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Ubuntu Pro for Google Cloud

For production. For professionals.

Ubuntu Pro for GCP is a premium image delivering the most comprehensive security and GCP compliance features. Ubuntu Pro is suitable for small and large-scale Linux enterprise operations offering pay-as-you-go billing on your existing GCP invoice.

Ubuntu Pro 24.04 LTS

Delivers additional layer of security and compliance services and security patches covering a wider range of packages, until 2034.

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Upgrade Ubuntu LTS to Ubuntu Pro

Enjoy all the features of Ubuntu Pro without changing your application.

Previous Releases

Ubuntu Pro 22.04 LTS

TThe latest LTS release includes the 5.15 kernel out of the box. Ubuntu Pro 22.04 LTS provides extended maintenance through 2032.

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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 5.4 kernel and provides extended maintenance through 2028.

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Ubuntu Pro 16.04 LTS

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS shipped in 2016 with the 4.4 kernel, and is covered with Ubuntu Pro through 2026.

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What's in Ubuntu Pro?

  • CC-EAL2 certified

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


    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 GCP optimisations built in.

  • Kernel Livepatch

    Ubuntu kernel updates are regularly issued. With the 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 ‐ 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.

Let's talk Pro

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 30,000 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.

Choose the right Ubuntu for you

  Ubuntu Ubuntu Pro
GCP 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
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

Read the Ubuntu Pro datasheet ›

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