Posts Tagged ‘Red Hat’

Second day at the EMEA Red Hat partner Summit

2011/06/13

So time to go back to the keynotes again !

Paul Cormier, eVP of Products and Technolopgies at Red Hat, started with a bit of IT history (’80 locked with Dec and Sun, ’90 locked with Microsoft, ’00 Open Source with Red Hat, ’10 Red Hat Cloud) then we went on explaining the Fedora community and linkage to RHEL, as well as JBoss and RHEV foundations. And Cloud foudation (with Cloud Forms and Open Shift as seen yesterday). I’d have expect a bit more of content on the Cloud aspects at Red Hat and its infrastructure.

Jean Staten Healy of IBM then did its yearly advertising campain again with their now famous 1B$ dedicated to Linux… in 2001 ! Ok, to be fair she also mentioned a lot KVM and the Open Virtualization Alliance whose HP is also a governing member. Of course take it with a grain of salt, as I’m working for a compettor, but I was really not impressed.

St Boniface was the starting part of the next talk of Ron Tolido of Cap Gemini, as an evangelist. OSL evangelism shouldn’t be needed anymore (being concretely in front of customers regularly, believe me this is just plain wrong and still has to happen !!).
Cloud has the same issue for him. His talk is on benchmark and the economics of total open source and the cloud. He was involved in Business Technology Agora sessions, which goal is to understand what business expects from IT. Business want to spend more budget on the higest part of the stack rather than on what he calls the invisible infrastructure which is for him boring (again, that’s probably I’m not a business consultant 😉 as I strongly disagree here again !).
All in all, no more IT engineers are needed and you “just” need to glue FLOSS components to have a great IIT. He was the one who bought the dog from Joel Berman joke on the IT consultant !!

I think it’s really a pity today to have such attitude to bash the guys who make the IT run really. Because at the end of the day, when it’s not working, who do you call ? Your favorite call center (where ever it happens to be ?) or your beloved system engineer (if you still happen to have one around to help you) ?

So I was quite happy to be able to have a pause with the Drum Café afterwards, which allowed us to beat on something at least 😉 Best part of the morning definitely !

We then had a very interesting meeting with Werner Knoblich, Gus Robertson and Robert Eiselt in order to sync up on our joint HP, Intel and Red Hat activities.

Some booth duty was planed for the luch period, before I attended a Lab on cgroups.
This is a technology which was really needed for Linux, when compared to other enterprise Unices. But the way it has been developed and integrated make it very powerful, and one of the most promising, probably after SELinux and IPtables. The ability to control resources used by what ever process is fine grained and gives lots of power to the administrator to avoid abuses, limit consumption, … up to the creation of containers !

I was not able to attend the whole Lab, due to another important snc meeting we had with the
Red Hat Regional managers (Phil Andrews, Franz Meyer, Brian Cornell). Very intereting as well. Then after some booth duty again, we delivered our first session, which was attended by some 30 persons and after that it was time to move on to the sponsor dinner and we had again some more interesting discussions with people from Nimbula and Red Hat which ended up very late during the night.

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First day at the Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit

2011/06/11

Arrived in Dublin the 5th of June at 6:00PM local time for the Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit 2011, we did the booth setup with my colleague and friend Arnaud Meurant in less than 1 hour with a demo DL 980 G7 unit and a working DL 380 G6 with RHEL 6.1, KVM and SR-IOV demos thanks to Intel Gigabit cards that my other colleague and friend Jean-Marc Andre had build up.

We then attended the keynote sessions of the evening.

Petra Heinrich VP Partners and Alliances EMEA for Red Hat said, not without humour, that the sun was now declining and clouds coming, as usual during the Red Hat Partner Summit !
Red Hat’s own Ronan Kirby then made a presentation of Ireland and Old Ireland explaining the mixed origins of the country (Celts, Vivkings, Normans, Brits, …).
He metioned the 960 multinationals employing 138000 people in R&D and IT.(compared to the 4 Million people in the country)

Joel Berman, VP Global Field Marketing, introduced the ecosystem of partners (16 sponsors helped make that event happened). And this year HP was Gold sponsor for the first time !
Joel always make a very relax but still very professionnal introduction to sessions (not counting some ecellent jokes on the IT world). One sentence I noted from his first speech about Cloud was: “You don’t call it fog computing because marketing guy are not that stupid”.

Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO, then made the keynote, starting by showing how new communication means are supporting the movement in Egypt, Tunisia, … People are looking for transparency and accountability. Social changes are driving the political changes. Where and how innovation occurs has changed.

He underlined that there is Way too much hyper around cloud. It’s a paradigm shift as large as moving from the mainframe to client server. Cloud is important due to the fact it is a user driven innovation. At Google, Facebook, … Open Source helped users made what they wanted. No vendor was doing that. And they can’t control it. And no one knows where it goes.

One of the area supported by cloud is collaboration. Engineers of Google, Facebook share technologies. They first need to improve techno, doing what is right, before fighting with each other.
Then it’s transparency. The wining model is the best architecture of participation. Not only the best technologists. Red Hat doesn’t need to have everything at hands, but the right relationships to create technology that will solve users problems.
Finally choice. From CIO’s perspective paying up front to hope it works is painful. So they feel locked and frustrated. Each provider will have to show where they bring value.

All these points are also qualities of Open Source.
In a world of cloud the HyperVisor is becoming more important than the OS (as it was before). And the choice is not feature/functionality but whether we create the next Microsoft, or favour collaboration around open alternatives allowing a vibrant ecosystem.
Apps need to be written once and run on every cloud, not locked on one.

Jim did a very enlightening talk, which is bringing a real vision, and not only a bunch of empty statements. I think his contribution to make Red Hat a successful company was visible to everybody attending.

Scott Crenshaw, VP Cloud BU at Red Hat, then took over. For him, this year Cloud will move from PoC to production. However customer do not have more budget (+4% max) so yhey’ll move money from old SW to cloud SW. Red Hat is here to help their partners winning business and money in the change.
He then presented CLoudForms (IaaS) and OpenShift (PaaS) and the Open Virtualization Alliance whose HP is a governing member.
Scott then promoted cloud as lowering cost and transforming IT speed and agility.
Technology issues are much simpler in cloud than the political and cultural (buying online instead of internaly). Cloud also presents threats to xSP (disintermediation, pre-built solution reducing need of integrators). Red Hat commitment is to help partners becoming expoerts so they are the one in front of their customers. Because partners already know their customers, especially around verticals solutions.

I found it was difficult to come after Jim to speak again of cloud, where he put the bar very high while here we were back to more classical concepts and content. I was lucky enough to also be introduced afterwards more precisely into CloudForms and OpenShfit, so I know now what is behind, which wasn’t completely the case after this presentation.

Then after multiple interactions on the HP/Intel booth till 11:00PM, it was time to go back to hotel and finish the presentation for the day after 😉

Meeting at HP Discover Las Vegas

2011/05/31

The week of the 5th of June will be quite intense on my side. Departing the 5th afternoon to start working at the EMEA Red Hat Partner Summit during 3 days. Then even before the end of it, flying to Las Vegas on the 8th of June to be at the end of that day at the HP Discover event. I’ll then deliver a session on our Migration Roadmap from RISC to Linux on Thursday. And on Friday I’ll go on with 2 sessions, one on our joint HP+Intel+Red Hat Open Source Solutions Initiative and one on MondoRescue.

Even if it’ll be dense, as I also have additional meetings planed around, I’d be happy to meet with anyone wanting to discuss Linux at HP, Open Source in general, some of the projects I’m involved in, or early music 😉 But you’ll have to do that before Saturday as I’m leaving back to Europe.

Meeting at the Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit

2011/05/20

For those of you around at the Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit in Dublin 5-8th of June, HP will be Gold sponsor of the event ! And thus I’ll be around to present what we are doing in term of RISC to HP ProLiant/Xeon/RHEL migrations, and also to explain a customer reference in a KVM Virtualization Data Center context.

So you may meet with me on the HP/Intel booth to speak of that, or MondoRescue, Project-Builder.org, , LinuxCOE, FOSSology or whatever Open Source and/or HP related topic you would like to discuss !

Hope to see you there soon. The next opportunity will be for US folks during the HP Discover event, the same week, in Las vegas. But that’s another story coming later on 😉

Attending Open World Forum

2010/09/14

For those of you who would like to meet to discuss contibuous packaging and project-builder.org, disaster recovery and MondoRescue.org, deployment and LinuxCOE.org, Linux at HP, Mandriva community, HP.Intel/Red Hat partnership or what ever other topic, feel free to touch base with me during the Open Source Think Tank and Open World Forum between the 28th of September and 1st of October 2010 in Paris.

The EMEA Red Hat Partner Summit in Valencia

2010/04/11

Long time, no write. Well was really busy on all sides. One is indeed preparing HP/Intel presence at the upcoming EMEA Red Hat Partner Summit in Valencia. I’ll present our joint HP, Intel and red Hat initiative called Open Source Solutions initiative which is keeping me busy at work. This time no speak about Mondo Rescue or Project-Builder.org, for once, but more about Solaris to RHEL migration (which is linked with the later btw), usage of RHEL on HP ProLiant, …

But if some of you plan to attend, I’d be happy to meet face to face and exchange ideas. And if you do not plan to attend, you should 😉 Last year it was a very interesting event, bringing me back years ago when the IT industry was still full of ideas, innovation, dynamic, … Our friends at Red Hat still know how to organize nice events, reward their resellers, and stimulate their eco-system. Look forward attending again in one month from now.

RHCE: A certification which matters

2009/06/16

When I was working for Medasys, I had the opportunity to pass a certain number of certifications around HP technologies we were distributing, and that were mandatory to be at the right level of agreement with HP. It was back in 1995-1999 and those certs were all MCQ based. Nothing fancy, and even of some of them were still hard to get (requiring knowledge outside of the training, so showing a larger ability of the certified person), by attending correctly the course, and reading documents, it was normal that you got them.

Last week, I had the opportunity to pass the RHCE training and exam (RH300) as part of the joint initiative I’m leading between HP/Intel and Red Hat in EMEA for our Solution Center. And I was extremely surprised by both the quality of the content (even someone like me having 16 years of LInux behind himself learnt some new options and commands – partprobe !) and also by the clever troubleshooting session of the last training day. Of course, I can not speak in detail of the RHCE exam in itself (due to NDA), but would just like to comment on the fact that the Lab (as it’s only Lab based) truly reflects day to day activities of an Internet connected sysadmin, is a real proof of the abilities of such a sysadmin (doing the amount of work asked in 3,5 hours requires good real knowledge) and I really enjoyed passing it, instead of filling boring ambiguous MCQ !

So well done Red Hat, you convinced me of your training capabilities, and that the value of that certification is indeed real. So I’m now looking at the rest of the cursus to become RHCA, but that’s another story …