Red Hat Summit 2017 – Planning your IoT Labs


This year in Boston, MA you can attend the Red Hat Summit 2017, the event to get your updates on open source technologies and meet with all the experts you follow throughout the year.

It’s taking place from May 2-4 and is full of interesting sessions, keynotes, and labs.

This year I was part of the process of selecting the labs you are going to experience at Red Hat Summit and wanted to share here some to help you plan your hands-on time with IoT focused labs. These labs are for you to spend time with the experts who will teach you hands-on how to get the most from IoT using open technologies.

Each lab is a 2-hour session, so planning is essential to getting the most out of your days at Red Hat Summit.

As you might be struggling to find and plan your sessions together with some lab time, here is an overview of the labs you can find in the session catalog for exact room and times. Each entry includes the lab number, title, abstract, instructors and is linked to the session catalog entry:

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Push it real good: Continuous delivery at the push of a button

Andrew Rubinger, an architect within Red Hat’s developer programs group, showed us how to revolutionize your deployments. Sounds like a long, complicated talk–surely something like this takes forever to set up. Actually, this was the shortest talk I’ve ever experienced at a Red Hat Summit. 

That’s not a bad thing. It speaks volumes to the shift that we’re seeing in IT. The tools are there. They have the power and can do what we want and need. The change is in how people interact with those tools.

Good news: It’s finally getting easy.

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Red Hat Mobile: A walkthrough of the platform

DevNation is off to a great start and if you missed Cian Clarke’s overview of Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, I feel bad for you, son. And if you like live demos and real-world examples from your presenters, I feel extra bad. Cian broke his talk down to 3 slides and 40+ minutes of demos. We’ll get to that later, but let’s get some general info out of the way first.

What’s a mobile application platform?

For those that haven’t spent much time with mobile app platforms, Cian made it easy to see the power of being able to iterate fast, push updates, and track the progress of your mobile apps. Red Hat Mobile Application Platform gives you all of that and more.

Why a do I need a platform?

A mobile app platform is important if you’re dealing with multiple apps, multiple mobile form factors (tablets, phones, watches, etc), multiple back-end systems, developers, versions, etc. Basically, if you’re an enterprise working in mobile at all, a platform can help you manage everything–across multiple teams–from a central tool.

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Follow the yellow brick road to emerging technologies

While satisfying a management directive pushing for “cloud abilities” and dealing with some key challenges in its existing technology stack, Vodafone’s IT team decided to embark on a journey to update the company’s technology.

Following an early management decision, the usually silo-ed business and IT teams worked together to select the technologies that would carry the company’s integration framework into the future.

As there’s often some magic involved in migrating to a new product, Vodafone representatives will discuss their experiences with the wizardry of “buying a product” and the road they traveled to a successful solution, discussing the:

  • Main driver behind the migration process.
  • Key challenges, including performance and operations, that influenced the team’s decisions.
  • Technology comparison and selection process, which was largely successful because of active commitment, communication, and collaboration across teams and companies.
  • Good, Wicked, and Oz-some stories from the journey.

You’ll leave this session with your own yellow brick road guide for selecting the right technologies for your organization. You’ll also learn tips and tricks for successfully engaging with your providers, partners, and with teams across your organization.

Open, software-defined storage: The new priority for modern datacenters

Datacenter modernization is a priority for everyone working with virtualization, cloud, hybrid, and fabric architectures and technologies. Yet, traditional approaches to traditional data management are like anchoring your modern speedboat with cement. Enter open software-defined storage, a new approach to storage that brings applications closer to data while adding agility and intelligence.

In this new world of big data and open cloud environments like OpenStack, open, software-defined storage enables you to deploy storage how you need to, when you need to, and where you need to: in the cloud, in virtual or physical environments.

In this session, you’ll learn how customers are changing their relationships with traditional storage vendors and capitalizing on today’s economics with Red Hat Storage Server. You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of software-defined storage and if you’re ready to capitalize on it.

HP Moonshot with Red Hat Enterprise Linux saves space & energy for

The HP Moonshot System, the world’s first software-defined server platform, delivers maximum density with unparalleled power efficiency. HP Moonshot, running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is currently handling the traffic on, and providing tremendous space and energy savings. In this session, we’ll explain the technical detail of how our web platform works and discuss future plans for more workloads.

Red Hat Storage Server replication: Past, present, & future

In this session, we’ll detail Red Hat Storage Server data replication strategies for both near replication (LAN) and far replication (over WAN), and explain how replication has evolved over the last few years. You’ll learn about:

  • Past mechanisms.
  • Near replication (client-side replication).
  • Far replication using timestamps (xtime).
  • Present mechanisms.
  • Near replication (server side) built using qourum and journaling.
  • Faster far replication using journaling.
  • Unified replication.
  • Replication using snapshots.
  • Stripe replication using erasure coding.

Building scalable cloud infrastructure using Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

This session provides an architecture deep dive of Red Hat’s OpenStack Scale Lab, a multi-purpose, 220-node deployment recently designed and built for internal and external OpenStack, Hadoop, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization development, continuous integration, and scale testing.

You’ll learn about the design, deployment, and automation aspects using Red Hat Linux Enterprise OpenStack Platform, Foreman, Red Hat Storage Server, Puppet, and other open source tools and APIs to deliver a full-featured, flexible cloud environment that services multiple use cases backed by re-usable, elastic resources. You’ll also hear experiences and lessons learned from conception, design, deployment, and current usage.

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