Gigabyte has announced a partnership with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, which will see its server hardware receive certification to capably run Ubuntu Server. The certification will allow customers to reliably install Ubuntu Server on Gigabyte hardware and allow Gigabyte to provide better support for end-users.
Ubuntu Server is one of the most popular operating systems for people to install on server hardware so by ensuring its hardware is compatible with Ubuntu Server, it’s likely that Gigabyte will receive more custom. Unlike desktop systems, where Windows is dominant, Linux dominates on servers. One of the most popular Linux server distros happens to be Ubuntu Server so this certification drive is important.
Explaining what needs to be done to be certified, Gigabyte said:
“To receive certification from Canonical, systems must meet a number of performance and reliability criteria. Hardware and operating system tests ensure compatibility with Ubuntu Server OS for the two most recent Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) versions. It should be possible to provision the server with an operating system using metal as a service (MAAS) to change bare metal into an elastic cloud-like resource. Additional criteria cover stress testing, network bandwidth and storage I/O testing.”
As servers become certified, they’ll be added to a list of devices over on the Ubuntu website, Gigabyte said that if customers want specific servers certified then they can get in touch directly through firstname.lastname@example.org.