Girl: Don’t be shy. Develop it.

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Corinne Warnshuis speaking at Red Hat Summit 2016

That’s the matter-of-fact tagline of a pioneering organization called Girl Develop It, headed up by Executive Director Corinne Warnshuis.

You’ve probably heard that the number of women in technology is low. But the number of women in open source development is even more abysmal—about 11%. The industry is notoriously hard for women to break into.

Breaking down barriers to women in open source

Girl Develop It is on a mission to change that. The group is working hard to “provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development.” Founded in 2010, Girl Develop It embodies the idea of the power of participation and aims to make women feel comfortable learning technology.

And it’s truly changing lives.

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Red Hat Cloud roadmap

Spanning the development and production spectrum

Tuesday’s discussion of the Red Hat Cloud Roadmap began with a brief overview of the current portfolio. Host James Labocki, Red Hat senior manager of strategic design practice for integrated solutions, described Red Hat’s vision of a unified cloud solution that meets IT needs “all the way from development to production.”

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MAD for mobile

I was able to wrap up the Summit “graveyard shift” the same way I began the week: Hanging out with the Red Hat Mobile folks. Love those guys.

This session was centered around MAD: microservices, agile, and DevOps. On top of that, Cian Clarke, John Frizelle, and Philip Hayes of Red Hat Mobile showed how all 3 of these pieces relate to Red Hat Mobile Application Platform.

Cian began talking about the new era of applications. Apps can’t cost hundreds of thousands of dollars anymore. They can’t take 6 months to develop; that’s far too long. They don’t live for decades–traditional software lasts for a long time.

“Now, the idea of an application living for 10 years is almost laughable.”

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Ansible takes on container management FTW

Plenty of people are aware of and use Ansible to manage systems. Whether you need to provision, configure, deploy, or orchestrate systems, at scales small or large, Ansible makes it simple.

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Greg DeKoenigsberg

As Ansible Director of Community Greg DeKoenigsberg describes it, Ansible is “basically distributed SSH with some other goodness on top. You describe a list of plays, and Ansible uses them to accomplish tasks you’d otherwise have to do yourself.” DeKoenigsberg teamed up with Matt Micene, solution architect from DLT Solutions, to discuss how Ansible is rapidly moving beyond host management into corralling containers.

Ansible is written in Python, with a small, functional core and a huge variety of modules for almost every imaginable function. DeKoenigsberg showed off some simple examples of Ansible playbooks, which are easy to understand descriptions of tasks. Combine an inventory of systems, variables to distinguish between them, and a set of these Playbooks, and you have a recipe to easily recreate infrastructure on demand.

So Ansible works well to manage the traditional operating system. But what about an OS like Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host? Some tasks often seen in Playbooks don’t apply. “Mostly,” said Micene, “because we need to reset our fundamental understanding of what the Atomic Host is, versus the general purpose RHEL 7.”

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Making the world a safer place with systemd, docker, persistence, and patience

Sometimes things don’t go the way you want. But if you’re Dan Walsh, you don’t give up. You keep working because security is important. Containers are also important, so surely there’s a way to bring these two important things together. Surely.

Dan, a senior principal software engineer for Red Hat, tackled the touchy subject of systemd running with docker. Now, ordinarily, talking about docker or systemd would cause a flurry of responses–champions and detractors. Talking about them together? You must be crazy, Dan. Well maybe so, but Dan is also Dan. That means he’s all for doing the right thing–the right way–to keep businesses and Red Hat customers happy.

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You CAN teach an old bank new tricks: Société Générale and Ansible

This is the story of a forward-thinking CIO of corporate IT named Bruno Delas. He had a vision to create a new kind of startup team inside his IT department. He wanted to identify and overcome the limitations that keep traditional organizations from being able to develop applications at a rapid pace the way startups can. Could his organization do scrum, DevOps, or lean and be successful?

Was it a matter of organizational change, as Clayton M. Christensen suggested in Innovator’s Dilemma? Would the team need to be autonomous in order to shed heavy organizational structures and limitations? He knew he needed some help.

One day, Delas met a CTO named Fabrice Bernhard. Bernhard was from a small, agile web and mobile development firm.

Their organizations couldn’t be more different. Société Générale, Delas’ firm, is a 150-year-old multinational banking and finance company with more than 175.000 employees. Bernhard’s firm, Theodo, was less than 10 years old and employed barely more than 100 people.

Together, they set a lofty goal: Build and deploy new apps in less than 2 months.

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Manage your digital transformation with Red Hat

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Alessandro Perilli (@giano), GM, management strategy

3 trends are pushing enterprises to adopt a better management strategy. Customers want:

  • Ease of use
  • Speed
  • Modularity

Why? Because enterprise users are consumers too, and they want the same experience at work that they have in their personal lives.

That’s according to Alessandro Perilli, general manager of management strategy at Red Hat, who explained how the Red Hat management portfolio helps companies with their digital transformation.

Frictionless. Programmable. Hybrid.

There’s a push for frictionless IT from enterprise users—they want the same usability they have as consumers. Evernote, for example, is a consumer-grade public cloud. “When we get back to the enterprise environment, we have the same expectations,” explained Perilli. And when that doesn’t match up, it’s jarring. It’s becoming even more true for younger millennial users, who have grown up with public cloud resources in their personal lives.

And hybrid doesn’t only mean hybrid cloud in this case. This is hybrid in the sense of different vendors working together, different products talking to each other, and different platforms being managed under the same roof.

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Ready or not, it’s time to rethink storage

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There are probably exabytes of just internet cat pictures.

It’s no secret that we’re in the midst of a data explosion. Digital assets have grown due to web-scale services like Facebook, YouTube, and Netflix.

50% of households use video on-demand services. And the medical industry has vast imaging needs. These are only some of the causes.

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