For corporate customers who like stability, Google Cloud now offers Ubuntu Pro in its premium form, along with a ten-year maintenance commitment.
The Ubuntu Pro edition joins the likes of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server in Google’s Cloud as enterprise favorites.
As part of Canonical’s Extended Security Maintenance program (ESM), the lengthy support window is an unavoidable part of the process. In terms of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, ESM means 8 years (to 2024), 10 years (to 2028), and support until 2030 for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
Customers paying for Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud will also get live kernel patches and patches for high and critical CVEs across Ubuntu’s repository (including Node.js, MongoDB, and Apache Kafka).
Canonical’s products can be found on multiple clouds, including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services with FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria EAL2 certified components, as well as Ubuntu Pro (complete with 10 years of support for recent LTS editions and live kernel patching). On Google Cloud, however, the latter is not scheduled for release until 2021.
Stack Overflow estimates that Ubuntu Pro will cost between 3.4 and 4.5% of average PC costs. Similar savings are also claimed by Azure, which says: “Operating at under $0.01 for the smallest instance type and less than 1% for hourly compute costs.”
You may experience substantial variations from these “average” figures.
Charges for Google Cloud are calculated as a licence cost based on RAM per GB per hour, plus VPCPUs and GPUs (if necessary). RAM charges a flat fee of $0.000127 per GB/hour while CPUs and GPUs are based on quantity.
To avoid a surprise invoice at the end of the month, the cost is in addition to the regular cost of running the virtual machines.
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