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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Open source hardware sparks innovation

Nathan Seidle, founder and CEO of SparkFun Electronics, believes open source is not only good for humanity, but also good for business. SparkFun is a successful online retailer that sells the parts people need to build electronics projects.

He started his talk by describing some of the “crazy” (his word, not mine) things some of his customers have made with SparkFun products:

  • One customer used SparkFun cell phone modules and solar cells to track falcon migration across North America.
  • Another put a SparkFun sensor under a trampoline and connected it to the valve (and flame) on a propane tank. The idea was, the harder you jump, the bigger the flame.
  • And my favorite: A customer used a SparkFun motion sensor, a microcontroller, and a blender to create the “blender defender.” The purpose? To keep cats off kitchen counters.

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Red Hat Container Technology Strategy

“Control and choice”

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In the late 20th century, the datacenter underwent a succession from proprietary mainframes to UNIX to Linux®. This was largely a result of software innovation presenting robust, cheaper alternatives to the previous extremes of vertical integration. As new freedoms arose, the centralized control once held by IT administrators was fragmented, and developers began assuming some of the responsibilities. With diversified ownership and the ability to combine and tailor software, innovation became a major factor in creating new markets and technologies. Things became more flexible.

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Open Source Stories: What is Penn Manor?

A film about empowering high school students to run their own open source PC helpdesk

Last year we premiered a special short film at Red Hat Summit called “Penn Manor.” Summit attendees helped us make a splash with this emotional story about how open source principles are changing the lives of students at Penn Manor High School. Since then, the program has grown and the film has received more views, accolades, and support from the open source community.


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Who says tech conferences aren’t magical?

 

I mean, really? If you haven’t heard: The craziest thing went down today at Red Hat Summit. It’s probably a first ever for a tech conference and that’s not even the amazing part. We married some amazing people. To each other. They hitched without a hitch. It was beautiful, romantic, geeky, exciting, punny, and absolutely heart-warming.

 

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Jim delivers the rings while Paul and crew set up.

I wouldn’t trade the experience of seeing these two wonderful people commit to each other for anything. See what I did there? Commit. Get it? Anyway…

 

Paul Cormier, Red Hat EVP and president of Products and Technologies, presided over the wedding while Jim Whitehurst, our fearless leader, acted as ring bearer.

And it gets better!

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Traditional or not, Red Hat has your platform covered

Are you a traditional Red Hat customer using Red Hat Enterprise Linux? You may be big on standing still. This doesn’t mean you personally. But you want your platform to be stable. You’re fielding critical applications on it, and you need it to be rock steady and predictable.

Wait, did you say you’re not traditional in that sense? Perhaps you’re looking for new features to support emerging applications, then. You want agility, flexibility, and modularity in your platform, whether it exists on premise or in the cloud.

Those are 2 really different ways of looking at the operating system.

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Understanding the problem

Denise Dumas, Red Hat’s VP of Platform Engineering, understands these competing needs. So does Red Hat’s Director of Product Management Ronald Pacheco. They teamed up at the Red Hat Summit to explain how Red Hat Enterprise Linux can support both these types of customers.

As Dumas explained, “RHEL is one-stop shopping” for security, scalability, and stability. That doesn’t change for customers, whether they value a traditional or a non-traditional platform. But with modern, competing needs for infrastructure, she said, the requirements aren’t as simple. “RHEL customers expect stability but also demand innovation.”

Some folks want it to stand still. Others want to use new and innovative code. That’s quite a quandary for an operating system.

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Paul Cormier: App dev and operations for evolving IT environments

Talking ’bout an IT evolution (baby)

Some call it digital transformation. Others say it’s the evolution from traditional to modern, or from mode 1 to mode 2. Paul Cormier, Red Hat president of Products and Technologies, sees it as an evolutionary approach to architecture, processes, and platforms. In his keynote at the 2016 Red Hat Summit, he explores how these shifting landscapes affect both infrastructure and applications, as well as developers and operations.

To start, Cormier looks at infrastructure and app development through the lens of architecture, processes, and platforms.

Infrastructure

across-all-architecturesInfrastructure architecture is moving from proprietary to open source development, and from single footprints to a combination of physical, virtual, private, and public resources. These changes necessitate accessible software-based storage and networking, as well as common management and consistent applications. Without all the pieces working in harmony, infrastructure can become inefficient and complex–and that isn’t sustainable.

With all the changes to infrastructure, processes must change to match. More automation, better tools, and common management can help, but streamlined processes must infiltrate the entire organization to make increasingly complex infrastructure sustainable.

Similarly, the host platform must be utterly stable across the entire stack. Platform consistency is where Red Hat Enterprise Linux has made its mark–our customers can use the same foundation across physical, virtual, private, and public environments.

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Burr Sutter & company blow your mind at Red Hat Summit

The best demos are live demos. They’re intense, fast-paced, and full of excitement–for the audience, of course. The presenters never want excitement. They want everything to work as expected. And the keynote demo this morning delivered all of that and more.

“Think of this as our flying trapeze act.”

Burr Sutter, Red Hat’s director of developer experience, gave a demo that spoke to the core of Red Hat Summit: The developers. The operations teams. Those that do. This demo built on the concepts that Paul Cormier addressed earlier in the morning. Developers feel many pains in their day-to-day lives and need resources to make apps work, then into production. Even getting their environment set up properly can be a chore. File tickets. Wait. Hope. Get resources. Code. Rise and repeat.

On the other side, operations teams are constantly getting barraged with requests from developers. Ticket after ticket comes in requesting resources. But developers don’t understand all that ops have to deal with. Dependencies, requests, patches, updates, more tickets, more requests, more updates. It’s impossible to keep up with.

DevOps to the rescue

The power of DevOps is that these teams can be linked together in culture, processes, and tools. What if you had a way to automate all of this? A single place for everyone to work together and cast aside the madness. A way to get to production faster, using containers, and continuously integrating and delivering. And what if you could see it live at the Red Hat Summit? Yeah, that’d be cool…

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