Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with RHEL

This year you’ve got a lot of decisions to make before you got to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA from 8-10 May 2018.

There are breakout sessionsbirds-of-a-feather sessionsmini sessionspanelsworkshops, and instructor led labs that you’re trying to juggle into your daily schedule. To help with these plans, let’s try to provide an overview of the labs in this series.

In this article let’s examine a track focusing only on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). It’s a selection of labs where you’ll get hands-on with package management, OS security, dig into RHEL internals, build a RHEL image for the cloud and more.

The following hands-on labs are on the agenda, so let’s look at the details of each one.

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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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Performance analysis and tuning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Speed matters

In the demanding world of today’s IT environments, users expect rapid responses to requests and greater utilization of their computing platforms. In order to meet these requirements, Red Hat’s Performance Engineering Team devotes itself to analyzing these technology concerns, building automated optimization tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and creating useful tuning guides to help users customize configurations for their varied workloads.

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Paul Cormier announces new products and technologies at Red Hat Summit

“Linux has won in the datacenter. Now on to the rest of IT.”

In this morning’s keynote from Executive Vice President and President of Products and Technologies Paul Cormier, we looked back at how Linux finally won in the datacenter, and we explored insights into where the open source community is guiding us.

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Red Hat Enteprise Linux roadmap: Summit Q&A

If you attended the Red Hat Enterprise Linux roadmap session at this year’s Red Hat Summit, you saw it was a packed house with a lot of great questions. And now that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is generally available, we want to provide even more explanation and details on questions asked by attendees.

Check out what attendees wanted to learn more about – sorted by topic – in the 2014 roadmap session below. You’ll also find links to additional information where available. In case you missed it, you can download the presentation slides here.

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Live from the Summit: The app is king. The OS is the heartbeat.


We learned yesterday with examples from history that building on the infrastructure of the past creates enormous missed opportunity.

Today’s keynote from Paul Cormier, Red Hat’s president of products and technologies, opened with another reflection on history, and on the last decade of Red Hat Summits. “If I look back 10 years ago and look at this room, it was like a group meeting. Now look at us—everyone in this room, we’re all lucky to be in the middle of this. This is a once-in-a-career opportunity,” he said.

Given that so many of the careers at Summit got started in Linux, it’s fitting that the operating system became the crux of the keynote, starting with a 2008 quote from the former CEO of a leading proprietary virtualization company who claimed that “the traditional operating system has all but disappeared.”

But how has that really played out since then?

“Linux has proven so central to the datacenter, driving that essential convergence of physical, virtual, and private and public cloud,” said Cormier. “And Red Hat Enterprise Linux was the beginning of that transformation.”


Red Hat Enterprise Linux made it easy for customers in every major vertical to find the best innovation to run their businesses. This changed the game forever.

Companies started making apps and projects to fit their own needs, and they did it because of the community efforts that laid the foundation for exploration and experimentation. “All of the biggest services we know—Google, Facebook, Amazon—wouldn’t exist without the elasticity of Linux,” said Cormier.

With Linux fully in the mainstream, the power of the open source model started to work elsewhere. Take OpenStack, for example, a sort of an e plurubus unum of cloud projects. “OpenStack is built on, with, and by extending Linux,” said Cormier. “It couldn’t have been done with a proprietary model, because it’s just too big a problem to be solved by one company.”

Virtualization, middleware, storage—have all benefited from the pioneering efforts of Linux development, and these are no longer controlled by the proprietary guys alone.


So where does Linux go from here? Applications need portability, and containers are an innovative new piece of this puzzle. As part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, Cormier hinted at today’s announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, a platform to run containers across the datacenter. “Portability of the app doesn’t matter without platform consistency, and this is what RHEL 7 brings to the table,” said Cormier.

With Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, multiple containers can now share common host services (e.g., identity, network, storage), and with a stable, consistent operating system underneath, you can count on how the app is going to perform.

The app can now focus on portability across the ecosystem, while certifying it with security across multiple environments. “This is where the innovation of Linux has taken us,” said Cormier.


So, has the traditional operating system “all but disappeared?” With all the innovation that started with Linux—OpenStack, containers, JBoss middleware, xPaas, and so much more—the answer is clear. As Cormier said, “The application is king. The OS is the heartbeat.”


More information


Event: Red Hat Summit 2014
Date: 8:30 a.m., Tue April 15, 2014
Type: Keynote
Title: The app is king. The OS is the heartbeat.
Speaker: Paul Cormier

Red Hat Software Collections

Red Hat Software Collections is the new way Red Hat is making the latest stable versions available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It includes a host of new components:

  • Python 2.7 and 3.3
  • Ruby 1.9.3
  • PHP 5.4
  • Perl 5.16
  • MySQL 5.5
  • MariaDB
  • PostgrSQL 9.2
  • Node.js 0.10 (tech preview)

Come to this BoF session and let’s talk use cases, discuss the problems you’re trying to solve, and answer any other questions you want to bring. This will be a great opportunity to ask follow-up questions from previous session on Red Hat Software Collections.

Protecting your data with Red Hat Storage Server

Whether it’s the fear of data loss through system or datacenter failures or data theft by parties whose intentions are unknown, there is no shortage of things to keep you up at night. In this session, we’ll guide you through how Red Hat Storage Server can help you sleep better knowing your data is protected against multiple failure scenarios, including theft. You’ll learn how to use Red Hat Storage Server to encrypt and replicate your data locally as well as remotely, and how to access the data securely over SSL.