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Ubuntu Livepatch on-prem reduces downtime and unplanned work on enterprise environments

Canonical announces Ubuntu Livepatch on-prem, an enhancement to its Ubuntu Livepatch service enabling organisations to take control of their kernel livepatching policy. Designed for complex enterprise environments that follow their own patch rollout policy, Ubuntu Livepatch on-prem provides the basis for an efficient but fine-tuned continuous vulnerability management on private, hybrid, or public clouds. It provides a functional and productive experience to system administrators, or IT operations teams. The announcement represents the next phase in the Ubuntu Livepatch service targeting enterprise environments as organisations around the world adopt cybersecurity frameworks and requirements to tackle a constantly changing threat landscape.

With Ubuntu Livepatch on-prem, we are demonstrating our commitment to improve workflows on enterprise environments,” said Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos, Product Manager at Canonical.

A new operational paradigm with less downtime

Downtime is one of the major pains of every service provider. That is however unavoidable when deploying vulnerability fixes on the Linux kernel the traditional way. That’s because the updated system needs to be rebooted to apply the changes irrespective of your deployment strategy (Kubernetes, OpenStack or bare-metal). Industry leaders achieve high uptime by applying kernel livepatches without rebooting and scheduled maintenance. With regular server maintenance, Ubuntu Livepatch on-prem can eliminate the need for unscheduled reboots to enterprises while enabling them to closely follow their software updates.

New opportunities for high-security enterprise environments

Complex and high security and availability enterprise environments often follow policies that require a gradual roll-out of updates to reduce risk or have high-security isolated environments that need to be updated. These environments, until now, could not take advantage of the Ubuntu Livepatch service to improve their uptime. Ubuntu Livepatch on-prem brings improved uptime on these environments, by enabling an organisation to access livepatches in isolated environments, as well as define its rollout policy and remain in full control of which machines will get updated and when.

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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.