Satellite 6 Maintenance Mode

Have you ever found yourself in the position where you have an issue with your Satellite or, maybe you just need to do something to it and you don’t want to be interrupted while doing so? I’m sure all of us have tried to rectify this by sending out emails to nicely ask people not to login or use the environment. How well did that work for you? I know it never worked well for me. Well, I’m happy to say that we now have a better solution, maintenance mode.

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Red Hat Consulting: Provisioning with Red Hat Satellite 6

Satellite is Red Hat’s content management, provisioning, configuration management, and lifecycle management solution to help keep your infrastructure running efficiently and more securely while reducing costs and overall complexity. Regardless of your what your environment looks like, you can benefit from the configuration management capabilities that Satellite provides. In this short video, we discuss machine provisioning, one of the most popular features of Satellite 6, and demonstrate the Satellite provisioning workflow:

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Automation at scale with Ansible Tower: Challenges and considerations around the automation directive

Many organisations realise that automation is the key to success for maintaining multiple applications, servers, networks, and teams. While the overall concept of automation is easy to grasp, implementing automation requires a set of tools and governance to ensure maintainability and extendibility of not only the automation but the entire IT environment. Here are a few examples of why a defined set of tools and process governance is needed:

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Red Hat Consulting: Integrating CloudForms and Ansible to enhance your workflows

Regardless of what your environment looks like, you need a way to centrally manage, expand, and update workflows to meet business needs. In this short video, we discuss the integration of CloudForms and Ansible, and the benefits this orchestration duo provides for workflow management in your cloud environment.

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Unified IT Management

In a recent Red Hat-commissioned study to understand how unified IT management can enable efficiency and operations of heterogeneous IT environments, seven companies utilizing Red Hat CloudForms were interviewed. From these interviews IDC calculated that the companies in question would realize benefits with an average value of $11,937 per 100 users per year over a span of five years. This average value would then result in a return on investment of 436 percent. The companies were able to deliver their returns based on a 92 percent reduction in staff-time per delivery service request, and from this reduction in manual time productivity was increased. How they did it is discussed below:

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Enable agility with infrastructure-as-code

The Cloud Age

In the olden days of ‘yore, when anyone wanted a new server they would embark on a ritual that would involve everything from ordering the physical server from a supplier to provisioning the server after installation. This process would involve multiple time-consuming indirect actions, and could take up to months. Have you ever seen one of those American TV ads where some distressed person in an irrational amount of agony is shown as an example of a pain point? Yeah? Well, it was kinda like that.

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Architecting your cloud for maximum flexibility

According to Gartner, Cloud Computing has been growing at 4.5 times the rate of IT spending each year since 2009. This trend is only expecting to become more exaggerated, as cloud computing is expected to grow at more than six times the rate of IT spend through the year 2020. New trends like containerization and serverless architectures are in essence cloud computing trends, and as the world becomes more connected, users are demanding everything in a software defined way. We expect everything to come to us in the form of IoT applications or services that all need to run in a cloud environment. In fact, the creation of data from IoT devices is increasing more than ever as the cloud continues to expand; By 2025, it is predicted that more than 80 billion IoT devices will be online, creating over 180 zettabytes of data, much of which will be in the cloud. With the ever increasing in popularity of the cloud, comes the needs to define your cloud strategy with flexibility in mind, to meet any new demands.

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