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Sessions: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Best Of Summit

Over the years, several session speakers have emerged as event celebrities and several subjects have emerged as must-see attractions, garnering standing-room-only crowds. This track serves as a home to their sessions.

Overview & Roadmap of Virtualization in Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Chris Wright — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this session, Chris Wright will provide an overview of the virtualization capabilities in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, describing operational capabilities, live migration, and I/O optimization. He will also describe many of the differentiating features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, such as memory optimization, resource control, security, and scalability enhancements. Chris will conclude this session by highlighting the most recent functionality and performance enhancements that have been implemented both upstream and in the most recent Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases.

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

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Wednesday, May 4 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Expert Forum - Red Hat Summit

Hosts:

David Egts — Principal Architect, Red Hat

Panelists:

Bryan Che — Manager, Product Management, Red Hat
Tim Burke — Vice President, Platform Engineering, Red Hat
Marco Bill-Peter — Vice President, Global Support, Red Hat
Gordon Haff — Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat
Andrew Cathrow — Senior Product Manager, Red Hat
Todd Warner — Product Manager, Red Hat

Join this product-oriented Q&A panel, hosted by David Egts, to help you make decisions on products and architectures to drive the next product or the next few years of enterprise developments. Panelist questions will be driven by the audience (using a walk-up mic) and David will pose questions that attendees have asked throughout the week using Twitter (#rhforum) and the question drop-boxes located on the Plaza Level.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Global Support Services (GSS), Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 2.0 / 5.0

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

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

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

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

Enterprise Insights: JBoss World

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.

Building & Managing a JBoss-based Private Cloud

Patrick Black — Senior Technology Engineer, Travelers Insurance

Travelers Insurance maintains a large shared infrastructure for JBoss-based applications. This infrastructure continues to improve, including the addition of cloud-based technologies to reduce infrastructure costs and improve stability.  In this session, Patrick Black from Travelers Insurance will review the challenges and successes of building and maintaining this infrastructure, while also providing some of the technical details.

Topics: Cloud, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: JBoss World Thursday, May 5 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 3.0 / 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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 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

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

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.

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

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