UBUNTU Systems Administration

Ubuntu has quickly become ubiquitous as a result of its worldwide adoption, broad-based support, wealth of documentation and ease of use. The quick acceptance of this Open Source Linux OS has been truly remarkable. Nonetheless, the complexities of Ubuntu should not be underestimated.

Those characteristics that make Ubuntu a solid and robust OS are also its Achilles heel. For one thing, the regular update releases, highly responsive security patch updates, bug management and tracking and support for a vast array of hardware device drivers allows Ubuntu to be an attractive fit in almost any IT infrastructure. On the other hand, regular reboots to apply the latest kernel updates or security patches can present challenges for a 24×7 high availability environment – not unlike Windows.

Fortunately, Ubuntu provides several high availability configuration options. When coupled with VMware, either as a host or a guest, the options for high uptime availability provide even greater flexibility.

Ubuntu plays nicely with VMWare providing a solid platform for multiple guest OS’s to perform rolling upgrades. Utilities such as VMWare’s vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and other tools and techniques provide support for Backup Management, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Best practice demands Proactive Monitoring of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), regardless of the robustness and resilience of any operating system. These best practices have been a cornerstone of the value-added services we provide for all of our clients at Intersect Consulting, Inc.

Contact us at Intersect Consulting to discuss how we can help architect. administer, update and maintaing your Ubuntu systems infrastructure for resilience, high availability, performance and security.