by Justin Hayes (Red Hat)
Like many organizations, Red Hat Consulting constantly seeks ways to eliminate organizational inefficiencies in our business operations. These inefficiencies typically deal with how our consultants are trained on cutting edge technologies, how our sales force demonstrates product capabilities to our customers and prospects, and how our technical groups request operational environments (virtual machines, platforms, etc.)
To attack this problem, a team of architects and consultants set out to design, implement, and operationalize a system that will reduce these inefficiencies. This system is called the Red Hat Innovation Center (RHIC). Its vision is twofold:
1. To demonstrate Red Hat products’ features and capabilities through a solutions-oriented approach based on real world use cases.
2. To enable our consultants to quickly and efficiently learn our technologies by lowering the barriers to entry to internal training.
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by Guy Martin (Red Hat)
The holiday decorations are now (hopefully) put away, and fond memories of merriment from the past month or so are behind us. All that remains now is the time-honored tradition of the New Year’s Resolution. This should not surprise most of you, but the perennial favorite is usually a combination of ‘lose weight, eat healthier, get in better shape.’ Pondering my own resolutions to continue on a healthier path got me thinking about what it means to get your company in ‘Open Source Shape.’
There are many parallels to successfully getting yourself in better physical shape and getting your company started on the right foot to more successful and productive use of open source. Let’s take a look at a few of these examples below, pulling some lessons from the exercise world that you can apply in your enterprise.
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by Malcolm Herbert (Red Hat)
The post below originally appeared here on November 22, 2012.
A comparison between enterprise IT and public cloud computing dramatically highlights the benefits of moving to cloud.
Application deployment times can shrink from weeks in the traditional data centre to minutes in a cloud data centre; new application development time accelerates from years to weeks (or months at most); cost per virtual machine plummets from dollars to cents; server administrator ratios can explode from 20:1 to 300:1; while efficiency increases, with resource utilisation soaring from 20% to 75%.
With measurable benefits like these, it’s no wonder that IDC expects that by 2015 the majority of the enterprise market will require integrated hybrid cloud management capabilities (Source: IDC Cloud Management Study, 2011 Survey).
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by Satish Irrinki (Red Hat)
It’s a truism that adopting open source software (OSS) reduces costs, but that’s not all. Let’s make a deeper dive into the business value of adopting OSS and uncover how the adoption provides immense value at multiple levels of an organization. The value proposition for OSS can be attributed to three groups within an organization – Technical Buyers, Business Buyers, and Economic Buyers.
Technical buyers can be best described as the line managers who are operating under stringent budgets to do more with fewer resources. As a result they aim to reduce costs and increase efficiencies within their operating units. In a bid to increase their resources utilizations, the technical buyers seek to increase reliability and flexibility in their operations. To achieve these goals they use systems that are reliable, adhere to standard specifications, and low in cost.
The high level of collaboration and contribution within the OSS development model accelerates the number of features that typical open source software provides. Availability of source code allows the adopters to make custom changes and tailor the software for specific needs. The ability to reuse software components across the organization (develop once and use within multiple systems) reduces the unit cost of development. These virtues of OSS mesh well with the goals of technical buyers and make OSS a viable option when making technology decisions.
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by Pete Hnath (Red Hat)
Learning is a continuous process throughout a career. It can be a challenge to get away from the “day job” to attend a week of training. Traditional eLearning is fine for some things, but its not a good fit for IT professionals who expect a robust lab environment and don’t care for Flash animations. Ideally, a self-paced training program would deliver the quality of experience they get from a traditional class, but on their own schedule.
Red Hat Training has just launched a new self-paced training offering called Red Hat Online Learning (ROLE) that we believe does just that. Red Hat Online Learning features a true lab environment delivered via the Amazon cloud, enabling students to complete the same labs they would in a traditional classroom. The course content is based closely on our coursebooks which have been extended into a more narrative format appropriate for self-study. To deliver the insights a student would typically get from the instructor, each Red Hat Online Learning course includes dozens of recorded screencasts, produced by former senior Red Hat instructors. Together, the labs, course materials and screencasts provide a robust, multi-faceted learning experience that is as close to the classroom experience as we could get.
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by Larry Spangler (Red Hat)
Lately, I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of buzz about “operational efficiency.” As some see it, Operational Efficiency is basically the idea of doing more with less–if you can define and follow processes you can achieve repeatable outcomes with reduced error. Automate that, and you have a means to extend the reach of the individual IT operator while decreasing the effort and time required to build systems. It’s a straightforward value proposition that Red Hat has been touting and delivering for years with standardized operating environments (SOEs) and management tools like Red Hat Network Satellite and JBoss Operations Network.
But there’s evolution afoot here from the classic “operational” sense to one that is more expansive and higher purposed. The basics of SOE and management tools are now being used not only to define and develop repeatable infrastructure, they’re being leveraged with other tools like virtualization, IaaS, and PaaS to deliver on-demand capabilities. The key being that the focus is shifting from how to get the most out of your resource investment, to how to effectively and efficiently instantiate, use, and release systems for true on-demand capabilities.
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The following post was authored by Pete Durst, instructor and director of technology at ExitCertified, a Red Hat Training partner with locations throughout the United States and Canada. Delivering training since 1991, Pete was named Red Hat FY12 architect-level instructor of the year for North America, and recently became a Red Hat Certified Architect, the highest level of certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are Pete’s.
Many years ago, when I first became aware of the different Red Hat certifications, I thought nothing of what it meant to be an RHCT or RHCE. These appeared to be similar to other vendor’s certifications, like Sun’s SCSA and SCNA, and had similar value to me. Upon further investigation, it became apparent that while those certifications were gained through online testing methods that used multiple-choice questions and fill-in-the-blank essays, Red Hat used hands on, practical testing. It’s one thing to say that you know how to do something and it’s another to prove that you know how to use it, by actually setting up a server and making it perform as expected.
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by Guy Martin (Red Hat)
“Open source is scary!”
“How can something ‘open’ be secure?”
“Won’t using open source in my products mean I have to give away my IP?”
These are all examples from real-world conversations with both external and internal stakeholders during my career as a developer and consultant. There are many more such examples, which I previously built into a blog titled Top 10 Signs Your Enterprise Doesn’t ‘Get’ Open Source. The good news is that with the emergence of Linux, Apache, JBoss and other important open source technologies, we don’t hear these kinds of things as often. The bad news is, there are still quite a few industries and companies where these fears are the norm.
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