Manage your digital transformation with Red Hat

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.

Ops goes the way of the dinosaurs?

Basic functions of operations IT teams are shifting to developers now, explained Perilli, and ops risks extinction. But the Red Hat Management portfolio provides these teams with a more agile process to support both IT and the business. Perilli used metaphors for each component to help illustrate the portfolio as a whole. It includes:

  • Red Hat Satellite. This works kind of like UPS — it delivers trusted content.
  • Red Hat CloudForms. The manager of managers, CloudForms provides consistency across different environments. As a cloud management platform, it’s like a universal remote for ops.
  • Ansible by Red Hat. Because it’s designed for automation, said Perilli, it’s tempting to think of assembly line robots as the model for Ansible. But that’s too expensive; instead, think of it like an assembly line blended with LEGO Mindstorms, a special set with a small programmable computer that comes with sensors for motion and temperature. You can build robots that are semi-automated.
  • Red Hat Insights. Here, William Nix, Red Hat product marketing manager, joined Perilli onstage for a live demo of Red Hat Insights to identify security risks in a container, like looking at issues within the host system that could cause the guest to fail. It’s all about catching potential problems early before they become actual problems. Like having a crystal ball for Ops.

So, starting with Satellite, you get great delivery updates. Adding Ansible for automation checks that ease-of-use box. Insights adds Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). CloudForms gives you a single appliance instead of 6-12, as some of the other available cloud management platforms require.

Bringing it all together

As scale increases, so does complexity. Think about it in terms of the Industrial Revolution. We went from handcrafted > mass production > automation > autonomous systems.

“It’s the same when you’re deploying a cloud,” said Perilli.

Start by relying on Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack® Platform at the start. Next, ask “how can we move faster?”

You can start by adding Insights and Satellite. These are the first tools to deploy to run at scale and grow your cloud with complexity. Next, you can recognize issues with Insights and fix them with Satellite.

But how do we run at scale? How do we optimize our cloud? That’s when you can start automating by adding Ansible.

Finally, how do we manage at scale? Enter CloudForms, to keep an eye over everything.

Perilli explained that, “Of course, we know every single IT organization isn’t following this same path, but this is what we’re seeing with a lot of successful customers.”

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