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Canonical bets on the mechanization of IT to spring from the edge to the data center



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As the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distro, Canonical has remained in the shadows of Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and, to an extent, VMware (NYSE: VMW). As it prepares to go public, however, Canonical has outlined a sound strategy that relies heavily on edge adoption sparked by the growing need for a secure ecosystem on which small developers can innovate around connecting legacy devices to the internet for incremental business value. It is this concept that TBR defines as the mechanization of IT, where the secure, flexible platform attracts developers seeking to write specific applets — or “snaps,” in Canonical vernacular — without having to invest time and energy in the security and platform resiliency elements vital to commercial adoption. With its ecosystem, Canonical aims to provide to the mechanization of IT what the Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iTunes store spawned through the consumerization of IT: the base layer platform whose velocity or “flywheel effect” accelerates as more developers and applications become available.

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