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Decoding the Code: Summit

Interested in optimizing your open source investment? Learn how to implement security policies, increase performance and scalability, meet service level agreements, and more effectively manage your deployments.

Red Hat Reference Architectures: An Overview

Vijay Trehan — Director, Solutions Architecture, Red Hat
Rachel Cassidy — Vice President, Global Professional Services, Red Hat

In this session, Vijay Trehan and Rachel Cassidy will answer several reference architecture questions, including:

  • What is a Red Hat reference architecture?
  • How does Red Hat provide the deep technical collateral for its major strategic initiatives, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Cloud Foundations?
  • Who writes them?
  • Who is the intended audience?

In addition to encouraging various Red Hat groups to author reference architectures, we actively seek collaboration with partners and customers to author/co-author reference architectures that showcase Red Hat working with our hardware / software partners to solve real customer problems.

For the benefit of our partners and customers this session will also cover:

  • A summary of the 50+ published reference architectures currently available on redhat.com
  • Examples of reference architectures developed with our partners and customers
  • How to use reference architectures and what they can do for you
  • How to provide feedback on reference architectures
  • How to propose a new reference architecture or the updating of an existing reference architecture
  • How to volunteer to work on a reference architecture
  • Annual awards for the best reference architectures

Vijay and Rachel will close this session with a brief discussion on “community”-developed reference architectures for business-critical use cases and solutions based on Red Hat solutions.

Topics: Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Consulting, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Wednesday, May 4 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

Converting, Inspecting, & Modifying Virtual Machines with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1

Matthew Booth — Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat
Richard Jones — Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 shipped with a new tool, virt-v2v, to convert and move virtual machines from VMware ESX and older Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms to KVM on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. It is based on a suite of tools, libguestfs, which look inside disk images and virtual machines, something that no other virtualization vendor offers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 will bring many improvements to these tools, including:

  • Greatly improved options for storage migration

  • New VM inspection features
  • An easy-to-use graphical guest browser
  • New guestfish commands

The latest upstream virt-v2v also includes the ability to convert and move a workload from a physical server.

In this session, Matthew Booth and Richard Jones will cover all the capabilities of the virt-v2v tool and libguestfs suite planned for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, as well as the new upstream P2V functionality. The session will include demonstrations and discussion of the practical aspects of using the tools within your organization.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Wednesday, May 4 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Providing High Availability for Oracle Databases Without High Cost

Brian Likosar — Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat
Dave Sullivan — Senior Consultant, Red Hat

Generally, moving to Oracle RAC for resiliency is beyond the budget for most projects. The High Availability Add-On for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 provides a new option for simple failover called “HA-LVM.”

In this session, Brian Likosar and Dave Sullivan will demonstrate the most common use case of a two-node HA solution – Oracle databases. They will describe how this method can provide high availability in a simple configuration, and will also show how to conserve hardware when using active/passive nodes.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Wednesday, May 4 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 4.0 / 5.0

NFS: The Next Generation

Steve Dickson — Consulting Software Engineer, Red Hat

Stephen Dickson will begin this session by showing a technology timeline from where NFS started, through where NFS is currently, to where the technology will be going in the future. Stephen will then discuss the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 NFS feature set and how to set up features like pNFS, FS-Cache, Referrals, NFSoverRDMA, and Secure NFS. He will conclude this session with a discussion about a number debugging tools and strategies for debugging common problems.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Wednesday, May 4 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 5.0 / 5.0

KVM Performance Improvements & Optimizations

Mark Wagner — Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this session, Mark Wagner will discuss recent performance enhancements and demonstrate tips, techniques, and best practices for achieving peak performance using Red Hats KVM-based virtualization solutions. He will use published SPECvirt results to demonstrate the tunings and technology selections. Mark will cover multiple topics, including:

  • Network improvements due to vhost and SR-IOV
  • Improvements in the kernel, I/O stack, and scheduler
  • Use of hugepages and NUMA

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Wednesday, May 4 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

SELinux for Mere Mortals

Thomas Cameron — Manager, Solution Architects, Red Hat

While Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is an incredibly powerful tool for securing Linux servers, it has historically had a reputation for being difficult to configure and as a result, so many system administrators would simply turn it off. Fortunately, the incredible amount of work done by the SELinux community in recent years has made SELinux much more system administrator-friendly.

In this session, attendees will learn the basics of SELinux, which include configuring, analyzing, and correcting SELinux errors, as well writing basic policies to enable non-SELinux aware applications to work on SELinux protected systems. Real-world examples will be used to better demonstrate how to use SELinux.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Wednesday, May 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Implementing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager: A Real World Example

Bob Gerling — Staff IT Engineer, Qualcomm
Michael Waltz — IT Engineer, Qualcomm
Zak Berrie — Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager has been in production for nearly two years at Qualcomm. In this session, Qualcomm’s Micheal Waltz and Bob Gerling will discuss their experience managing and growing Qualcomm’s virtualization environment using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Thursday, May 5 10:20 am - 11:20 am 2.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Architecture: Past, Present, & Future

Itamar Heim — Director, Software Engineering, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization was introduced in November 2009, providing a feature-rich virtualization platform based on the KVM hypervisor. In this session, Itamar Heim will describe the original architecture of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.1 and 2.2, based on a .NET-based Windows Management server, and he will describe the migration path taken to move from .NET and Windows in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.x to Java running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Thursday, May 5 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 1.0 / 5.0

SPICE Overview and Roadmap

Jonathan Blandford — Manager, Software Engineering, Red Hat

SPICE is an open source, adaptive remote rendering protocol allowing a user to remotely access their virtual machines. Unlike first-generation remote rendering protocols such as RDP and ICA, SPICE features a multi-tiered architecture that was designed to support today’s multi-media desktop experience. SPICE gives a user experience as close as possible to a physical machine, which includes offering high quality video and audio for both LAN and WAN connections.

In this presentation, Jonathan Blandford will present SPICE’s overall architecture, its key features, and outline the roadmap for SPICE.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Thursday, May 5 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

One Billion Files: Pushing Scalability Limits of Linux File Systems

Ric Wheeler — Architect & Manager of File System Team, Red Hat

As storage systems increase in size, it is increasingly more important to scale file systems to accommodate huge numbers of files in a single file system. In this session, Ric Wheeler will present performance results for Red Hat Enterprise Linux file systems in both Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. He will also present new work that enhances the scalability of file systems. Ric will additionally present several critical tricks and developer techniques to help both application developers and users tune properly to this number of objects.

Topics: Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Thursday, May 5 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Tuning the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 I/O Subsystem & Using I/O cGroups

Jeff Moyer — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Vivek Goyal — Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 ships with default tunings that work well for a broad range of workloads and hardware. To get the most out of the operating system, however, it is best to perform tuning based on the specific application workload and underlying storage configuration deployed.

In this session, Jeff Moyer and Vivek Goyal will introduce methodologies for characterizing both the raw performance of a specific storage solution and the I/O patterns of a workload. Attendees will learn how to use this data to determine if the storage is being fully utilized and, if not, how to properly tune the operating system to achieve better performance.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 also contains new mechanisms for providing differentiated I/O bandwidth to applications. Two policies are available for use: 1) proportional I/O control and 2) maximum bandwidth control. Both policies are configured using the kernel cGroup subsystem. This session will include an overview of the functionality present and instructions on how to configure a system to provide differentiated I/O service.

Tools discussed during the session include: aio-stress, fio, blktrace/blkparse, and tuned/tuned-adm. Specific storage technologies highlighted will include: SAS, SAN-attached storage arrays, and SSDs (both SATA and PCIe form factor).

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Thursday, May 5 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Tuning Your Red Hat System for Databases

Sanjay Rao — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this session, Sanjay Rao will discuss how to understand the architecture of databases and the needs of applications, and how to tune your Red Hat system to deliver optimum performance. Sanjay will cover tuning tips for both bare metal and virtual servers. The goal of this session is to provide tips that can help improve performance proactively.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 3.0 / 5.0

Opening Up the Power of the Cisco Unified Computing System and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Chris Naddeo — Technical Marketing Engineer for UCS, Cisco

In 2009, Cisco introduced the first truly converged datacenter platform, the Cisco Unified Computing System. Since then it has taken the industry by storm capturing over 40 world record performance benchmarks and delivering unprecedented gains in IT productivity for thousands of organizations around the world. Come join this session for an overview of the Cisco Unified Computing System and get an update on how Cisco and Red Hat continue to deliver solutions that greatly enhance performance, scalability, manageability, and cost-effectiveness of information technology.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Friday, May 6 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Enterprise Insights: Summit

This track will break down how open source can give your IT ecosystem a competitive edge. We'll show you why open source software is more secure, has a lower cost and higher value, is interoperable with thousands of ISVs, and is essential for the success and growth of your organization.

Fedora and Red Hat Working Together for a Better Future

Jared Smith — Fedora Project Leader, Red Hat

In this session, Jared Smith will focus on the unique relationship between the Fedora community and the Red Hat community, as well as the relationship between Fedora the distribution and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Jared will also explain how Fedora serves as an upstream technology incubator for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Topics: Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Wednesday, May 4 10:20 am - 11:20 am 2.0 / 5.0

Trends in Cloud Computing: What You Need to Know

Gordon Haff — Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat

Cloud computing, in its varied forms, is now a well-established topic in the IT lexicon. But that doesn’t mean either the technology or the way it gets used and deployed is settled and static. In fact, as cloud computing gets applied to more and more real-world problems, the experience continually reveals new insights into both possibilities and potential pitfalls.

In this session, Gordon Haff will take you on a tour through how cloud computing is unfolding. What are some of its interesting uses? What’s working out differently than anticipated? What current topics are generating a lot of discussion? What trends are worth keeping an eye on?

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Wednesday, May 4 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Consuming Red Hat in the Cloud: What to Build & How to Buy

Michael Ferris — Director of Cloud Ecosystem, Cloud Computing, Red Hat

In this session, Michael Ferris will provide a introductory, non-technical overview of Red Hats offerings and initiatives in cloud computing from products through programs. From the perspective of a end-user, you will gain an understanding of what Red Hat offerings can apply to you whether you are in the process of building a private or public cloud to offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions or building and deploying applications in public or private clouds.

Michael will:

  • Provide a high-level review of IaaS, PaaS, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) capabilities and Red Hats involvement and offerings

  • Introduce Red Hats offerings, architecture, and roadmap for building and using an internal cloud
  • Reveal Red Hats technology and business plans for portfolio products such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware in both public and private clouds
  • Review Red Hat offerings and programs with ecosystem partners such as Certified Cloud Providers and ISVs
  • Survey the offering models offered by public providers and discuss how you can consume or acquire Red Hat offerings via those providers

Topics: Cloud

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Wednesday, May 4 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 1.0 / 5.0

Real World Perspectives Panel: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Hosts:

Greg Pryzby — Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

Panelists:

Sean Millichamp — Linux Architecture Team Lead, Secure-24
James White — Senior Enterprise Solution Advisor, Secure-24
Travis Tiedemann — Systems Engineer, Distributed Engineering & Architecture, Union Pacific
John N. Kyros — Senior Project Engineer, Union Pacific
Michael Howard — Vice President, Advanced Enterprise Solutions, QinetiQ
Jerome M. Pender — Federal Bureau of Investigation, Deputy Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Information Services Division

Hear from these customers on how they are leveraging Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other Red Hat solutions to scale their IT architectures.

Enterprise businesses across a variety of industries and sectors rely on Red Hat products and solutions to address the critical business demands facing IT organizations today. Learn best practices and see how open source solutions can give your business a competitive advantage in the real world.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Wednesday, May 4 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Journey to the Cloud -- Do you have Directions?

Cal Hullihen — Cloud Solutions Architect, HP

Louis Carroll said, If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. This is especially true when youre trying to embrace the cloud. Even with a great vehicle built upon Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization or Red Hat Cloud Foundations and HP Converged Infrastructure, if you dont have a comprehensive cloud roadmap to guide you, youre likely to end up someplace that will not meet  your IT or business needs and, even worse, youll take a lot of detours to get there.

Please join this session to learn how HP can help you build an actionable roadmap to the right destination for your organization and help you avoid potholes, roadblocks, and dead ends as you undertake your journey to the cloud. This session is designed for the senior IT or business leader looking to build a solid cloud strategy, design a private cloud solution, or speed up organizational alignment with objective capability analysis and planning.

Topics: Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Consulting, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Wednesday, May 4 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 0.0 / 5.0

Doing More with Less: Lessons Learned Inside Red Hat's Own IT Dept

Michael Tiemann — VP of Open Source Affairs, Red Hat
Lee Congdon — Chief Information Officer, Red Hat

At the 2010 Red Hat Summit, Michael Tiemann and Lee Congdon explained how Red Hat’s own IT department applies the teachings of the open source community to do more [innovation] with less [risk]. In this session, they will shift focus from the “how” presented last year to the “what,” as in “What did Red Hat’s CIO deliver? What did IT deliver? What did Red Hat learn?” Moreover, rather than treating Red Hat as merely one of many industry examples, Michael and Lee will provide a deep-dive into Red Hat IT as an industry case study.

This session will be grounded in specifics, such as:

  • What is Red Hat’s own IT strategy, architecture, and implementation plan?
  • What technologies were chosen, for what reasons, and with what results?
  • What fundamental technology bets is Red Hat IT willing to make in order to do more with less, constantly and forever?

Topics: Fedora, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Wednesday, May 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Powered VDI: Setting a New Standard for Virtual Desktop Infrastructures

David Simmons — Senior Virtualization Architect, Red Hat
Jeff Jameson — Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Finally a virtual desktop solution that delivers on the promise of what a remote desktop solution should be. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops delivers incredible hypervisor performance, including unmatched virtual machine density with a true local PC-like user experience for both Linux and Windows desktops. Standard features such as bidirectional audio and video, complete USB data redirection, and full-motion video playback are delivered at a quantifiable cost savings of up to 70 percent less than the competition.

Join senior architect David Simmons and product marketing manager Jeff Jameson for a detailed look into how Red Hat is setting a new industry standard for what to expect from a virtual desktop solution.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Thursday, May 5 10:20 am - 11:20 am 2.0 / 5.0

Real World Perspectives Panel: Red Hat Network Satellite / Compliance

Hosts:

Akash Chandrashekar — Solution Architect, Red Hat

Panelists:

Roy Bonser — Senior Systems Administrator, College of LSA, University of Michigan
David Glaser — Senior Systems Administrator, College of LSA, University of Michigan
Patrick Connolly — Senior Infrastructure Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Kevin Masaryk — Linux/UNIX Administrator, Server Management, Salt River Project

Join this panel session to learn about the advantages Red Hat customers are gaining with the use of the Red Hat Network Satellite systems management solution to complement their Red Hat deployments.

Enterprise businesses across a variety of industries and sectors rely on Red Hat products and solutions to address the critical business demands facing IT organizations today. Learn best practices and see how open source solutions can give your business a competitive advantage in the real world.

Topics: Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Thursday, May 5 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Real World Perspectives Panel: Cloud

Hosts:

Gordon Haff — Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat

Panelists:

Andrei Filimonov — Enterprise Architect, Portal, UnitedHealth Group
Carl Mueller — Enterprise Architect, Portal, UnitedHealth Group
John Casebolt — President & CTO, Jackpine Technologies

Learn about how Red Hat customers are utilizing Red Hat solutions ranging from operating system to middleware to virtualization technology to expand their IT infrastructures into the cloud.

Enterprise businesses across a variety of industries and sectors rely on Red Hat products and solutions to address the critical business demands facing IT organizations today. Learn best practices and see how open source solutions can give your business a competitive advantage in the real world.

Topics: Red Hat Cloud

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Thursday, May 5 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Real World Perspectives Panel: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Hosts:

Chad Tindel — Manager, Solution Architects, Red Hat

Panelists:

Ryan Murray — Director of Infrastructure, Ganart Technologies
Munjeet Singh — Sr. Associate, Cloud Infrastructure, Booz Allen Hamilton
Tim Scully — Partner - Systems Engineer, Jackpine Technologies

Engage with Red Hat customers who are virtualizing their IT infrastructures with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to reduce costs, scale with business growth, and maintain high-performing systems.

Enterprise businesses across a variety of industries and sectors rely on Red Hat products and solutions to address the critical business demands facing IT organizations today. Learn best practices and see how open source solutions can give your business a competitive advantage in the real world.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Thursday, May 5 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 2.0 / 5.0

IBM Smart Cloud Services & Technologies for the Enterprise

Fausto Bernardini — Director, Global Cloud Services Enablement, IBM

Cloud computing represents a significant step toward the industrialization of IT Service Delivery, facilitating faster cycles to market and creating new opportunities for efficient consumption of IT resources. This session will describe the latest on IBM’s strategy and vision for cloud in the enterprise, and its value proposition for end users and service providers. IBM will discuss the different delivery models, from private to public clouds, and the workload-specific applications that are ready to migrate to cloud. During this session IBM will also review in detail some of the cloud offerings that it has brought to the market in 2011.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Thursday, May 5 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 4.0 / 5.0

opensource.com Panel | Open Source is Changing the World

Jason Hibbets — Project Lead, opensource.com, Red Hat
Michael Tiemann — VP of Open Source Affairs, Red Hat
Gunnar Hellekson — Chief Technology Strategist, US Public Sector Group, Red Hat
Ruth Suehle — Senior Editor, opensource.com, Red Hat
Sebastian Dziallas — Student, Engineering Major (Fedora Project Contributor for 4 years), Franklin W. Olin College

Join opensource.com to hear how the principles that make open source successful for software development are also working in other ways — as a business model, in education, in governments, and more. The panel will include Michael Tiemann, Gunnar Hellekson, Ruth Suehle, and Sebastian Dziallas.

Topics: Management and open source, opensource.com

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 1.0 / 5.0

Integrating User Community Content with Systems Management

Aaron Prayther — Senior Systems Analyst & Architect, LCE
James Labocki — Solution Architect, Red Hat

While the adoption of systems management by many organizations has reduced costs and increased administrator productivity, administrators may still perform maintenance of content that resides inside the systems management platform that is not provided by a vendor. By building a community and integrating it with a systems management platform, it is possible to further increase system administrator productivity and reduce duplication of effort.

In this session, LCE’s Aaron Prayther and Red Hat’s James Labocki will show attendees how the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) are solving this problem using Red Hat Network Satellite. Attendees will also learn about how a U.S. Federal Government customer reduced its post-installation configuration headache by using Red Hat Network Satellite.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Friday, May 6 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

In the Weeds: Summit

In this highly-technical, developer-focused track, you'll learn exactly how to leverage Red Hat solutions to drive your IT strategy and your enterprise to new heights. No details will be spared.

Take Control: Conquering Compliance Issues with Red Hat Network Satellite

Akash Chandrashekar — Solution Architect, Red Hat
Renaud Deraison — Chief Research Officer, Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Keeping an enterprise environment compliant with the numerous required standards, including PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, and FISMA, as well as potential internal requirements, like Six Sigma, can be daunting, expensive, and in some circumstances, virtually impossible. The constant deluge of patches and updates raises the likelihood of failing an audit.

However, organizations that implement best practices around Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Network Satellite can automate and manage the entire process and dramatically reduce the staff time needed to move toward achieving and maintaining compliance.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Wednesday, May 4 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

Cisco Unified Computing System Innovations Custom-Built for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Roopa Prabhu — Software Engineer, Cisco
Aaron Fabbri — Technical Lead, Cisco

The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is a flexible architecture that can be used to solve a diverse range of problems, from virtualization efficiency to low-latency high-throughput applications.

In the first part of this session, Roopa Prabhu will outline the various improvements in VM-FEX since the last Red Hat Summit.  VM-FEX is an open-sourced pre-standard 802.1Qbh bridge port extension infrastructure that works with KVM to provide hardware-based network acceleration to virtual machines on UCS platforms.

Later, Aaron Fabbri will present recent innovations by Cisco and Red Hat in the area of low-latency networking.  Aaron will show how high-throughput, low-latency results can be achieved with the simplicity of Ethernet in Cisco UCS with Red Hat MRG.

This session will demonstrate the disruptive, innovative technologies offered by Cisco and Red Hat that continue to solve real challenges in the marketplace.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Wednesday, May 4 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 & Microsoft Windows Interoperability

Mark Heslin — Principal Engineer, Red Hat

Today, more than ever, system administrators are finding a need to integrate the mission-critical readiness of Red Hat Enterprise Linux into existing Microsoft Windows environments. A number of approaches can be taken for configuring interoperability between the two operating systems, but how does one determine the best options for his/her specific environment?

In this session, Mark Heslin will review the basic concepts, common use cases, and installation and configuration details for integrating Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Samba into existing environments running Microsoft Windows 2008 Server and Active Directory. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Samba and Windows Active Directory integration concepts
  • Installing, configuring, and verifying Samba on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 server
  • Configuring Samba to use and join an existing Windows Active Directory domain
  • Usinging Kerberos to securely authenticate Windows clients
  • Configuring Winbind to simplify user account maintenance
  • Troubleshooting common issues and pitfalls
  • Futures: Samba, replacing Windows file services with Red Hat Enterprise Linux clusters (active/active Samba with CTDB)

By the end of this session, attendees will have the details needed to allow Windows clients to securely authenticate users and access file shares through a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 server in an existing Windows Active Directory domain.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Wednesday, May 4 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Tuning Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Oracle & Oracle RAC

Scott Croft — Senior Linux Consultant, Red Hat

The default configuration for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems with respect to Oracle and Oracle RAC databases offers high performance, but adjustments are required as the database grows, more nodes are added to a cluster, or there is an increase in load on the database.

To provide maximum efficiency and performance for the database, you must consider network, memory, filesystem layout, and kernel settings. The basic foundation must first be met with the installation, establishing a consistent base kickstart with all required packages.

In this session, Scott Croft will detail these considerations so attendees understand how to maximize database efficiency and performance. He will discuss installation and kickstart configuration, filesystem layout, network configuration, and kernel adjustments.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Wednesday, May 4 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Clustered Applications with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Thomas Cameron — Manager, Solution Architects, Red Hat
Lon Hohberger — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this session, Red Hat’s Thomas Cameron and Lon Hohberger will expand upon their 2010 Red Hat Summit presentation, Clustering Applications with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Thomas and Lon will discuss the theory and best practice of clustering applications with technologies available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

In addition, they will demonstrate the installation and configuration of a high-availability cluster of applications using technologies included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Thomas and Lon will also give a live demonstration of Red Hat Global File System and Red Hat Cluster Suite functionality, as well as the web-based cluster management tool. The demonstrations will include:

  • Setting up an iSCSI target (server), iSCSI initiators (clients), and clustered logical volumes
  • Configuring cluster fencing
  • Managing a highly available application (Apache) on the cluster

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Wednesday, May 4 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Filesystem Performance Characterization for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 & Virtual Environments

John D. Shakshober — Senior Consulting Software Engineer, Red Hat
Barry Marson — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this session, Doug Shakshober (Shak) will explore Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6′s supported filesystems EXT3/4, XFS, and GFS2. Using I/O exercisers, multi-user benchmark workloads (e.g., AIM7), and real applications (e.g., SAS’s mixed-analytic workload), Shak will offer comparisons between each file system. In addition, he will highlight the features that each file system has and discuss new tools like tuned-adm to optimize file I/O. Shak will also discuss Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 KVM features, including transparent hugepages for improved performance.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Wednesday, May 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Easy Migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Symantec Storage Foundation

James Jackson — Technical Product Manager, Symantec

In this session, attendees will learn about new Storage Foundation features and how to use them in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Topics discussed will include:

  • Making the migration path from UNIX to Red Hat easier while improving storage management without significant application downtime associated with the data copy/transfer
  • How cross-platform data sharing and advanced snapshot technology simplifies movement of data to Red Hat for backup or post-processing
  • Migrating between heterogeneous storage while keeping applications online, giving organizations the freedom to choose any mix of storage for your environment
  • Migrating from thick to thin storage while reclaiming unused storage and keeping applications online
  • Keeping the environment thin over time through automatic storage reclamations.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Thursday, May 5 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop at Red Hat

Mason Sanders — Manager, Desktop Systems, Red Hat

Come learn how Red Hat uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 internally to provide its employees with a stable and secure desktop.

In this session, Mason Sanders will provide an open and in-depth discussion about how Red Hat uses its own products and other open source software to keep the company moving forward. Mason will discuss all things desktop, and address how Red Hat deals with the challenges that arise from not being a Microsoft shop. It can be done, so come learn how.

Topics: Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Thursday, May 5 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization: Deep Dive into Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0

Itamar Heim — Director, Software Engineering, Red Hat
Andrew Cathrow — Senior Product Manager, Red Hat

In this session, Itamar Heim and Andrew Cathrow will demonstrate the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 release and deep dive into a number of key features, including Power User Portal, reporting engine, hooks, and new API interface.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Thursday, May 5 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise MRG at DreamWorks: Grid at Massive Scale, Utilization, and Throughput

William Henry — Senior Consulting Engineer, Red Hat
Lans Carstensen — DreamWorks

Many HTC users are discovering that as their businesses, operations, and hardware infrastructures grow, their HTC/grid infrastructures cannot scale with that growth.

In this session, attendees will learn how Red Hat Enterprise MRG Grid can be configured to scale massively to include tens of thousands of cores running more than one million jobs per day. Attendees will also learn how you can increase workload throughput on your grid and maintain over 98 percent utilization.

This session includes demonstrations that will teach attendees tried and tested configurations, including a how-to on taking advantage of virutalization, to get the most out of Red Hat Enterprise MRG Grid.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise MRG

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Thursday, May 5 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 4.0 / 5.0

KVM Performance Optimizations

Rik van Riel — Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat

Over the past year, a number of performance optimizations have been made to the KVM virtualization software. In this session, Rik van Riel will explain how the optimizations work and what kind of performance improvements have been realized.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Thursday, May 5 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Get Started Building Private Red Hat Clouds

Scott Collier — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Steve Reichard — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Vinny Valdez — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

Red Hat Cloud Foundations provides the infrastructure needed to build your own private IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) cloud. In this session, Scott Collier, Steve Reichard, and Vinny Valdez will show attendees how Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Cluster Suite, Red Hat Network Satellite, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization can be used to create your own private Iaas cloud. They will also discuss how Red Hat Enterprise MRG Grid and JBoss Operations Network extend the infrastructure enabling grid and middleware deployments on the established cloud.

Scott, Steve, and Vinny will provide information from the initial reference architectures on Red Hat Cloud Foundations. Come to this session to learn details about:

  • Differing infrastructure and virtualization clusters of Red Hat Cloud Foundations
  • Providing highly available management services to the cloud
  • Automating baremetal and virtualization provisioning the cloud
  • Deploying and monitoring applications
  • Scaling out to a hybrid cloud (grid)
  • Automating cloud deployments

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 3.0 / 5.0

System Resource Management Using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 cGroups

Linda Wang — Senior Manager, Software Engineering, Red Hat
Bob Kozdemba — Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

As interests and demands increase for larger and faster hardware to support ever-increasing customer workloads, so too does the complexity of managing these servers and software components. Companies and organizations are looking for ways to provision their hardware resources and applications to ensure that these complex systems meet their performance, availability, and SLA (Service Level Agreement) requirements, and do not compromise shared resources in baremetal or virtualized execution environments.

The Control Groups (cGroups) feature in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 provides several “resource controllers” that manage different hardware resources such as CPU task scheduling, memory allocation, network bandwidth, and storage I/O bandwidth.

In this session, Linda Wang and Bob Kozdemba will focus on the capabilities of these different types of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6′s controller groups in various different operating environments. They will conclude with live demonstrations and review example configurations for a series of use cases.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Friday, May 6 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Taste of Training - Summit

Want to know what world-class Red Hat Training and Certification is all about? Attend a "Taste of Training: Summit" session to get a sneak peek at all Red Hat training has to offer. Our award-winning Red Hat Training and Certification Team will be on-site to provide a series of a hands-on training courses across popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware technologies.

Begin Programming Your Red Hat Network Satellite Server

George Hacker — Curriculum Manager, Training, Red Hat

In this session, attendees will learn how to write simple Red Hat Network Satellite API programs, perform queries and write reports using Red Hat Network Satellite API methods, and use Red Hat Network Satellite API methods for system administration.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of Training - Summit Wednesday, May 4 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0
Taste of Training - Summit Thursday, May 5 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Getting Beyond Two Terabytes: Using GPT with Storage Devices

Steve Bonneville — Manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Curriculum Team, Red Hat

With the appearance of commodity hard disks in the three terabyte range, the limits of the standard disk partitioning model used on the x86/x86-64 processor architecture have been broken. In order to efficiently use these large, direct-attached storage devices, new techniques and partitioning methods are needed.

In this session, Steve Bonneville will discuss the GPT partition format and how GPT can be used to effectively partition large hard drives and other block devices on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. He will also discuss some of the implications and challenges of working with GPT partitioned disks from a booting and hardware perspective. Attendees will have an opportunity to create and work with GPT partitions using system utilities.

Attendees are expected to have an understanding of basic disk partitioning and command-line system administration in Linux prior to attending this session.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of Training - Summit Wednesday, May 4 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 2.5 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Package Management yum Extensions

Rob Locke — Curriculum Manager, Training, Red Hat

This session covers an overview of the extensibility of the yum design introduced in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Attendees will implement several of the yum plugins available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, for example, preventing specified packages from updating.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of Training - Summit Wednesday, May 4 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2.0 / 5.0
Taste of Training - Summit Thursday, May 5 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Protecting Information Using On-Disk Encryption

Bowe Strickland — Curriculum Manager, Training, Red Hat

News headlines routinely tell of information leaked because of stolen laptops or lost USB flash drives. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 includes the tools that make protecting inactive information on disks easy enough to become routine.

In this session, Bowe Strickland will explain basic techniques of on-disk encryption, including:

  • Understanding the device mapper encryption layer (dm-crypt)
  • Protecting partitions with LUKS
  • Protecting directories and files with the eCryptFS overlay filesystem

Attendees will learn how to perform both whole-disk encryption and more targeted filesystem-level encryption.

Attendees are expected to have an understanding of basic disk partitioning and command-line system administration in Linux prior to attending this session.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of Training - Summit Wednesday, May 4 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 2.5 / 5.0
Taste of Training - Summit Thursday, May 5 10:20 am - 11:20 am 2.5 / 5.0

SELinux Management

Forrest Taylor — Curriculum Manager, Training, Red Hat

SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux) was introduced to the open source world at the end of 2000 and was included in the 2.6.0-test3 kernel and Fedora Core 2. Even though SELinux has been available for nearly a decade, many system administrators still disable it because they do not understand its concepts or how to troubleshoot and fix any challenges faced.

In this session, Forrest Taylor will explain the basic concepts of SELinux, including its design goals and management tools. Forrest will cover the following basic SELinux skills:

  • Log analysis
  • Troubleshooting service issues
  • Documentation
  • GUI and command-line tools (e.g., system-config-selinux, setenforce, setsebool, and semanage)

Following this session, attendees should be able to successfully enable SELinux and successfully troubleshoot and resolve minor SELinux issues.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of Training - Summit Thursday, May 5 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2.5 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Troubleshooting Techniques and Tools Extract: Part 1

Rob Locke — Curriculum Manager, Training, Red Hat

In this session, [add speaker name] will provide an introduction to baselining and monitoring your Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 system. Using live systems, attendees will troubleshoot several different scenarios. Come have some fun fixing what your instructor breaks!

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of Training - Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 2.0 / 5.0
Taste of Training - Summit Friday, May 6 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 2.0 / 5.0

What's New: Summit

Linux in the enterprise is rapidly evolving. Learn about the latest in open source virtualization, middleware, infrastructure, security, desktop technology, messaging, storage, and more.

Improving Customer Support with ABRT & the Customer Portal

Andrew Hecox — Software Engineering Manager, Red Hat

In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat introduced ABRT (Automatic Bug Reporting Tool), a new tool that automatically detects issues with a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system and makes reporting them easy.

In this session, Andrew Hecox will walk attendees through how ABRT integrates with Red Hat’s customer portal. He will also discuss features planned for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 and best practices for enterprise deployment. Additionally, Andrew will introduce a new Red Hat Enterprise Linux component, the retrace server, that eliminates the need to include debugging info and debugging tools on production systems.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Global Support Services (GSS)

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Wednesday, May 4 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

Open Virtualization -- Standards & Choice

Jean Staten Healy — Director, Cross-IBM Linux & Open Virtualization, IBM

Virtualization is one of the hottest topics in computing today. However, there’s always the risk of customer lock-in to a single vendor’s proprietary approach. This can lead to loss of flexibility and higher costs for end-users. In this panel, hosted by IBM, industry experts will discuss how open virtualization is critical to avoiding vendor lock-in, what IBM virtualization technologies are available to support Linux workloads, and how the combination of IBM and Linux provide IT organizations greater flexibility and choice.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Wednesday, May 4 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 0.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Overview

Chuck Dubuque — Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization extends the core KVM hypervisor technology that ships with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, adds manageability and support for large, complex virtualization environments, and forms the basis for a Red Hat cloud infrastructure.

In this session, Chuck Dubuque will provide an introduction to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, covering such topics as:

  • The underlying KVM  hypervisor features and capabilities 
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager
  • The advantages of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization management technology
  • Why Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization makes the ideal platform for the deployment of Red Hat Enterprise Linux guests, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customer use and deployment cases
  • Cost and agility advantages of Red Hats subscription model

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Wednesday, May 4 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 1.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise MRG Update & Roadmap

Kim Palko — Product Manager, Red Hat
Bryan Che — Manager, Product Management, Red Hat
Sravish Sridhar — Senior Product Manager, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise MRG integrates messaging, realtime, and grid technologies to provide an advanced platform for high-performance, distributed, and cloud computing. In this session, Bryan Che, Kim Palko, and Sravish Sridhar will present the latest Red Hat Enterprise MRG product updates, a roadmap for Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.0, new performance data, and enhancements provided by the product for cloud computing.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise MRG

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Wednesday, May 4 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Cloud Architecture

Carl Trieloff — Technical Director, Red Hat

In this session, Carl Trieloff will provide insight into the Red Hat cloud architecture and will discuss how it provides the next generation of private and hybrid cloud deployments. He will cover a range of topics ranging from CDL (Content Definition Language), to running and mapping services, to cloud, managing quota, federating storage, dealing with replication, and monitoring. Attendees should leave this session with an understanding of how Red Hat is enabling cloud for enterprise use cases.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Wednesday, May 4 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Certification Focus Group

Randy Russell — Director of Certification, Red Hat

The Red Hat Certification team invites its certified community of Linux professionals to participate in its fourth annual Red Hat Summit focus group. Participants must be RHCEs, RHCTs, RHCSAs, or RHCVAs to attend. Focus group attendees will learn about new developments in the program and will be encouraged to provide feedback on the direction of the certification program.

With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat has announced some significant changes to its certification program. We will be discussing these changes, as well as ongoing and future initiatives to engage and benefit Red Hat certified professionals.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Wednesday, May 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Building a Customer Portal with Red Hat Solutions

Mike Amburn — Enterprise Architect, Red Hat
Chris Bredesen — Product Manager, Red Hat

When building a customer portal, its easy to start from scratch. But in reality, most of us have to start from the middle.

In this session, discover how Red Hat used Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware to design and deploy a new customer portal in only six months. And learn how Red Hat used JBoss Seam and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform in combination with SOA practices to create a scalable, lightweight customer portal that integrated over a dozen existing information and authentication systems, provided a global chroming service, and leveraged the latest dynamic technologies like jQuery.

Attendees will walk away understanding how Red Hat uses its own technologies and the power of open source to rapidly build and deploy new services at the speed of an ever-changing market.

Topics: JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Enterprise Frameworks, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Thursday, May 5 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

High Availability in the Cloud

Perry Myers — Senior Engineering Manager, Red Hat
Steven Dake — Principal Engineer, Red Hat
Sayan Saha — Senior Product Manager, Red Hat

In this session, Red Hat’s Steven Dake, Perry Myers, and Sayan Saha will answer several questions, including:

  • What’s the problem we’re trying to solve with HA in the cloud?
  • How is HA in the cloud different from traditional bare-metal high availability clusters. And what are the principal differences between the two in terms of technology and use cases?
  • What are we dealing with in terms of scale and challenges?
  • What are the principal considerations while migrating applications from traditional high availability clusters to the cloud?

Steven, Perry, and Sayan will also discuss cloud HA terminology, establishing the cloud HA nomenclature, HA architecture for the cloud, and the technology roadmap of HA in the cloud.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise MRG

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Thursday, May 5 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Security Overview

Peter Vrabec — Engineer, Team Lead, Red Hat
Jack Rieden — Senior Manager, Red Hat
Daniel Walsh — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this session, Peter Vrabec and Jack Rieden will provide an overview of the security enhancements in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. They will discuss OpenSCAP, a line of standards managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). OpenSCAP provides a standardized approach to maintaining the security of systems, such as automatically verifying the presence of patches, checking system security configuration settings, and examining systems for signs of compromise. Jack and Peter will also discuss:

  • Certifications – Common Criteria and FIPS Certification
  • Minimal Installation – Lowering attack surface of Core OS
  • Security enhancements

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Thursday, May 5 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Developer Tooling in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

William Cohen — Performance Tools Engineer, Red Hat

The software development tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux continue to evolve to ease development of concurrent programs, debugging of existing programs, and analysis of program performance and correctness. In this session, William Cohen will discuss:

  • GNU Compiler Collection support of the OpenMP specification for parallel programming and improved code optimization

  • GNU Compiler Collection improved debug information generation
  • GNU Debugger support for python debugging and scripting
  • Valgrind tool for analyzing correct and efficient use of memory
  • Systemtap for low-overhead instrumentation of user programs

Topics: Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Thursday, May 5 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 5.0 / 5.0

Enabling Your Hybrid Cloud with Red Hat

Chris Morgan — Senior Product Manager, Red Hat

Whether for production, development, testing, bursting, or simply to explore, companies are looking to run workloads both on-premise in a private cloud and across various public clouds. In this session, Chris Morgan will present the many Red Hat initiatives related to enabling the business, operational, and technical aspects of running and/or migrating your applications in both private and at Red Hat Certified Cloud Providers. This will include information on using Red Hat technologies to:

  • Build your underlying cloud infrastructure
  • Create, deploy, and manage images and instance lifecycle
  • Create applications using PaaS
  • Manage configuration and content of running instances

This  session will also include a live demonstration of future Red Hat content management capabilities showcasing management of content simultaneously in your private cloud and within two public clouds presented by one of our lead cloud management engineers, Jason Dobies.  At the end of this session, attendees will have a better understanding of all of our Red Hat cloud technologies and programs along with getting a sneak peak at some exciting things to come!

Whether for production, development. testing, bursting, or simply to explore, companies are looking to run workloads both on-premise in a private cloud and in a public cloud. In this session, Chris Morgan, will present the many Red Hat initiatives related to enabling the business, operational, and technical aspects of running and/or migrating your applications in both private and public clouds. By the end of this session, attendees will be aware of all that Red Hat has to offer in order to help enable hybrid cloud usage.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Thursday, May 5 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Cloud: HP Edition

Marc Nozell — Solutions Engineer, HP

Building real clouds today, with Red Hat Cloud and HP’s Converged Infrastructure. HP and Red Hat engineers collaborated on a joint reference architecture that uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization with HP’s CloudSystem Matrix to demonstrate how customers can use these tools to build a private cloud.

Topics: Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 3.0 / 5.0

Choosing the Right Red Hat Enterprise Linux Subscription

Gerry Riveros — Senior Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat

In November 2010, Red Hat made changes to the way Red Hat Enterprise Linux is packaged and priced to enable more flexibility for customers. In this session, Gerry Riveros will help attendees understand how to purchase Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and make the most cost-effective purchase.

In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • The seven operating system server, desktop, and workstation offerings
  • The seven new additional software offerings, or Add-Ons, that can extend the functionality of your subscription
  • How the offerings can be combined to provide you with the capabilities that you need, and the rules for using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 in a virtualized or cloud environment.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Friday, May 6 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 1.0 / 5.0

What's Next: Summit

Be the first to know about what's on the horizon from Red Hat and industry partners. Learn about future innovations in virtualization, management, security, certifications, and more.

Red Hat Cloud Update & Roadmap

Bryan Che — Manager, Product Management, Red Hat

In this session, Bryan Che will present an update on Red Hat cloud as well as a roadmap for upcoming product releases across IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service), cloud services, and application lifecycle management in the cloud.

Topics: Red Hat Cloud

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Wednesday, May 4 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

Eclipse in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 & Beyond

Andrew Overholt — Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat
Jeff Johnston — Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this session, Andrew Overholt and Jeff Johnston will discuss the Eclipse development environment capabilities that are present in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. They will also address the Eclipse capabilities that are planned for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, emphasizing C, C++, and Java tooling. In addition, Andrew and Jeff will provide a roadmap for Eclipse in future Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x releases, including discussions arount git, GCC, and RPM integration.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Wednesday, May 4 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Maximizing KVM Density with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Anthony Liguori — KVM Virtualization Specialist, IBM

Even with steady increases in hardware capacity, there is still increasing pressure to drive virtualization density beyond physical system constraints. In this session, we will review best practices in using KVM resource overcommitment support in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 to maximize virtualization density while preserving application Quality of Service.  We will also preview new upstream technologies such as Memory Overcommit Manager, CPU capping, and I/O resource limits that allow fine grain Quality of Services settings for supporting mixed workload types in KVM. A brief discussion of IBM’s System x, BladeCenter, and iDataplex servers that are designed to be optimized for your workloads to address your datacenter challenges will wrap up this breakout session.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Wednesday, May 4 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and AMD Processors: Collaboration the Open Source Way

Chris Schlaeger — Director, Operating System Research Center, AMD, AMD

Chris Schlaeger, director of AMDs Operating System Research Center (OSRC), will outline AMDs ongoing commitment to the open source community. As one of the top 15 companies contributing to the Linux kernel, AMDs engineering collaboration with Red Hat results in a robust set of processor features enabled in Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases.

In this presentation, Chris will highlight open source contributions by the Linux kernel and hypervisor teams at AMDs OSRC. He will also provide an overview of AMDs next-generation server processor, Bulldozer, and detail the joint collaboration efforts of AMD and Red Hat to enable Bulldozer in Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Wednesday, May 4 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Tracking Your Subscriptions with Red Hat Subscription Manager

Bryan Kearney — Manager, Software Engineering, Red Hat
Chris Alfonso — Manager, Software Applications, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 will be released with a new Subscription Manager tool that will tell users exactly what products are installed on the machine, the exact subscription that is providing updates to the machine, and when that subscription expires. In addition, the subscription data is secure and enables authenticated connection to Red Hat’s new content delivery network (CDN). This new CDN will provide improved access to updates and errata.

In this session, Bryan Kearney and Chris Alfonso will:

  • Summarize the new Subscription Manager tooling
  • Demonstrate the new functionality available at redhat.com.
  • Outline how the CDN works
  • Describe how the subscription and product data is stored on the file system
  • Discuss how system administrators can use this new data, including integrating it with Assent Management Systems

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Wednesday, May 4 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Building a Cloud Filesystem

Jeff Darcy — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Mark Wagner — Software Engineer, Red Hat

A cloud filesystem is not just a distributed filesystem with a fancy name, but a filesystem with specific features needed to support deployment in a cloud environment. In this session, Jeff Darcy and Mark Wagner will cover a range of topics, including:

  • The role of filesystems: Invisible infrastructure, visible service, or both?
  • Handling cloud scale: In a large enough system, failures and reconfigurations will be too frequent to handle manually. How does a cloud filesystem handle these events with minimum downtime and intervention?
  • Security in the cloud: Authentication, authorization, encryption on the wire, and encryption on disk
  • Performance: What are the relevant workloads and performance metrics? How well does a cloud filesystem perform? How do various features affect these results?

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Wednesday, May 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Java - From OpenJDK to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and What Lies Ahead

Deepak Bhole — Senior Software Engineer, Platform Java Team, Red Hat

Over the years, Red Hat has used its expertise in the Java field to make this technology easily deployable, stable, and more efficient so that our customers can reap maximum benefits from its use.

In the first half of this session, attendees will get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes between an upstream OpenJDK drop and the RPM landing in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora. Deepak Bhole will also cover what his team does, as well as what IcedTea (an OpenJDK-based distribution) is all about and why it is so important for you. In the second half, Deepak will cover where Java is heading, and what you can expect to see in it in the future. Topics will include: upcoming language changes, JDK Modularization (Jigsaw) and its implications for packagers, Lambda expressions (closures), and many more.

Attendees will leave this session with a firm understanding of how Java lands on your system, and where it is headed over the next 2-4 years. Armed with this understanding, attendees should be able to better communicate any Java-related issues to Red Hat, attaining even faster resolution. Furthermore, knowing the future roadmap will help attendees plan better for themselves and for their customers.

Topics: Java Development

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Thursday, May 5 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

Alfresco Delivers for Red Hat Training

Todd Barr — Chief Marketing Officer, Alfresco
Gordon Tillmore — Senior Manager, Program Marketing, Red Hat
Tim Boisvert — Principal Business Analyst, Red Hat

Red Hat Training is a $50m global organization that delivers technical training all around the world, both directly and with partners. In order to assist customers in deciding which courses to take, Red Hat built an online training assessment application that asks questions of users, and then delivers a customized training recommendation based on the users’ experience, goals, and location.

In this session you will learn how Red Hat deployed Alfresco on top of a JBoss and Red Hat stack to act as an open content repository to serve-up the customized training recommendations to its users. Using Alfresco’s inherent hierarchical content model and open APIs, you will learn how Red Hat is using Alfresco as a single content repository to support multiple applications, while also saving its business users time and money. Todd Barr, from Alfresco, will be joined by Tim Boisvert, the services team lead from Red Hat IT, and Gordon Tillmore, the global manager of Red Hat’s services marketing team to describe the open source solution.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Thursday, May 5 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

The Future of Red Hat Network Satellite: A New Architecture Enabling Traditional Datacenters & the Cloud

Todd Warner — Product Manager, Red Hat
Todd Sanders — Engineering Manager, Red Hat

Red Hat Network Satellite has been successfully managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux in traditional datacenters since 2002. In that time, Red Hat Network Satellite has been extremely popular, managing groups of systems that scale from small local deployments to vast global infrastructures.

Future versions of Red Hat Network Satellite will provide even greater tools and capabilities for customers to manage the machines both deployed within their datacenters and federated out to public clouds.

In this session, members of the Red Hat Network Satellite product leadership team will discuss and demonstrate the dramatic new direction that the product is taking. A sampling of what is covered includes:

  • Powerful content mirroring and deployment
  • Recipe-driven configuration management
  • Vastly improved and rearchitected subscription tracking and inventory management
  • New fine-grained user roles
  • Redesigned application and system lifecycle management architecture and workflow

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Thursday, May 5 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Cloud Technologies for Developers

Michael McGrath — Cloud Architect, Red Hat

While cloud computing brings several new technologies and features into enterprise infrastructures, many enterprises aren’t quite sure how to take the step from a traditional computing model to the cloud.

While cloud computing brings several new technologies and features into enterprise infrastructures, many enterprises arent quite sure how to take the step from a traditional computing model to the cloud.

In this session, Mike McGrath will provide an overview of new Red Hat technologies available in cloud computing that solve old and new problems. Hell also provide high-level discussions about ideal uses of cloud computing for developers and simple applications. Mike will also provide a demo of how to deploy applications in about 15 seconds, and he will touch on:

  • Sharing load between local and public clouds

  • Techniques to identify and mitigate security concerns

Topics: Cloud

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Thursday, May 5 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 3.0 / 5.0

GNOME 3

Owen Taylor — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Jon McCann — Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat

GNOME 3, released in April of this year, offers an exciting new user experience with a streamlined approach that emphasizes the focus on tasks and bringing relevant information to the user as needed. GNOME 3 takes advantage of the graphics capabilities of modern hardware to provide attractive and easy-to-understand visuals.

In this session, Owen Taylor and Jon McCann will give a tour of the GNOME 3 user interface and show how it is motivated by basic design principles. The technology behind GNOME 3 will also be covered at a high level.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Thursday, May 5 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Enabling Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization with NetApp Storage

Geert Jansen — Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat
Jon Benedict — Systems Architect, NetApp
Henry Vail — Systems Architect, NetApp

Serious discussions around virtualization inevitably involve heavy emphasis on storage, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization-based solutions discussions are no different. The storage solution must be able to:

  • Scale up and out easily
  • Protect data
  • Be efficient
  • Remain flexible to the needs of the environment
  • Integrate well with the virtualization platform

In this session, NetApp’s Jon Benedict and Henry Vail, and Red Hat’s Geert Jansen will:

  • Detail best practices for deploying Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization with NetApp
  • Detail backup and DR strategies for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization with NetApp
  • Demonstrate the value of NetApp in a virtual infrastructure
  • Outline the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and NetApp roadmap

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 4.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Identity (IPA) - Centralized Managment of Identities & Authentication

Robert Crittenden — Engineer, Red Hat
Dmitri Pal — Engineering Manager, Red Hat

For the past three years, Red Had has been heavily investing in the FreeIPA (Identity, Policy, Audit) open source project. With a current emphases on identity management and authentication, IPA is the open source alternative to existing proprietary domain controller solutions, which focuses on the needs of Linux/UNIX clients combining proven technologies like Kerberos, LDAP, and PKI.

In this session, Red Hat engineers will discuss Free IPA, as well as a fully-supported version of the IPA server.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Friday, May 6 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0