Standard Operating Environment – Part I: Concepts and Structures

This article was originally posted on OpenSourceArchitects.org.

What is an SOE?

Modern IT departments face huge changes in the way they deploy and maintain servers. When I first entered the industry, UNIX, and hence Linux servers were in the parlance of cloud workloads, ‘pets’: few in number, lovingly tended machines that were individually configured and maintained by hand. They often ran many workloads at the same time (mail server, file server, database, shell accounts) on expensive hardware. A typical ratio of system administrators to servers might be 1:10 yet hardware costs, rather than labour, accounted for the greatest share of the IT department’s budget.

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Build your next cloud-based PaaS in under an hour

This post was originally published on the Red Hat Developers Blog.

The charter of Open Innovation Labs is to help our customers accelerate application development and realize the latest advancements in software delivery, by providing skills, mentoring, and tools. Some of the challenges I frequently hear from customers are those around Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment provisioning and configuration. This article is first in the series of articles that guide you through installation configuration and usage of the Red Hat Open Container Project (OCP) on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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A step-by-step tutorial for continuous integration with Jenkins for a Red Hat Mobile Native Android application: Part 1

The dramatic influx of mobile application development has driven many new innovations that make it easier than ever to create compelling, flexible, and secure  applications. This two-part series details my work done at Red Hat’s Open Innovation Labs to capture these mobile innovations in a useful, repeatable way. In part one of this two-part series, I break down the steps to create and unit test a native android application using Red Hat’s Mobile Application Platform. In part two, I show how Jenkins can be used to automate  continuous integration and unit testing of that Mobile app.

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Applying Continuous Delivery and DevOps Automation to Mobile Application Development

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs is a new offering committed to helping our customers accelerate innovation, and create the solutions that meet their business challenges. As mobile application development becomes an increasingly important function within companies, customers have been asking us for advice on how to best apply the principles of continuous delivery and DevOps to their mobile application development.This was particularly exciting to me. Red Hat already has great technology to support enterprise mobile. And at Labs, we have a fantastic platform for accelerating application delivery. Together, we had a great opportunity to combine our efforts and build a phenomenal, turnkey solution.

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Closing the gap between theory and practice

Increasingly, as customers look to optimize their systems, design new solutions, or integrate new technologies, they seek the guidance, practical advice, and deep expertise to introduce new solutions. Day in and day out, our consultants are called on to draw from their experience in the field — across industry, vertical, business size, and region  — to provide customers with the insights, practices, models, and plans that meet their needs and challenges.

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Containers as a (DevOps) cultural catalyst, a field-tested adoption program to begin

Containers signify a new  era of IT transformation — one that increasingly demands speed, agility, and transparency. But the path to realize the full value of containers can be complex because their implications are more than technical. Their inclusion impacts how people, across many different functions, may have traditionally understood their roles, and what they did in their roles (process).

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A Design Approach to Bridge DevOps and Business Automation: In case you missed last week’s webinar

Last week, we hosted a webinar on a design approach that marries advances in software advancement, microservices, and DevOps to the business automation space.

If you missed it, we put together some Q&A highlights. Be sure to check out the webinar on demand for more detail.

 

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