Bare metal cloud support for Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 LTS | Ubuntu


Now that Canonical is prolonging the lifecycle of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ and 16.04 LTS ‘Xenial Xerus’ to a total of ten years, it’s a good time to reflect on how else Canonical supports these releases for bare metal cloud.

Bare metal lifecycle management

Whether you’re running a small or a large fleet of servers in your bare metal cloud, it’s crucial to have a way to ensure consistency and repeatability across them – not only to save time on wondering what the state of a particular machine is (and it’s operating system), but also for security reasons.

With the Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) phase of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS, it’s worthwhile highlighting that MAAS provides automated OS image synchronisation – including for these releases as well as many others.

Most likely using MAAS to manage a bare metal cloud

What is MAAS?

MAAS, or “Metal As A Service”  manages the lifecycle of bare metal machines. It allows you to easily…


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