Live from the Summit: Application builders, the lifeblood of enterprise software

Right off the heels of the first full day of DevNation, an open source developer conference co-located with Red Hat Summit, the middleware keynote brought a standing-room-only crowd of developers and Summit attendees.

summit2014-craig_muzillaCraig Muzilla, vice president of Red Hat JBoss Middleware (pictured here), believes in the idea of empowering application builders to empower the business. In fact, he says, “Business is software.”

Over the last 10 years, applications have become integral to business, from Intuit becoming a key player in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to Best Buy integrating its physical and online stores—both using Red Hat software.

Business is changing fast. As Craig pointed out, we’ve seen:

  • A 1,700% increase in web apps in 10 years.
  • A 23,000% increase in broadband mobile users.
  • That 65% of companies plan to use Platform-as-a-Service in the future.

Why? Because customer demands are different. They want applications to be immediate, pervasive, and aware. And because business are being build on foundations that must now include cloud, mobile, big data, and Internet of Things.

So what is a modern application builder? In 2 words: everyone, everything. They’re clients and mobile, APIs and servers, DevOps teams, integrators, and business analysts.

To serve everyone and everything, we must modernize the development platform. That’s where xPaaS comes in. It’s where middleware meets cloud.

Mark Little, Red Hat’s VP of Engineering, dives into xPaaS, a lightweight, minimal, dynamic platform built with cloud, mobile, big data, and the Internet of Things in mind.

xPaaS is integration of many products, many teams, into the same platform. From Red Hat Fuse and Red Hat Fuse Service Works to Red Hat Storage, the whole stack works well together, under the same xPaaS effort.

In a live–and by some accounts risky–demo, Burr Sutter, product management director of Developer Products, set out to:

  1. Set up a brand new laptop, loaded with Red Hat Enterprise Linux as we watched.
  2. Stand up a virtual machine—no, make that 2 virtual machines.
  3. Deploy an application to pull data from Twitter, compare against an existing Salesforce database, and send text messages to any matches.

In 30 minutes. While hundreds of people watched.

Spoiler alert: It worked. Attendees tweeted using #demoup and #demodown, and we listened as text messages began arriving in people’s pockets.

And at the end of the demo, the weakest laptop was put out of its misery. As the machine went out of commission, OpenShift automatically scaled the remaining machine to compensate for the loss.

Never be boring,” Mike Pieche said.


More information


Event: Red Hat Summit 2014
Date: 4 p.m., Mon Apr 14, 2014
Type: Keynote
Title: Empowering app builders: Your path to enlightened innovation
Speaker: Craig Muzilla, Dr. Mark Little, Burr Sutter