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!


Enterprise IT Infrastructure Predictions

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Today let’s look at findings from IDC’s FutureScape Study provided by IBM and see what enterprise IT infrastructure predictions they are making:

Enterprise IT Infrastructure Predictions:

  • 60–70% of Fortune 2000 companies will have at least one mission-critical workload that leverages real-time big data analytics versus batch analytics. This will drive a rise in the need for the performance of end-to-end NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) storage technology
  • By 2021, 50% of enterprise IT infrastructure will use some form of artificial intelligence to improve productivity and reduce costs. AI will also be used to predict infrastructure problems and failures to better help organizations manage risk and downtime
  • Increased growth in the use of autonomous self-managing infrastructure. The rise in automation will happen because of the expansion of AI to address the need for faster business innovation to stay competitive
  • In 2021, $60 billion will be spent on hybrid cloud data services for data backup and recovery, security, integration and orchestration and compliance. Enterprise IT will further tier and prioritize what data is most important to manage ever growing volumes, but as data spreads out it becomes more complex to manage. Hybrid cloud data services will provide the flexibility enterprises need
  • Over half of enterprises will deploy universal encryption on server infrastructure by 2021. IBM z14 brought enterprises the first pervasive encryption approach. With security threats increasing enterprise leaders will continue to be interested in adopting universal encryption
  • SD-WAN as a networking solution will become more main-stream as enterprises further embrace cloud computing solutions and continue on a path to edge computing. SD-WAN can enable faster provisioning while also improving efficiency and staff productivity

More data volume and the need to provide increasing real-time insights is driving storage solution and management changes and the continued rise in cloud.  Security threats are pushing companies to rethink how to best encrypt and protect, and AI is making enterprise IT infrastructure faster and smarter.  No matter where your business is, Evolving Solutions can help you manage these ever-changing waters, so your IT infrastructure can meet the needs of your industry and marketplace.

Trends in Enterprise IT

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Today let’s look at some current enterprise IT trends.  Check out these recent articles about enterprise mobile, IoT and software-defined storage.

Securing enterprise mobile

One enterprise IT trend that is not going away is the need to find better methods to secure mobile devices.  The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and corporate-owned-personally-enabled (COPE) approaches are here to stay, making enterprise mobile security an important focus in 2018. According to an article on ZDNet, enterprise IT is looking at new mobile security techniques to better secure data, such as isolation, machine learning and artificial intelligence technology. As this year comes to a close, be sure to review your enterprise mobile management solution to understand how your data and devices are protected.

Making IoT application clearer

From the news you can see that IoT is definitely an enterprise IT trend that has a lot of momentum, but in reality, technology and business leaders are still struggling to understand how IoT technology can be applied.  Network World reports that recent Forrester research can help companies integrate IoT better.  Forrester recommends these three approaches for applying IoT:

  • Use IoT to improve the design of new or existing products or systems
  • Use IoT to automate physical processes
  • Use third-party IoT data to improve services and products

This article is quick to point out that often times complexity is the killer or immobilizer of an IoT project.  These three approaches can help enterprise IT leaders hone in on a specific application of the technology that can benefit their organizations.

Software-defined storage gains momentum

Finally another enterprise IT trend is the increased adoption of software-defined storage (SDS). According to an article by IBM, the adoption of software-defined storage has been growing as IT leaders look to lower costs, automate processes and increase infrastructure flexibility.  Other reasons why enterprise IT is choosing SDS are environment based:

  • Today’s data is more unstructured and volume continues to grow
  • Traditional provisioning techniques are not working with current data use demands
  • More cloud use demands a storage solution that can work in many environments

If you would like to learn more about software-defined storage or speak about our enterprise mobile and IoT solutions, please contact our team.