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The second largest telecommunications firm in the US, AT&T, has chosen to move to Canonical, the maker of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, for its infrastructure needs.

The company said in a media release on Monday that it was moving to Ubuntu "as part of its effort to drive innovation in the network and cloud".

Canonical, owned by South African millionaire Mark Shuttleworth, released the Ubuntu distribution in October 2004 and, has since then, issued new versions every six months.

AT&T, which has existed in its current form since 2005, said Canonical would provide the Ubuntu operating system and engineering support for AT&T’s cloud, network and enterprise applications.

It said the choice was made due to the "demonstrated innovation, and performance as the leading platform for scale-out workloads and cloud".

The media release quoted Toby Ford, assistant vice-president of Cloud Technology, Strategy and Planning at AT&T, as saying: "By tapping into the latest technologies and open principles, AT&T’s network of the future will deliver what our customers want, when they want it.

"We're re-inventing how we scale by becoming simpler and modular, similar to how applications have evolved in cloud data centres. Open source and OpenStack innovations represent a unique opportunity to meet these requirements and Canonical's cloud and open source expertise make them a good choice for AT&T."

John Zannos, vice-president, Cloud Alliances and Business Development at Canonical, was quoted thus: "This is important for Canonical. AT&T's scalable and open future network utilises the best of Canonical innovation.

"AT&T selecting us to support its effort in cloud, enterprise applications and the network provides the opportunity to innovate with AT&T around the next generation of the software-centric network and cloud solutions.

"Ubuntu is the operating system of the cloud and this relationship allows us to bring our engineering expertise around Ubuntu, cloud and open source to AT&T.'

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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