The best type of innovation is driven by Collaboration, says Gartner VP, Marcus Blosch. As I was walking the Collaboration Area at the Red Hat Summit, I came upon an intriguing setup called the Marble Track Hack Attack with several individuals taking turns to engage in a challenging exercise. It was all about a ball traveling from start to finish with some constraints within a limited time. This is an exercise where there is no clear answer and the optimal solution is one that emerges through multiple essays – and if they fail, so be it! We continue to learn. Red Hat associate, SJ Cox was diligently trying out her own ideas while encouraging and inviting the attendees to join as well. So, what was such a contraption doing at the Red Hat Summit? It may not be obvious at first sight, but when I go back to Blosch’s assertion in his article, I can see why. Open Source is all about collaboration and when you have the passionate individuals continuously contributing to it like what I witnessed at the Summit, it is easy to experience the wonderful magic of open source innovation through collaboration!
3 trends are pushing enterprises to adopt a better management strategy. Customers want:
Ease of use
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.
Some call it digital transformation. Others say it’s the evolution from traditional to modern, or from mode 1 to mode 2. Paul Cormier, Red Hat president of Products and Technologies, sees it as an evolutionary approach to architecture, processes, and platforms. In his keynote at the 2016 Red Hat Summit, he explores how these shifting landscapes affect both infrastructure and applications, as well as developers and operations.
To start, Cormier looks at infrastructure and app development through the lens of architecture, processes, and platforms.
Infrastructure architecture is moving from proprietary to open source development, and from single footprints to a combination of physical, virtual, private, and public resources. These changes necessitate accessible software-based storage and networking, as well as common management and consistent applications. Without all the pieces working in harmony, infrastructure can become inefficient and complex–and that isn’t sustainable.
With all the changes to infrastructure, processes must change to match. More automation, better tools, and common management can help, but streamlined processes must infiltrate the entire organization to make increasingly complex infrastructure sustainable.
Similarly, the host platform must be utterly stable across the entire stack. Platform consistency is where Red Hat Enterprise Linux has made its mark–our customers can use the same foundation across physical, virtual, private, and public environments.
In the demanding world of today’s IT environments, users expect rapid responses to requests and greater utilization of their computing platforms. In order to meet these requirements, Red Hat’s Performance Engineering Team devotes itself to analyzing these technology concerns, building automated optimization tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and creating useful tuning guides to help users customize configurations for their varied workloads.
Innovation, culture, lean, agile, and DevOps. These terms are currently being thrown around in the IT industry as the apex of success. Master these, and your organization will be blessed with an eternity of deployment good fortune and increased efficiency. What does it really take for an organization to be considered agile and innovative in 2015?
At Red Hat we call it the Open Source Way. When we talk about open source, we’re talking about a proven way of collaborating to create technology. The freedom to see the code, to learn from it, to ask questions and offer improvements: This is the open source way.
That’s just what we saw today between the Puppet Enterprise teams and Red Hat Satellite Product teams. Carl Caum and Tim Zonca of Puppet Labs, along with Richard Jerrido and Christopher Wells of Red Hat, described their offerings and briefly demonstrated how they are collaborating on interoperability in order to bring the best experience they can to customers.
This year, Red Hat solution architect David Huff helped out with Taste of Red Hat Training labs. Check out his experiences and get a glimpse of the Summit information sessions, hands-on labs, and self-paced learning through David’s eyes on his blog.
What do 2 leading IT companies do with a partnership that goes back 15 years? For Red Hat and Dell, the answer is to cultivate an integrated OpenStack solution specifically for enterprise private cloud deployment.
Dell’s Arkady Kanevsky, director of software development, and Randy Perryman, network and solution architect, joined Red Hat senior principal software engineer Steven Reichard to describe how the solution has come together over the last 18 months.