Training To Technology: Staying Ready with Red Hat

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certainly get to do a lot of fun things in my job, but this is easily one of my favorites: Training to Technology.  When and where appropriate I get fully mobile and take to the railsamtrak train, traveling by train to personally meet with global cloud computing and open source leaders in their respective technology hot spots. 

Wireless connectivity and moving from hub to hub across a network of track, the freedom of train travel is a soft parallel to the mobility of enterprise and personal data and a prescient reminder of our technological past. There is just something uniquely invigorating and figuratively tying to me about rail travel, a primary technology that propelled the world out of an agrarian society, into today's technologies that speed us away from an industrial one. 

These are my travels to #trackdowntech: rail-rolling into cityscapes with aspiring, upward scrapers and sprawling, urbanic centers that were either built upon technology to start with, or are re-minting themselves in a modern technology era remake. 


Today, we are training down from Baltimore, MD to visit with Red Hat in their global HQ in Raleigh, NC.  The point of this tracking down technology is to meet directly with our Partner Channel Team and to get an overview and roadmap on the current state of OpenStack offerings at Red Hat.

amtrak's baltimore penn stationAmtrak's Beautiful Baltimore Penn Station

Here are the three main takeaways I picked up as news & noteworthy while at Red Hat today:

1Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 RHEL 7 is purpose-built to work on 4 platforms: Bare metal servers, virtual machines (VM), OpenStack-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) clouds

2OpenStack™ & Red Hat Tightly integrated with RHEL 7 for High Availability

3Revamped Customer & Partner Portals The new-look Portals for Customers and Partners are a major upgrade 


There are some major technology moves underfoot, and being constantly at the ready within my consultancy is a daunting task. We arrived on-campus at Red Hat at a really interesting juncture; several key pieces in the Red Hat portfolio are making their market entries, and served as prime motivators for my being here.  Helping us stay at the ready, each will provide business-critical application in our cloud consultancy going forward.


This is a major, major play by Red Hat imo... RHEL 7 is not just the latest revisions of a super operating system, it's a system that is highly purpose-built for cloud. By implementing Dockerized technologies baked-in, Red Hat is very serious about supporting container-style virtualization. I don't usually foam at the mouth over operating systems, but... I think I need a glass of water; RHEL 7 is a big-time move, in all the right directions.


Red Hat plays many roles in this arena already, thanks to the widespread use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the OpenStack cloud platform. A new installer, new dashboard UI and live upgrades are worthy notations, but most appealing from my vantage is that Red Hat's OpenStack Platform 5 is now fully integrated with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add-On, to support highly available environments for customer deployments. This means that a cloud infrastructure can now be set up so that if one of its controller nodes fails (for example, because its host goes down), the machine can be brought back up and no data is lost (protection against single point of failure). 


I spend a lot of time within partner and support forum portals and can typically separate the oil from the water of good vs bad, within my first two minutes of touching them.  Some are designed well and are effective tools while others are a business afterthought and barely functional, with little in-between. I've had considerable trouble at times with Red Hat's portals, but the remake seems to be addressing where my old complaints now lie hollow: links to information that no longer exist have been removed or, more appropriately, redirected; contradicting, and often conflicting, product naming conventions have been more tightly aligned.  The UI is also a major advance; professional, sleek and easily navigable. Nice upgrades!

Yes, each of these three areas we worked through with Red Hat today are worthy of a much lengthier breakout than what I've provided here; I will amend, forthcoming. Today was a great opportunity taken to directly engage Red Hat with two of their flagship product offerings, and their support extensions for each of them.  Our Red Hat relationship has our consultancy, and resultantly our end-clients, fully at the ready to deal with today's business challenges.  While much more detail from our meeting here in Raleigh on the above is necessary, one thing is undeniably clear: Red Hat is highly committed to staying on top of their open source game. 


Technology is a moving target; to succeed, traditional business models will simply not get it done.  In our new world of work, the mobility of data requires freedom of choice in our technology decisions within a constant state of readiness.  Our strategic choice in partnership with Red Hat positions CONSULTED with market leading open source innovation and commitment. Thanks to Amtrak for the transport, and for having me in on campus at HQ, Red Hat!

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