Pretty hefty prices once you get out of the "free" category.
So here's a question for you..is Canonical getting a cut of that subscription? Its great that Canonical is making it easy for RightScale to have a SaaS model by offering Ubuntu at no cost..but it would be tragic if Canonical wasn't getting a piece of the $500 a month action.
So hows that work out exactly? RightScale doesn't mention Canonical backed technical support associated with their Ubuntu platform on any customer facing material as far as I can tell. And I haven't seen it mentioned in the press releases. Compare that with the IBM/Virtual Bridges announcement from last December concerning VERDE virtual desktop bundle which explicitly stated that the bundle cost included Canonical technical support: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=vi...
So where do Canonical's potential service offerings come into play between RightScale's SaaS subscription model and Eucalyptus's own enterprise support options? It seems to me that's a very good way for Canonical to be squeezed out of the revenue model between the value-add that RightScale's services provide and the technical expertise that Eucalyptus provides. I don't see how something like landscape fits in with RightScale's services. I'd love to see how the three of these entities fit together in terms of paid support providers.
Right now I just don't see it. Seems to me the big potential winner here is RightScale because the are offering the value-add integration service which leverages the no acquisition cost of Ubuntu as provided by Canonical. But I don't see how this arrangement makes it any more likely that someone will pay Canonical for support directly. I really hope RightScale has some sort of revenue sharing arrangement with Canonical.