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Vagrant Development Platform Comes to Ubuntu Cloud

Canonical, which has been reaching out to developers through a variety of channels lately, threw yet another bone in their direction recently with the introduction of Vagrant cloud images. The move also brought Oracle‘s (NASDAQ: ORCL) VirtualBox platform into the lineup of Ubuntu cloud solutions, diversifying the technologies on which Canonical’s cloud strategy relies.
Vagrant is a tool for creating virtual development environments, allowing programmers to test and tweak software as they write it. The platform began as an open source project three years ago and in November 2012 morphed into a commercial endeavor under the auspices of HashiCorp.
As of last week, Canonical began offering cloud images with Vagrant preinstalled. Based on the generic Ubuntu Cloud Images, the Vagrant images are available for free downloads, and make deploying Vagrant environments in the cloud easier than ever
What makes the inclusion of Vagrant images within the official Ubuntu cloud library interesting is that Vagrant is based on VirtualBox. That’s an interesting choice given that more enterprise-focused virtualization hypervisors, such as VMware and KVM, traditionally have predominated among developers, especially within the cloud.
To be clear, this doesn’t mean VirtualBox will serve as the hypervisor for deploying the Vagrant images themselves. It simply lives inside

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