Ubuntu announces that it wants to operate in the IOT space including network switches and devices.
“Traditional switch manufacturers and the disruptive new entrants both want to move to software-defined solutions, and Ubuntu Core offers a well-defined neutral core that supports the widest range of hardware at the best price,” said Dustin Kirkland, product manager for Ubuntu Core and Ubuntu Server at Canonical. “With Ubuntu Core on the switch, customers choose their preferred hardware and their preferred switch control software independently, and they can extend the functionality of the switch with amazing apps.”
Couple of interesting data points here.
- There are two Linux distributions that matter – RedHat & Ubuntu.
- RedHat is popular with Enterprise and Service Provider Markets.
- Ubuntu is popular with new generation application/cloud companies. For example, it is the most popular distribution on Amazon EC2/AWS.
What I don’t see clearly, is whether an Ubuntu-sponsored version for networking makes any sense.
- There are specialist commercial Linux distributions developed by a number of vendors that offer specific capabilities.
- Most enterprises would prefer to use RedHat/Fedora based distribution
- I recognise that Debian/Ubuntu is popular with cloud providers and that using Ubuntu on network may be attractive.
What do you think ?