Ubuntu Pro for Azure

For production. For professionals.

Ubuntu Pro for Azure is a premium image delivering the most comprehensive security and compliance features. Ubuntu Pro is suitable for small to large-scale Linux enterprise operations — no contract necessary.

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What's in Ubuntu Pro?

  • FIPS & CC-EAL2 certified

    Officially certified components to enable operating environments under compliance regimes like FedRAMP, HIPAA, PCI and ISO.

  • CIS and DISA STIG

    For companies looking to leverage industry benchmarks for hardening, Ubuntu Pro makes two leading implementation guides available.

  • Open source security

    Ubuntu Pro adds security coverage for the most important open source applications like Apache Kafka, NGINX, MongoDB, Redis and PostgreSQL.

  • Predictable and optimised

    Ubuntu Pro is based on Ubuntu and leverages both the breadth of open source included and the Azure optimisations built in.

  • Kernel Livepatch

    Ubuntu kernel updates are regularly issued. With our Livepatch service, kernel patches are delivered immediately, without the need to reboot your VMs.

  • Priced for the cloud

    Ubuntu Pro pricing tracks the underlying compute cost. Ubuntu Pro price varies between 3-4.5% of an average hourly compute cost, depending on the instance type.

  • The right Ubuntu for you

    Canonical brings the three most popular Ubuntu Server distributions to choose from - 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS.

  • 10-year lifetime

    Canonical backs Ubuntu Pro for 10 years*, ensuring security updates are available throughout, with a guaranteed upgrade path.

  • Optional 24/7 support

    Additional enterprise-grade support available through private offer for Pro.

* For 18.04 LTS onwards. The maintenance period for Ubuntu Pro 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS is 8 years.

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Ubuntu Pro 20.04 LTS

The latest LTS release includes the 5.4 kernel out of the box. Ubuntu Pro 20.04 LTS provides extended maintenance through 2030.

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Ubuntu Pro 18.04 LTS

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release includes the 4.15 kernel out of the box, with an optimised 5.3 kernel available in Q2. Ubuntu Pro provides extended maintenance through 2028.

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Ubuntu Pro 16.04 LTS

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS shipped in 2016 with the 4.04 kernel, and is covered with Ubuntu Pro through 2024.

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Broadest open source security coverage keeps CISOs sleeping at night

Ubuntu Pro includes security coverage for the entire collection of software packages shipped with Ubuntu, tracking high and critical CVEs. This makes it ideal for companies that have embraced open source for their new products and need to ensure security for production and mission-critical workloads.

One key reason why developers prefer Ubuntu is that it includes a huge set — in total, over 26,000 packages — of upstream open source known as 'universe'. Universe includes workloads like NGINX, MongoDB, Redis, Kafka, but also language ecosystems like Python, Java, Ruby and Javascript/Node.js. With Ubuntu Pro's built-in CVE tracking and patching, CIOs and security officers can be confident they can roll these packages out to production.

Scaling with Ubuntu Pro

Building enterprise-grade infrastructure with open source, speed, reliability, and support yet no contract.

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Operating open source securely

Achieve more through open source software in a trusted way — with no compromises on security and support.

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Choose the right Ubuntu for you

  Ubuntu Ubuntu Pro
Azure optimised kernel and userspace Yes Yes
Security patches for Ubuntu infrastructure components Yes Yes
Security patches for hundreds of open source applications, including Apache Kafka, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, Redis and NodeJS and key language ecosystems including Java, Python, Ruby and Javascript/Node.js   Yes
FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria EAL2 certified components, with optional CIS hardening profile and DISA STIG   Yes
Kernel Livepatch for instant security and higher uptimes   Yes
Maintenance commitment 5 years 10 years

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Pricing

Instance Category Cores RAM Azure Infrastructure Ubuntu Pro Total hourly
DS11V2 Memory optimized 2 14GB $0.185 $0.006 $0.191
D2SV3 General Purpose 2 8GB $0.11 $0.006 $0.231
D4SV3 General Purpose 4 16GB $0.22 $0.011 $0.231
E2SV3 Memory optimized 2 16GB $0.146 $0.006 $0.152
DS1 General Purpose 1 3.5GB $0.077 $0.002 $0.079
DS2 General Purpose 2 7GB $0.154 $0.002 $0.16

For complete pricing, see Ubuntu Pro 20.04 LTS on the Azure Marketplace

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Getting the best of Ubuntu Pro for Azure

Technical introduction to Ubuntu Pro

Open Source means faster development and lower operation costs but how do you deal with open source software provenance, patching and compliance? Find out how Ubuntu Pro images are optimised, built, regularly patched and how you can customise them to simplify your infrastructure operations.

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Simple VM provisioning with cloud-init

Cloud-init automates the provisioning of an operating system image into a fully running state. Typical tasks handled by cloud-init include networking and storage initialisation and optional package installation and configuration. This means users can build up-to-date images in no time and with minimum maintenance efforts.

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