Scale out with Ubuntu Server

Ubuntu Server brings economic and technical scalability to your datacentre, public or private. Whether you want to deploy an OpenStack cloud, a Kubernetes cluster or a 50,000-node render farm, Ubuntu Server delivers the best value scale-out performance available.

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What’s new in 20.04 LTS

  • Supported by Canonical until 2025 with ESM coverage until 2030
  • Runs on all major architectures – x86-64, ARM v7, ARM64, POWER8, POWER9, IBM s390x (LinuxONE) and introducing initial support for RISC-V
  • Ubuntu Pro cloud images for AWS and Azure, which include hardening, certification, kernel livepatch and more
  • The Ubuntu Server Live installer is now able to update itself when connected to the internet for the latest features and bug fixes. Initial support for automated installs is now available as well.
  • SSH that supports enabling two-factor authorization (2FA)
  • WireGuard® – an innovative VPN technology with modern cryptography defaults and streamlined usability
  • AppArmor3 for an even more secure system
  • More resilient bootloader that tolerates disk failures
  • Greater support for IPv6 on Microsoft Azure
  • Support for latest Instance Metadata Service (IMDSv2) on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • The latest long-term Linux 5.4 kernel for the latest hardware and security updates
  • Updates to QEMU (v4.2), libvirt (v6.0), PHP (v7.4), Ruby (v2.7), GCC (V9.3), Python (v3.8), MySQL (v8.0), NGINX (v1.17)

Read more in the release notes

Performance and versatility

Agile, secure, deploy-anywhere technology for fast-moving companies

It doesn’t matter whether you want to deploy a NoSQL database, web farm or cloud. Certified by leading hardware OEMs and with comprehensive deployment tools, so you can get the most from your infrastructure.

Our regular release cycle means access to the latest and most performant open source. A lean initial installation and integrated deployment and application modelling technologies make Ubuntu Server a great solution for simple deployment and management at scale.

A release schedule you can depend on

Stay up-to-date with regular updates and upgrades

Long-term support (LTS) releases of Ubuntu Server receive security updates by Canonical for five years by default. Every six months, interim releases bring new features, while hardware enablement updates add support for the latest machines to all supported LTS releases. All Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure subscriptions include Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) increasing the support life-cycle to up to 10 years.

  Released End of Life Extended security maintenance
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS April 2022 April 2027
Ubuntu 21.10 October 2021 July 2022
Ubuntu 21.04 April 2021 January 2022
Ubuntu 20.10 October 2020 July 2021
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS April 2020 April 2025 April 2030
Ubuntu 19.10 October 2019 July 2020
Ubuntu 19.04 April 2019 January 2020
Ubuntu 18.10 October 2018 July 2019
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS April 2018 April 2023 April 2028
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS April 2016 April 2021 April 2024
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS April 2014 April 2019 April 2022
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS April 2012 April 2017 April 2019
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS April 2010 April 2015

Deploys anywhere

Ubuntu is the most widely used developer platform for open‐source cloud building, the reference operating system for OpenStack, and the most popular cloud guest operating system on private and public clouds globally.

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Juju — multi-cloud orchestration

With the option of a command line or browser-based interface, Juju enables you to design and deploy entire workloads in just a few clicks. It works on public clouds like AWS and Microsoft Azure, private clouds built on OpenStack and even directly on bare metal, via MAAS.

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MAAS — bare metal provisioning

MAAS is a time-saving provisioning system which makes it quick and easy to set up the physical hardware to deploy complex services, like Ubuntu’s OpenStack cloud infrastructure. Just plug in your servers, connect them to the network and let MAAS do the rest.

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LXD — machine containers

Economics are directly tied to compute density. LXD, the Linux container hypervisor, merges the speed and density of containers with the manageability and security of traditional virtual machines.

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Ubuntu Advantage for your Infrastructure

Ubuntu Advantage for infrastructure offers a single, per-node packaging of the most comprehensive software, security and IaaS support in the industry. With OpenStack and Kubernetes support included, Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure provides everything you need to future-proof your data centre.

UA for Infrastructure, Advanced includes Server, OpenStack and Kubernetes support and is available at Standard (24x5) and Advanced (24x7) response times.

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