Canonical launches Managed Apps to simplify cloud operations

Companies will now be able to have their apps deployed and operated using the Managed Apps service offered by Canonical.

Backed by service-level agreements (SLAs) and 24/7 break/fix response, the new managed service will take some workload away from DevOps teams, allowing them to focus more on delivering business value.

Managed Apps is set to cover ten widely used database and logging, monitoring and alerting (LMA) applications, with future plans to expand coverage. These will include MySQL, InfluxDB, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, Open Source Mano and Kafka.

Users of the service will be able to monitor the health of their apps using an integrated LMA stack and dashboard.

“As organisations increasingly move to a cloud-native approach, they can be slowed down by spending too much time on the underlying management of their cloud and its applications,” said Stephan Fabel, director of product at Canonical. “Our Managed Apps give them the freedom to focus on business priorities, with the confidence that their apps are reliably maintained, secure and can scale to production needs.”

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As well as allowing for accelerated app deployment and provisioning, the platform will feature available technical expertise, which could narrow skills gaps for enterprises and save money that would otherwise be spent on in-house specialists.

Additionally, because Managed Apps covers multiple apps, users will no longer need to contract with multiple vendors.

Subscription to the service will also provide access to Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure, which covers aspects of an array of open infrastructure, including Ubuntu, Kubernetes and OpenStack.

In terms of security, Canonical Managed Apps is set to receive final MSPAlliance CloudVerify certification, which is equivalent to SOC 2 Type2, ISO 27001 / ISO 27002 and GDPR compliance, some time this month.


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Aaron Hurst

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