Unlocking the Opportunities in Open Source Arena with Red Hat

Steve Wanless, Senior Strategist, Open Source Cloud, Dell
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Steve Wanless, Senior Strategist, Open Source Cloud, Dell

Current market trends shaping the Red Hat space

There has been somewhat of a resurgence of interest, activity, and outright endorsement of open source technologies and software, which is being driven by a number of inter-connected things like Cloud, OpenStack, Containers, Docker, Kubernetes, Platform-as-a- Service, and the list goes on. These trends have contributed to an increasing market presence and prominence for Red Hat–the recognized leader in refining and capturing value with open source technologies.

The common business challenges, Red Hat organization face at this point in time

Organizations should carefully assess open source technologies along with commercial technologies as they seek to evolve and transform their IT operations and service delivery. No one technology fits all. Another aspect to carefully consider is the notion of investing resources (people, time and money) into things like open source and cloud versus the notion of renting or outsourcing IT service provisioning. Both options can be appropriate. Investing can deliver TCO benefits, provide stronger control, and potential competitive advantages over the long term. Renting cloud based services can potentially bring results faster with lower/no CapEx requirements, with some loss of control over configurations and service delivery options. Net-net, a key challenge to overcome is figuring out what are the most appropriate for the organization and for users and the services and applications needed to run the organization.

  Innovative things happen in a short amount of time when the goals are clear and the tools are predetermined 

Customers also struggle with measuring the impact of investing in new open source technologies. The SPEC Cloud IaaS 2016 Benchmark is the first specification by a major industry-standards performance consortium that defines how the performance of cloud computing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) can be measured and evaluated for cloud platforms, either public or private. Get more details on SPEC Cloud in this recent blog. Dell is the first– and so far only–cloud vendor either private or public to successfully execute the benchmark specification tests and to publish results.

The OpenSource trend reshaping the Red Hat arena and its benefits

Red Hat OpenStack IaaS provides an incredible flexible and customizable platform. This flexibility can introduce some complexity with respect to managing dependencies and determining which options are ideal. What Red Hat and Dell are doing is creating a stable reliable platform that customers can rely on now and in the future. Our expertise with OpenStack runs very deep through the entire software stack and even down into the Linux operating system on which OpenStack runs. Dell and Red Hat are able to make decisions on what components can or cannot be used successfully, and we are able to stabilize the moving parts on behalf of our customers. We capture and provide this knowledge in our reference configurations and architectures which are freely available to the public.

The Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution is now in its 5th generation and is built on the solid foundation of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, and we integrate the latest generation PowerEdge server platforms with Intel Xeon E5-2600 V4 family of processors. Working with Intel and Red Hat, we have completed phase one in our “on-ramp to cloud” program that developed and refined enterprise capabilities for VM migration, Instance HA and host maintenance capabilities in OpenStack. At Red Hat Summit in San Francisco in June, Dell introduced two new validated extensions for our OpenStack cloud solution powered with Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

OpenShift by Red Hat: Platform-as-a-service (Paas) empowers developers to easily develop, deploy, and run applications. Integrates with a standardized container model powered Docker and Kubernetes to provide container-based write once/run anywhere capabilities.

Red Hat Cloud Forms: Implements a unified management framework with advanced life cycle management and hybrid cloud capabilities across OpenStack and other infrastructure and cloud platforms.

Extensions to our core architecture are thoroughly validated just like the core architecture to ensure a consistent seamless cloud environment. These technologies work and add value at any size and any scale, which allows organizations to focus on their business, not their IT.

The major tasks for organizational CIOs at this point in time are numerous.

Organizational CIO’s need to rapidly create value by innovating and implementing technology solutions that are cost-effective and dependable.

Advice for budding technologists in the Red Hat space

Get knowledgeable about cloud, containers, “micro-services”, API management, and platform-as-a-service technologies. These technologies will be key drivers for transforming IT for the next few years.

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