The LTS in the Ubuntu version title stands for Long Term Support signifying 5 years of version support from Canonical, making Ubuntu a viable open source option for high availability mission critical enterprise applications, including public and private cloud computing environments.

In a review of the Ubunutu 16.04.02 LTS server package by Susan Perschke on Network World she remarks,

“If you use OpenStack, note that Ubuntu is a dominant player, with over 50% of the market in large, 1,000-plus core, installations. Ubuntu offers several paths to get started with OpenStack, from fully managed on-premise installations to self-installs using Canonical’s OpenStack Autopilot to build a production cloud. Of note to Windows shops, there is also a Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS version that is certified to host Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 guests under its Microsoft’s Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).

For those seeking to use the public cloud, Ubuntu provides certified images for most providers, including Azure, Google, AWS and Rackspace. Ubuntu’s Metal as a Service (MAAS) provides for the transformation of physical infrastructure into a cloud. MAAS can be used with existing DevOps tools such as JuJu and Salt, and supports Windows, Ubuntu, CentOS, RHEL and SUSE.”Susan Perschke via Network World

Read the rest of the article at Network World.

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3221422/linux/review-ubuntu-lts-16-04-02-has-a-long-shelf-life.html