Red Hat Summit 2021 – A Hybrid Future With Managed Cloud Services

Since its takeover by IBM, Red Hat continues to grow its influence and share in the global cloud market. With the hybrid cloud being the future most organisations desire, Red Hat continues to deliver what their customers want.

In his keynote address at Red Hat Summit 2021, Paul Cormier, CEO of Red Hat spoke about some of the key announcements during the summit. They included:

  • New capabilities for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

  • The expansion of its open hybrid cloud technology portfolio with new managed cloud services.

  • Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus, a new edition of the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform designed to provide a holistic solution to help customers adopt DevSecOps across the entirety of the hybrid cloud. 

  • Delivering a functional-safety certified, evolving Linux operating system for the automotive industry in collaboration with exida, a leader in functional safety across multiple industries. This operating system will be designed for continuous updates throughout its lifecycle while still retaining crucial functional safety certifications. 

  • Red Hat Insights, its predictive analytics offering, across the open hybrid cloud with the launch of Red Hat Insights for Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and with expanded capabilities for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

Paul also highlighted issues on neutrality together with IBM CEO Arvind Krishna. As there have been concerns that IBM has an upper hand as they own Red Hat, both CEOs made it clear that Red Hat has to work with everyone. Neutrality is essential to take everything happening in open-source and keep the community as open as possible.

“Clients have realised that hybrid is the destination. They are going to use multiple clouds as well as private clouds. You need to work with all hyperscalers. This is the promise of hybrid”, said Arvind.

Managed Cloud Services

Interestingly, as businesses continue to expand the use of technology, the concerns over the lack of skills become a reality as well. Today, there is just not enough skillsets available to meet the demands of modern applications that are being adopted by organisations.

To address this new reality, customers and partners want flexibility in how they adopt technologies to deliver any application, anywhere, without additional overhead or complexity. These foundational cloud services shift operational responsibility and support to Red Hat and enable customers to build next-generation applications with a focus on distributing data and enabling API-driven access to it. The new services include:

  • Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, designed to make it easier to create, discover and connect to real-time data streams regardless of where they exist.

  • Red Hat OpenShift Data Science to offer organisations a way to more rapidly develop, train and test machine-learning (ML) models and export in a container-ready format.

  • Red Hat OpenShift API Management which accelerates time to value and reduces the operational cost of delivering API-first, microservices-based applications.

Red Hat and APAC

In a separate media session, Frank Feldmann, Vice President, APAC Technology Office, Red Hat highlighted some of the key areas and concerns in the region and how Red Hat is helping businesses with them. Among them are the concerns in cybersecurity which is not only a big issue in the APAC region but the whole world.

“Security is absolutely on the top of the mind for CIOS. But as you look at how customers develop this trusted software supply chain, you do not want anyone to inject anywhere in the software supply chain malicious bits and such. We looked at that from a Kubernetes application development and deployment perspective and made the StackRox acquisition. We have now put that product into the OpenShift portfolio, advance cluster security, or ACS. What this does is that it increases the Kubernetes native security capabilities at runtime”, said Frank.

Apart from that, Frank also spoke about how the APAC region, especially countries like India, Japan, Australia and Singapore are seeing massive uptake and growth with Red Hat. For Singapore, he believes the managed cloud services will be of importance as businesses continue to add in more applications and move to the hybrid cloud.

“We're the only company, that will offer you the choice at any time in the life cycle of the product -- which is a key thing -- to deploy yourself and manage yourself or deploy to a managed service we run for you and bring your applications. You can do it on AWS, Azure, Google, or IBM cloud, and different types of bare metal.  You don't need VMware any more for this stuff either, and so choice perspective it's very rich. If you look at Linux history, people like Linux because it enabled choice, because it brings the power to initiate. If you are not dependent on one provider, you have a negotiation, and opens the playing field, and OpenShift is effectively trying to do that to cloud the way Linux did that to hardware.  And it's a key thing driving the hybrid cloud message to customers”, concluded Frank. 

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