Communities of practice: Straight from the open source

Every solution starts with sharing a problem. At Red Hat, when we talk about “open source,” we’re talking about a proven way of collaborating to create technology. The freedom to see the code, to learn from it, to ask questions and offer improvements. This is the open source way. However, bringing together people in your organization to collaborate is often easier said than done.

At Red Hat, we’ve created “Communities of Practice” (CoP) to help our own people collaborate, especially on new and emerging technologies–including automation.

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UFCG’s students build open source skills with Red Hat Academy

Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), a public university in Brazil, has a rich history of providing its students with a vast knowledge of open source skills. For over 15 years, this university has been a prominent OpenStack community contributor globally with more than 150,000 lines of developed code and 30 individual contributors. The university is also contributing to the ManageIQ community as well.

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Start learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4 through Early Access

The pace of innovation has shortened expectations for time to market, placing pressure on IT teams to keep up with the rate of change. Organizations need just-in-time, prescriptive resources to enable their teams to leverage innovation to solve business problems. The Red Hat Learning Subscription (RHLS) delivers unlimited, on-demand, modular access to Red Hat’s entire training portfolio including cloud based labs for a full year. The Early Access feature of RHLS enables subscribers to learn from real-time publishing of courses and labs currently in development.

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OpenShift Single Sign On (SSO)

I have been asked, tasked, and dropped in by parachute on an extraordinary number of occasions recently to answer questions about, and implement solution for, Single Sign On (SSO) to OpenShift Container Platform. These conversations can start in multiple ways:

 

  • How do I do SSO to OpenShift?
  • How do I integrate OpenShift with my existing SAML identity provider?
  • How do I log into OpenShift with my PIV and PIN?

 

The goal of all of these questions is typically the same and all have the same answer. Organizations typically have an existing SAML based identity provider they use for single sign on, and in the case of many, especially government, organizations the identity is provided by the user via a PIV and PIN.

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Deploying AMQ 7.2 Streams on OpenShift

This post was originally published on the ETI blog here.

Today I was given the challenge of providing Kafka as a service to multiple development teams in a way that was consistent and could be managed easily. There are a number of challenges to this, from how do you provision the service request through to when the thing is running, how does it get monitored or upgraded.

Kafka is a streaming tool designed to be a highly available and scalable platform for building pipelines for your data and is used by many companies in production.

I wanted to deploy the ability to manage Kafka centrally, so an operator deployed once, centrally to provide Kafka as a service to development teams was a natural fit. It means that developers are able to quickly service their own needs and the central Cloud team stays off their critical path and can focus on providing platform features, not servicing individual requests.

The cleanest way to provide this type of centrally managed service is to deploy Kafka using an operator. Even though operators are only recently starting to be adopted, I was not disappointed to discover that the Strimzi project gives us a way to do this.  I won’t cover what operators are in this article, but if you’d like to find out more about them, take a look at this blog post. There is also a set of training scenarios available on katacoda.

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Floating Kwaaaay with Podman and systemd

This post was originally published on the ETI blog here.

Red Hat Quay, (or Kwaaaay as my US colleagues pronounce it), is a Container Registry originally from the guys at CoreOS, who were recently purchased by Red Hat. A container registry plays a pivotal role in a successful container strategy, making it simple for developers and administrators to store, manage, distribute and deploy container images across their container platforms, be that on a laptop, standalone server or a distributed solution like Kubernetes.

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Red Hat as a Catalyst for the Learner Community

Most of us have been in a position when you felt you were ready to take on the next step. Maybe, you were in the final year of your college studies; maybe, you are a self-taught developer, or administrator. In either case, there comes a time where you feel ready to pounce, ready to take on real-world challenges. You send out CVs, you start networking, you talk to people. Some offers have already fled, you see, for they were never within your reach. Other offers are on the table, but you are not completely sure of them. What’s more, they are not completely sure of you, either.

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