Taking the FUD out of private cloud and OpenStack

Even though it’s been around since 2000, with technology like OpenStack, there’s a lot of hype (and fear, uncertainty, and doubt–or FUD) to weed through. Is OpenStack being used in production? Is public cloud the new cloud?

Margaret Dawson, head of global product marketing at Red Hat, started her Building a private cloud with OpenStack Summit session saying she would arm us with “ways to combat the hype in the marketing, ways to justify why you want to use OpenStack, and real-world examples of OpenStack deployments.”

What is OpenStack?

A modular, open-source software platform for cloud computing with components that manage resources or compute, networking, and storage. In IT parlance, it’s private cloud, or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

Why should you care?

  • Private cloud computing is the #1 major IT initiative planned for completion in 2016 by Red Hat customers
  • OpenStack is the leading private cloud technology (40% of Red Hat customers polled plan on launching OpenStack POC or production deployment)

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Red Hat Storage Server on IBM: A proven platform

IBM is leading the industry in disk-dense, big data servers. Red Hat is leading the industry with emerging software-defined solutions. Red Hat Storage Server on the IBM System x3650 M4 BD platform delivers a solution designed for big data, high performance, a small footprint, and horizontal scalability.

In this session, we’ll discuss how Red Hat Storage Server powers this x86 system configurable with up to 56 terabytes of low-cost storage, transforming it from a box of disk drives into an affordable, powerful, scalable, and open, software-defined storage environment. We’ll also detail a case study from a customer running virtualized servers and virtualized storage on IBM x86 servers, all powered by Red Hat software.

Red Hat Storage Server for AWS

The ability to create global namespace, high availability, and volume economics enables unique capabilities when Red Hat Storage Server is used on Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this session, you’ll learn about the capabilities and the potential of using AWS ephemeral storage, availability zones, and regions to deliver a truly distributed cloud storage solution that is geographically diverse, cost effective, and highly available.

Pedal to the metal: Red Hat CloudForms for workload & infrastructure management

Enterprise IT professionals have unique cloud resource challenges. To deploy and manage an enterprise application today, you need a solution that ensures compliance with corporate IT governance requirements and has predictable and repeatable performance and costs. Plus, business users want solutions that can be deployed quickly.

In this session, you’ll learn how to overcome these enterprise-class cloud deployment challenges. See how Red Hat CloudForms can automate OpenStack reference architecture design creation, deployment, and management for workloads and infrastructures.

Learn how to visually inventory deployed OpenStack reference architectures and monitor OpenStack usage, including how to budget for platform usage by project, department, or program, and track and allocate costs in a similar way.

Scholastic moves to the cloud with Red Hat

Scholastic is working with Red Hat to transform publishing industry IT, allowing the faster, cheaper, more consistent, and more reliable delivery of IT services.

The problem: Datacenters with proprietary hardware and software required capital investments for each new business initiative. Therefore, an excessive amount of time was required to order and build all the systems by hand, which increased the time to market and reduced business agility. Governance was a collection of documents that had to be followed manually, audited manually, and maintained manually.

The solution: Using Red Hat solutions, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and automation tools, Scholastic was able to provide solutions to the businesses in a completely different, innovative way. (The solutions included: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Cloud Access, Red Hat Satellite, Directory Server, Red Hat JBoss EAP, Red Hat Fuse, Red Hat JBoss Data Grid, and OpsCode Chef.) These solutions are enabling Scholastic to into a public cloud while removing the datacenter management obligation entirely.

The result: Scholastic provisioned a server and deployed a new Red Hat JBoss Middleware application in development within 1 hour, and will have more than 90% of its applications in the cloud this year.

In this session, Scholastic reps will:

  • Detail the steps they took on their journey to the cloud.
  • Discuss how Red Hat helped in that journey.
  • Share guidelines for running effective migration strategies and load tests.
  • Share best practices for exposing legacy systems through web services to build service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications for high availability, redundancy, monitoring, and management with zero down time in a cloud environment.

Introduction to Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

In this session, you’ll learn about Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, from the ground up. We’ll start from the traditional datacenter virtualization perspective and move through to the platform that enables scale-out, fault-tolerant workloads.

You’ll also learn about the major components in the OpenStack Havana release cycle, how they fit together, and how they can be used to create an IaaS cloud platform. You’ll see a basic demonstration of the key workflows that an end user would experience and learn how they can administer OpenStack environments.

Speeding up infrastructure provisioning with Red Hat CloudForms

Most of today’s enterprise processes for provisioning infrastructures like hypervisors and virtual machines (VMs) are manual, requiring several human interactions that can delay processes and introduce inconsistencies. By automating this provisioning process, an enterprise can eliminate these blockers and get their infrastructures up and running quickly.

In this session, we’ll walk you through real-world use cases that demonstrate:

  • The coupling of Red Hat CloudForms to Cisco UCS for hypervisor server management.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for VM management.
  • Red Hat Satellite for software management.
  • Infoblox for IP address management.

With this solution, you can speed up and automate your hypervisor and VM provisioning, and reduce deployment times from weeks to hours by eliminating all intermediate provisioning touch points.

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