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Ubuntu is an open-source distro operating system that is based on the Linux kernel. It is the best choice for today’s demanding AI and ML applications. Since it requires no license fee, it is significantly more cost-effective than commercial alternatives and is very popular in the research/academic space. Because it is open source, Ubuntu’s code can be customized and modified.

MAAS (Metal as a Service) is another AI-ready open-source tool that helps users manage the physical HPC infrastructure with the same ease and flexibility as cloud-based virtual machines. Specifically, MAAS allows users to:

  • Discover, commission, and deploy physical servers
  • Dynamically re-allocate physical resources to match workload requirements
  • Retire servers when they are no longer needed, and make them available for new workloads as required


Together Ubuntu and MAAS offer the benefits of commercial versions without compromising performance. While both utilities can be installed on physical servers, the installation and deployment process does require engineering expertise. This is where Nor-Tech comes in.



Nor-Tech has one of the most highly respected technology engineering teams in the world. Linux/open-source integration, deployment and support for applications, such as Ubuntu and MAAS, is where we specialize. Ask us about available demos.



Why Nor-Tech is the best choice for your business

Since 1998 we have established ourselves as one of leading providers of quality HPC solutions. Our servers are backed by an expert team that is available to provide support and assistance ensuring that your business always has access to the resources it needs. Contact us for more information or a quick quote: 952-808-1000; engineering@nor-tech.com/ or click on the Contact tab at https://www.nor-tech.com/contact-2018/


About Nor-Tech

Nor-Tech is on CRN’s list of the top 40 Data Center Infrastructure Providers along with IBM, Oracle, Dell, and Supermicro and is also a member of Hyperion Research’s prestigious HPC Technical Computing Advisory Panel. The company is a complete high performance computer solution provider for 2015 and 2017 Nobel Physics Award-contending/winning projects.  Nor-Tech engineers average 20+ years of experience. This strong industry reputation and deep partner relationships also enable the company to be a leading supplier of cost-effective Lenovo desktops, laptops, tablets and Chromebooks to schools and enterprises.  All of Nor-Tech’s high-performance technology is developed by Nor-Tech in Minnesota and supported by Nor-Tech around the world. The company is headquartered in Burnsville, Minn. just outside of Minneapolis. Nor-Tech holds the following contracts: Minnesota State IT, GSA, University of Wisconsin System, and NASA SEWP V. To contact Nor-Tech call 952-808-1000/toll free: 877-808-1010 or visit https://www.nor-tech.com.


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