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on 15 September 2021

Canonical’s managed services achieve MSP Cloud Verify Certification

London, UK –  Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, today announced the completion of the MSP Cloud Verify Certification (MSPCV) for its support and managed services. The MSPCV certification, further strengthens Canonical’s industry-leading open source offering, reassuring customers in all industries that they can securely consume open source in a regulated fashion that complies with all the industry standards and best practices. 

Organisations have a constant demand to simplify the way they consume open source solutions, and with over 85% of enterprises having an open-source mandate to increase agility and reduce costs, managing the technical complexity has become the main source of friction.  

Canonical has created an alternative approach providing managed services from within the same organisation where the technology itself is being developed to simplify the way open source is being consumed. By ensuring managed services teams are working side by side with the engineers that develop products such as OpenStack and Kubernetes, Canonical has created an efficient operational model providing production-level SLAs at the minimum time required to resolve any issue. 

The MSPCV Certification is well recognised by thousands of organisations worldwide across many industries including insurance, financial, legal and medical. It has been reviewed by governmental agencies and regulatory bodies across the globe and is used and accepted in 5 continents around the world. The certification comes with a written report with the entire process documented, validated and signed by a 3rd party accounting firm. Achieving this certification ensures that Canonical is under constant external review from MSPAlliance and the IT profession to continually maintain and improve security standards and the quality of its managed services. 

“The MSPCV examination is a rigorous certification process that benchmarks and verifies the quality of the company providing cloud and/or managed services,” said Charles Weaver, MSPAlliance CEO. “We are very proud to have Canonical as a member of this elite community of cloud and MSPs.”

The purpose of this certification is to provide assurance that Canonical has met and exceeded the well-established standards of security, data confidentiality, risk management and quality of service. This enables organisations to not only offload the deployment and management of their open source solutions, but also to rest assured they are maintained according to the industry’s best security and compliance practices. By providing the best in class managed services, Canonical has helped simplify open source consumption for many enterprises in different sectors, and have accelerated their journeys towards building a vendor agnostic cloud.

According to the recent Cloud-Native Operations Report, the number one challenge facing organisations is the ‘lack of in-house skills’, a gap that is noted to be increasing further. The survey found 77.8% of respondents were operating hybrid or multi-cloud solutions, most on a combination of kubernetes, bare metal, and VMs. 

Canonical helps enterprises minimise skill gaps, cut operational costs and simplify their cloud adoption journeys by providing comprehensive managed services for open-source cloud solutions like OpenStack, Kubernetes, Ceph, databases and applications. “By achieving the MSP Cloud Verify Certification, we continue to ensure security, quality and reliability for our customers” said David Booth, VP of Cloud Native Applications at Canonical. “In the very competitive world we’re living in today, you want to be focused on strategy and driving your business forward rather than keeping the lights on.”

How to learn more?

Register for the upcoming Canonical and MSPAlliance webinar, “How to manage risks with the top 1% managed services providers” or visit 

About Canonical

Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading OS for container, cloud, and hyperscale computing. Most public cloud workloads use Ubuntu, as do most new smart gateways, switches, self-driving cars and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise support and services for commercial users of Ubuntu. Established in 2004, Canonical is a privately held company.

About MSPAlliance
Since 2000, the MSPAlliance has been the only unified voice for the Managed Services Industry, and the only organization that promotes the highest level of professionalism, reliability and integrity. As the world’s largest Professional Association and Certification Body for the managed services industry, the MSPAlliance was created to meet the needs of the managed services professionals and to educate and protect the consumers of managed services and cloud.

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