Red Hat: Forging the Next Cloud Technology Milestone

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Mike Piech, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Storage and Data Services The ability to move an application, or its components, between public and private clouds without any middleware has made hybrid cloud environments a new standard in the DevOps space. Businesses can keep certain workloads on-premise and address inherent security, maintenance, and upgrade issues while minimizing network latency. Although hybrid cloud equips businesses with such unique benefits, in the coming days, businesses need to more wisely leverage cloud data for seamlessly designing, testing, and deploying portable and resilient applications to a production environment. To illustrate, in light of the digital realm becoming more intricate than ever, for instance—cross functioning componentized applications working on premise and on edge—it has become imperative for businesses to adopt DevOps best practices. The need of the hour is “facilitator” solutions that are capable of seamlessly managing databases and manipulating real-time data flow, in tune to cloud application development and deployment necessities.

Also, tackling the growing pressure of event-based computing, edge computing, and a significant amount of fleeting data has become a challenge for DevOps teams. In addition, collaboration is a key pain point for data stakeholders across the data lifecycle. Enabling deeper real-time collaboration is going to be key in winning the data war in the cloud.

To this end, Red Hat has enabled a consistent “Data Services” experience for customers across private cloud, and any number of public clouds. “Our mission is to make data safe and accessible to applications across the hybrid cloud, unlocking its power in new and impactful ways for the modern enterprise. As opposed to typical data-as-a-service model where data is delivered as an asset, the Data Services we offer enable customers to be able offer data-as-a-service to their internal and external stakeholders,” says Mike Piech, Vice President and General Manager at Red Hat’s recently constituted Cloud Storage and Data Services division and has previously led the company’s middleware business unit as a VP and GM for years.

The real focus of our go-to-market is containerized cloud environments using OpenShift

He has the instrumental expertise to help enterprises across the globe append the value proposition of the Data Services novelty into their cloud and DevOps initiatives.

The Need and Game-changing Potential of Data Services

Businesses today need the “instantaneous snapshot” of all the streams coming to applications to perform crucial calculations for meeting customer requests. So, actions have to be triggered based on continuous data flow without undergoing manual workflows.

Data Services will allow enterprise application developers to store, move, transform, and deal with data, and finally leverage it for essential purposes in a more efficient manner within the hybrid cloud environments.
Furthermore, Data Services render Kubernetes as the control plane for a lot more capabilities than just container orchestration. Crucial infrastructure management tasks, such as system management, network management, and storage housekeeping jobs that need uninterrupted attention on a rather continual basis, can be automated. This enables businesses to carry out DevOps at a faster rate, with much ease, and even eliminate downtime in their IT infrastructure by shrinking the application development workflows.

The Underlying Benefits of Data Services

Apart from opening up new possibilities of Kubernetes and supporting the performance and computing demands of today’s intricate and broadening digital realm, Red Hat’s Data Services is an excellent catalyst for going cloud native. For example, despite significantly investing in bare metal and virtualized environments, it can often be difficult for organizations to scale applications (or its development) and craft a cloud native container-based environment. The immense value proposition that Red Hat’s Data Services holds in this regard is that it facilitates applications to access multiple data sources most seamlessly, while drastically reducing the workload overhead on DevOps teams.
Data Services makes it easier for companies that are in the early stages of building cloud native architectures to readily leverage Red Hat cloud storage products (like OpenShift and Ceph) and make their DevOps teams utilize containers and hybrid cloud more effectively.

Data Services has been designed explicitly for OpenShift and Ceph users. Without a doubt, OpenShift, along with Red Hat’s flagship storage solution for modern data pipelines, Ceph, has enabled countless businesses to attain higher returns on their cloud investments and initiatives. Ceph, in particular, has been a stepping stone for organizations in their transition to the cloud. Later it proved to be a powerful add-on for OpenShift. Data Services can further enhance the capabilities of these solutions in multiple scenarios. "The real focus of our go-to-market is containerized cloud environments using OpenShift," says Piech.

"It Will Empower Enterprises to Design Applications with more Efficiency While Addressing Security Issues"

Data Services are also ideal for today’s data intensive tasks such as training machine learning (ML) models on the cloud. It helps developers train the ML models on the fly without configuring and setting up dedicated storage.

In effect, Data Services equips modern businesses with tremendous agility, efficiency, and capability to serve their clients better. It goes hand in hand with cloud storage technologies and optimizes DevOps operations by ensuring data portability and accessibility across all cloud environments.

Placing Enterprise Cloud in the Fast Lane

Piech further mentions, "Our data services enable both developers and operations folks to more easily and safely store, move, transform, respond to, and learn from enterprise data at scale in an open hybrid cloud environment. This can be a major accelerator for modernization and digital transformation."

Data Services truly reflects Red Hat’s broader vision to unlock the new potential of the containerized hybrid cloud environments and lead toward the futuristic DevOps practices. Piech believes that Data Services’ ability to support, enable, and ultimately accelerate the development of ML as a phenomenon within enterprise software development is tremendous. "It is exciting to see the promises of cloud computing and containers for agility, efficiency, and security really come to fruition for data. Data services are to storage what microservices are to application monoliths, and it's a whole new world," concludes Piech.

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Red Hat and Samsung Collaborate to Drive 5G Adoption with Kubernetes-Based Networking for Service Providers

RALEIGH, N.C. - Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced collaboration with Samsung to deliver 5G network solutions built on Red Hat OpenShift, the industrys most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, and will help service providers make 5G a reality across use cases, including 5G core, edge computing, IoT, machine learning and more.

It is important for telecommunications service providers to adopt a consistent horizontal cloud-native platform hardened for their environments. This telco cloud enables them to use the same infrastructure for multiple use cases and reduce management and operational expenses. According to a Red Hat-sponsored report from ACG Research, open horizontal platforms can lower total cost ownership (TCO) up to 30% when compared to siloed vertically integrated deployments of virtualized radio access networks (vRANs). By taking this horizontal approach, customers have access to more choice and better service.

This collaboration will utilize Red Hats proven hybrid cloud portfolio including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage. In addition, this collaboration will also utilize Samsungs 5G vRAN, vCore, MEC and management and analytics to help service providers extend 5G-based use cases, such as edge computing that can positively impact the customer experience.

The next wave of virtualization in 5G RANs

With this solution, service providers will be able to capitalize on the benefits of edge economics and vRAN. The Red Hat-sponsored ACG report found that using a common horizontal infrastructure in both 5G core and edge computing can enable operators to extend TCO benefits they gain in horizontal designs in the core throughout their infrastructure. Additionally, deploying horizontal clouds to vRAN sites enables operators to support new applications and services based on location awareness, reduced latency and scalability achievable in the distributed cloud.

Samsungs 5G solutions meet Red Hat OpenShift

Containerized network functions (CNFs) and virtualized network functions (VNFs) provide a path to transformation for modern telcos, leading to greater service flexibility and a faster delivery mechanism for new offerings. As such, Samsung received Red Hats vendor validated VNF Certification and plans to have full CNF Certification. This is the highest standard for mission-critical network functions on Red Hat OpenShift and verifies that CNF vendors with critical workloads today can effectively prepare their applications for a cloud-native future running in production on Red Hat OpenShift. Customers can more quickly achieve the full capabilities of 5G and edge computing with certified solutions.

Supporting Quotes

Wonil Roh, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics

We are pleased to collaborate with Red Hat to help service providers stay competitive in this increasingly demanding global 5G market, especially on the cloud-native front. Through this partnership, Samsung 5G solutions will provide a highly efficient and reliable network experience for our customers by integration with Red Hats cloud-native solution.

Chris Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat

As service providers build 5G networks, they are forming the foundation for the next wave of cross-industry innovation. From helping businesses in their edge computing solutions to ensuring enterprises can successfully deploy their artificial intelligence and machine learning applications, we expect these services to be built on a proven, cloud-native infrastructure. Were very excited to work with Samsung to bring this Kubernetes-driven solution to help service providers and their customers focus on complex and competitive use cases across the enterprise to every industry.

Siemens Improves Communication Security with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

German technology company automates public key infrastructure with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to help secure communications and Internet-of-Things solutions

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Siemens, a global technology company, has adopted Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to modernize its public key infrastructure. With Ansible Automation Platform, Siemens is now able to automate administrative tasks, help increase configuration quality, and help improve communication security throughout the company.

Siemens AG is an international technology group focusing on electrification - from power generation, transmission, and distribution to smart grid solutions and the efficient application of electrical energy - as well as the areas of medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics. Given the sensitive nature of its business, staying at the forefront of security technology is a top priority at Siemens. In order to reliably protect access to confidential information, Siemens’ 295,000 employees and 100,000 employees from its business partners use public key infrastructures (PKIs), checking the certificates and identity of public keys.

Siemens increasingly uses PKIs to secure Internet-of-Things (IoT) communication, and now maintains two PKI environments for different application use cases. Additionally, communication between service teams within the organization is expanding. These changes have created configuration complexity and increased workloads for Siemens’ PKI team. To support this demand, Siemens replaced its legacy automation solution with Ansible Automation Platform.

Red Hat Consulting provided Siemens with implementation support to help ensure that using the PKI environment would be more secure and efficient. Siemens worked with Red Hat architects and consultants to learn how to write Infrastructure-as-Code, embrace continuous integration practices, and test playbooks, so that hardening measures would be written in Ansible. While Siemens’ PKI team previously spent hours manually searching for unintended changes to its environment configuration, it has now avoided configuration drifts by deploying most changes as code using Ansible Automation Platform.

Siemens uses Ansible Playbooks to independently implement and remove development environments where necessary, as well as automatically install and test PKI software versions before publication. Along with the automation of manual administrative tasks, Siemens benefits from improved configuration quality and stronger communication security throughout the company. In the near future, Siemens plans to work with Red Hat to explore automating testing processes, with the ultimate goal to establish a common blueprint for continuous deployment.

Supporting Quotes

Robert Lindner, country manager Germany, Red Hat

“The Siemens PKI team impressed us with their dedication to delivering automation best-practices, and we are happy to have collaborated closely to enable their workforce to take advantage of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to help them scale automation while improving operational efficiency and reducing risks. The PKI group at Siemens have shown how a highly motivated team can quickly implement Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate manual management tasks and improve communication security throughout the company helping save both time and money, freeing up the business to focus on shaping the next generation of industrial technologies.”

Rufus Buschart, head of public key infrastructure (PKI), Siemens

“We are very happy that we chose Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. We have been able to count on support from experts at Red Hat through face-to-face workshops, which helped provide our engineers with a deeper understanding of the automation tools and processes, so that they could more quickly and successfully utilize the technology. This is especially important since infrastructure-as-code with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is more than the introduction of a new tool – it requires a fundamental change in the mindset of system administrators. Whenever we need Red Hat, they’re there for us, and our vision is to work together to develop a best practice platform for automation to optimise efficiency and innovation of our organization.”

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Mike Piech, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Storage and Data Services

Offers the novel Data Services, which the company’s broader vision to unlock the new potential of the containerized hybrid cloud environments and lead toward the futuristic DevOps practices

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