“Linux has won in the datacenter. Now on to the rest of IT.”
In this morning’s keynote from Executive Vice President and President of Products and Technologies Paul Cormier, we looked back at how Linux finally won in the datacenter, and we explored insights into where the open source community is guiding us.
The common thread across the growth of application development, cloud, management products, containers, big data, mobile, storage, and DevOps is open source and the rock solid support of a consistent, reliable, open source operating system, Cormier said. At the 2014 Red Hat Summit, he ended his keynote with the quote, “The application is king. The OS is the heartbeat.” Today that heartbeat is providing the oxygen needed for new technology to flourish.
Our problems are too complex for 1 company to solve
Cormier cited IDC, saying only 2 operating systems remain: Windows and Linux. He pointed out that Linux is the de facto operating system for the cloud. VMware is exploring Linux containers, and Microsoft has embraced Linux on its Azure cloud platform. Development and operations teams who used to be completely separated are coming together, blurring the lines and embracing the agile methodologies of DevOps.
“From communities of diverse interest comes rapid innovation,” Cormier said. “This is what open source does best.”
From compute model for IT, to a software-defined datacenter
We’ve abstracted layer after layer of the datacenter. Innovation followed. So, how do we rapidly respond to new problems, such as:
- Are apps stateless?
- How do apps run consistently across this new infrastructure?
- Is infrastructure going away?
- How do OS technologies have to change?
- What is the role of the OS?
- What are the security implications?
Cormier answered these questions with several new products from Red Hat.
Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform – Brings the security of Red Hat Enterprise Linux to containers, and can run anywhere in the datacenter–even in public cloud environments.
OpenShift Enterprise 3 by Red Hat – Bringing the security and stability of Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform to application development, plus deployment, orchestration, and management. Developers can built apps even faster across their hybrid (public and private/on-premise) cloud environment.
A few more quick answers from Cormier:
- Do you have to rewrite your apps to be stateless to accommodate storage limitations? No! Open source communities are hard at work on Ceph and Gluster, and Red Hat is bringing these advancements to the enterprise via Red Hat Storage.
- When will SDN be available? Networking capabilities are built into these new Red Hat products, and they can connect with SDN product from partners.
- How will your operations staff be able to manage different applications–from monolithic to next-gen? Once again, the open source community is collaborating on projects like Pulp, Katello, Foreman, and Manage IQ. Their advancements help Red Hat improve management products for the enterprise such as CloudForms and Red Hat Satellite.
- Can we run containers in a safe environment? Containers change the way applications are introduced into your enterprise, so you need to trust (and validate) containers the same way you’d trust (and validate) any application your business uses. The same trusted certification process we use for Red Hat Enterprise Linux is used for Red Hat Atomic Platform (since Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the operating system foundation of this product).