Tis’ time Cleveland went DevOps


I’m sitting at the Red Hat Booth at the Information Security Summit at the LaCentre Conference Center on Detroit Road.  I look at the agenda for this Information Security Summit event attended by over 1,000 attendees across 100 sessions sponsored by about 32 forward-thinking organizations – including Red Hat. Innovation and invention are not new to the city of Cleveland – a city that led the nation in patents per capita in 1900.  In 1920, Cuyahoga County had the fourth largest manufacturing economy in America.  Cleveland was one of the leaders in the Industrial Revolution in the yester years.  That said, when it comes to technology today, Cleveland may not be the first city that comes to mind.  Just like there is a call to action for competitive enterprises of the future to make innovation relevant, cities like Cleveland need to take action too.  And taking action it is.  Red Hat is bringing DevOps to Cleveland on Nov 7.

The Information Security Summit itself was a validation of the steps that Cleveland is taking in this direction.  Mobile Monday looked at the pay-offs and concerns associated with mobile content, its development, delivery, storage, and risks.  About 30 vendors displayed the latest in security technology on Tuesday.  Wednesday was Healthcare day atop the Global Center for Health Innovation — a place that I had accidentally encountered in the recent past. Two hundred healthcare and information security professionals including Red Hat gathered to immerse their understanding dedicated to PHI, HIPAA, cloud-based storage and the IoT data protection.

The two-day Information Security Summit itself is Ohio’s most highly attended security conference in Cleveland.  Bob Bragdon,  Publisher of CSO Magazine’s keynote discussed why security is a boardroom issue now and the steps enterprises can take to make security real.  “Does this mean we can do real security now,” challenges Bragdon.  It reminded of a recent Twitter Chat #ChatSTC on the topic of creating a culture of Cybersecurity from the Break Room to the Board Room.

Containers are the new platform of Enterprise IT.  Check out Dan Kuznetsky’s take on how Red Hat combines containers and microservices in interesting ways.  The Microservices Day that I hosted in Minneapolis recently was attended by over 120 next-generation IT enthusiasts who were there to interact with key contributors and committers in the open source community—all of whom are employees of Red Hat.  Red Hat disrupts the open source engine by having employees provide technical leadership in the community as well as selectively hardening innovative software and making it enterprise grade to enable mission critical solutions for customers.

The same Red Hat is bringing the first ever User Group to Cleveland.  The topics being covered are the forward thinking concepts including containers, microservices using technologies like Docker.  Every company is a technology company including KeyBank (also a financial institution of great repute) – who will be sharing their experience using container platforms.  Microsoft, a strategic partner of Red Hat will be presenting on deploying Red Hat solutions on Azure – talk about innovative interoperability.  Needless to say, the User Group will also have sessions on Red Hat technologies that provide today’s enterprises an option to modernize with the backing of a powerful ecosystem of innovation.  An option that makes their IT relevant.

And why not Cleveland, I say!  Tis’ about time.

Please click here to register for the first ever Red Hat User Group in Cleveland at a location in the West Side of Cleveland.  East Siders are welcome too, by the way!  For you see, Red Hat is all about interoperability!

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