Live from the clouds: Red Hat Summit cloud overview

Up in the clouds on my way to the 2016 Open Stack Summit in Austin, I sign up for various sessions, and also look ahead to the Red Hat Summit at the end of June 2016. I walk through the Cloud track on the Red Hat Summit agenda, and perceive multiple phases that are germane to the evolution to the Cloud the “Red Hat way” – so to speak.

A couple of sessions offer strategic approaches to cloud transformation while several others share experience-based insight from implementers across multiple perspectives. One can also see the impact that OpenStack has had on key industries like telecom, finally rounding it off with a projection of what is to come in the future. What follows is a high-level perspective Live from the clouds on the Red Hat Summit.

Transformation. Going to the cloud is a business decision first enabled by appropriate architectural and technological choices.

  • Architecting  the cloud. Public and hybrid clouds have changed the future of the business, IT and application landscape, simultaneously simplifying and complicating nearly every activity from procurement  through operations. As you evaluate and expand usage of one or more public and hybrid clouds, early decisions on architectures, leveraged services, and business models will dramatically affect the path of your projects. Join the Public and hybrid cloud: Breaking down barriers session to understand Red Hat offerings in public and hybrid cloud that enable developers, administrators, and procurement officers to empower the application architectures of the future using the value of Red Hat solutions.
  • Living in the Cloud. While Cloud might be a business decision, the reality is the simultaneous existence of multiple cloud environments across various platforms.     Co-existence is the new mantra in the heterogeneous world of IT. The Application Development and Operations team are more interested in their own playground and would like the underlying Platform to be offered as a Service (PaaS) – just what Red     Hat’s OpenShift it is. But, what if this PaaS has to run on public and private clouds with multiple vendors including Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Red Hat? Answer: OpenShift  on public and private clouds with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Red Hat

Implementing the cloud. There are several defining components that give more shape and form to the overall solution deployed in the cloud.

  • Doing it right. It is interesting that I am at the Open Stack Summit 2016 in Austin at the time of writing this blog! Given the FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) in the marketplace around whether OpenStack is enterprise-ready, this session will walk through what it takes to successfully build, deploy, and manage a private cloud using Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform followed by real-life experiences from implementers who have used various Red Hat solutions to provide greater interoperability, management, security, and scale.
  • Managing it. That is all good. Many organizations are turning to OpenStack for an open,  highly scalable private cloud infrastructure, but not as many want to manage it themselves. Join this session to learn about a new offering from Red Hat and     Rackspace that uses OpenStack as a managed service.
  • Storage. So, why is Ceph the most widely deployed storage technology used with OpenStack? Is it because it’s an open source, massively scalable, unified software-defined storage solution. Or, is it its unique and optimized technical integration with the OpenStack services and its pure-software approach to scaling? Attend this     session to find out more details.
  • Performance. How exactly should performance be evaluated for cloud offerings? The session – Measuring performance in the cloud: A scientific approach to an elastic         problem explains the methodology developed by Dell and Red Hat providing performance tuning tips gathered from running the SPEC IaaS 2016 benchmark. Reality Check: Now more than ever, enterprises need actual, representative ways to measure, analyze, and characterize the performance of cloud solutions.

Impacting the industry. It is high time that cloud-based solutions begin to offer game-changing     alternatives to specific industries.

  • Good morning telecom! Telco can take a cue from the cloud! Software-defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) are critical strategies and technological approaches for future, successful telecom networks. OpenStack is         being used as the core cloud infrastructure for both of these, due to its massive scalability, economics, and interoperability. NFV deployments represent some of the most demanding workloads in OpenStack clouds, yet the economic and operational promise of NFV makes this a high-value technical challenge for service providers         worldwide. This session provides a technical overview and roadmap of Red Hat’s OpenStack-based NFV solution.

Roadmap. What lies ahead?

  • Cloud. In the Red Hat Cloud roadmap session, product management leadership from across Red Hat’s cloud product teams will highlight how major capabilities like containers, virtualization and storage are delivered in future releases of the products and suites.
  • OpenShift. Summit 2015 launched the next generation of OpenShift by Red Hat with the release of OpenShift 3 which natively integrated the Docker container runtime and packaging format, Kubernetes for orchestration and cluster management, built on a foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. What’s new and what’s coming next? Answer:  OpenShift roadmap – What’s new and what’s next .

Those are my thoughts from up above the world sky so high. What say you? What sessions are you planning on attending at the Red Hat Summit. Having shared my perspective from the cloud, I am equally excited about a down-to-earth conversation with you at the Red Hat Summit after any one of these sessions.

See you there !!

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