This collaboration highlights both companies’ commitment to providing customers with the air-gapped cloud solutions they need. Through this partnership, Google Cloud demonstrates its strategic brilliance – delegating foundational image creation and maintenance to Canonical’s expertise, allowing Google Cloud to focus on the heart of Google Distributed Cloud development. Canonical’s dedication to rigorous testing upholds the reliability that data centers demand. Moreover, proactive support helps swiftly tackle critical issues, ensuring seamless data center operations. This partnership is a testament to the power of strategic collaborations in the tech sector:

  • GDC Ready OS Images: Canonical supports multiple active releases of Google Distributed Cloud (1.9.x, 1.10.x, 1.11.x, and 1.12.x) ensuring Google Cloud has flexibility and choice.
  • Risk Mitigation: Canonical employs a two-tiered image system–”development” and “stable.” This allows for thorough testing of changes before they are released into the stable production environment, minimizing potential problems.

These key benefits are the result of our unwavering pursuit of progress and innovation. Google Distributed Cloud customers can expect to reap the rewards of our continuous hard work:

  • FIPS & CIS Compliance: Google Distributed Cloud customers operating in highly regulated industries can confidently deploy FIPS-compliant and CIS-hardened Ubuntu images, knowing they adhere to critical security standards.
  • Multi-distro Support: Ubuntu’s adaptability allows Google Distributed Cloud users to run a diverse range of distro images, maximizing their choice and flexibility within the cloud environment.
  • Air-gapped Innovation: Canonical and Google Cloud are dedicated to supporting air-gapped cloud technology, providing secure, cutting-edge solutions for customers with even the most sensitive data requirements.

At Canonical, we’re committed to open-source innovation. This collaboration with Google Cloud is a prime example of how we can work together to deliver industry-leading cloud solutions to our customers. We look forward to continued partnership and providing even more value to the Google Distributed Cloud ecosystem.

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