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Red Hat Summit 2019

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By Liz Young, Marketing Coordinator

Our team checked out the Red Hat Summit 2019 in Boston and came back with some amazing thoughts about the future of IT.  As a technically-focused event, it came as no surprise that there were plenty of quality technical sessions to choose from and the Evolving Solutions team took advantage of the opportunity to learn from thought leaders.

The theme for the event this year was “Expand” and it focused on bringing value of not just open source, but open culture to promote more innovation by organizations. The appearance of Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft) alongside James Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO, on stage was a coupling for the decade and something which even just two years ago seemed highly unlikely.  This was all incredibly appropriate considering the notable joint announcements between Red Hat and Microsoft throughout the summit, highlighting their growing relationship, which is largely driven by customer demand.

Of course, the pending IBM acquisition of Red Hat was a common side topic. IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty’s comments during the keynote remarking that Red Hat would continue to operate as a separate entity drew enthusiastic support from all in attendance.

On a deeper and more technical note, we learned that Microsoft Azure is now supporting Red Hat OpenShift, which is a big deal for heavy Azure shops who want to do more with OpenShift, the market leader in Cloud Platform for DevOps.  This article shares the pertinent details of this new revelation.

Also announced was the General Availability of a new version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), version 8.  There was more great content and deep technical information about Red Hat’s market-leading Kubernetes platform, OpenShift, as well.

Overall, Red Hat is positioning themselves as the go-to enterprise operating system in the data center and in hybrid cloud.  They have dramatically improved their automation and orchestration across the data center and in the cloud and can manage virtual and physical environments.  With our own hybrid cloud vision, we’ll be working with Red Hat closely in the coming months with keen interest on what they can bring to our clients.

If you want to know more about this information or anything else pertaining to the Summit, your data center, or anything else that’s on your mind, we’d be happy to chat.  Feel free to reach out to your account executive or our team and we’d be happy to chat!