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Sessions by topic: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Application and platform infrastructure

This track features the developers who write the code, the solution architects who work in the field, and the product managers who contribute to product direction. Example topics include: deployment techniques, performance optimization, and system management, and sessions will include technology overviews, roadmaps, and deep dives. Attendees will learn how to increase performance and scalability, implement security policies, meet service level agreements, and more effectively manage deployments.

Software collections: Keeping pace without sacrificing platform stability

Adam Miller — Senior software engineer, Red Hat

A software collection is a suite of multiple software stacks, or collections, that include newer versions of the software that developers know and love. This lets operations teams deliver these on top of the trusted Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform without sacrificing infrastructure stability by relying on unsupported solutions.

In this session, you’ll learn how:

  • To use Red Hat Software Collections in a number of real-world use cases.
  • OpenShift by Red Hat uses software collections to deliver up-to-date development and deployment environments.
  • To package software built against Red Hat Software Collections for distribution within a user’s environment via custom repositories (or channels) using Red Hat Satellite.

Topics: Development tools, Fedora, Open hybrid cloud, OpenShift by Red Hat, OpenShift Origin, Portability, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Application and platform infrastructure Tuesday, April 15 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 3.0 / 5.0

HP Moonshot with Red Hat Enterprise Linux saves space & energy for HP.com

Volker Otto — Director, Application Hosting, IT Compute Services, HP

The HP Moonshot System, the world’s first software-defined server platform, delivers maximum density with unparalleled power efficiency. HP Moonshot, running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is currently handling the traffic on HP.com, and providing tremendous space and energy savings. In this session, we’ll explain the technical detail of how our web platform works and discuss future plans for more workloads.

Topics: Cost savings, Interoperability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Application and platform infrastructure Wednesday, April 16 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Application development

This track covers application development tools and technologies. Example topics include: best practices, methodologies, and techniques for building applications in C, C++, Java, PHP/LAMP, Ruby, Node.js, and many other commonly used developer tools and languages, and new development approaches such as Platform-as-a-Service. Attendees will also learn how the tools that build, run, and scale applications are evolving.

Deeper understanding of software collections

Ryan Hennessy — Solution architect, Red Hat

The software collections utility provides a flexible framework for installing, configuring, and administering multiple versions of a software package on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux server. Users of the system then have the option to invoke these alternative software packages to run workloads on the server.

Solution architects at Red Hat see many use cases for software collections, including:

  • Running applications with newer versions of the python or perl interpreter.
  • Compiling code with a newer version of the C complier.
  • Running a more recent version of a MySQL database.

This session will provide an overview of how software collections are invoked by users, how they are installed and maintained, and how an RPM can be developed for use within software collections.

You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of when to use the software collections utility, how software collections operate, and how they are developed.

Topics: Development tools, Flexibility, Interoperability, Portability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Application development Tuesday, April 15 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 3.0 / 5.0

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux roadmap: Part I

Host:

Denise Dumas — Senior director, Platform Engineering, Red Hat

Panelists:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux management team — Red Hat

In this 2-hour session, you’ll learn about the plans for current and upcoming releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including 6.5 and 7, from the product engineering team. The team will highlight a variety of technology areas, including:

  • Kernel.
  • File system.
  • Storage.
  • Hardware enablement.
  • Virtualization.
  • Desktop.
  • Developer tools.
  • Security.
  • Core utilities.

 

Also, you’ll receive Red Hat Summit session recommendations, links, and reference materials to help you dive even deeper into selected technologies throughout Summit. Attend this session to get better focused on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux topics that matter most to you.

Topics: Development tools, Flexibility, Interoperability, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reliability, Scalability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Tuesday, April 15 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux roadmap: Part II

Host:

Denise Dumas — Senior director, Platform Engineering, Red Hat

Panelists:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux management team — Red Hat

In this 2-hour session, you’ll learn about the plans for current and upcoming releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including 6.5 and 7, from the product engineering team. The team will highlight a variety of technology areas, including:

  • Kernel.
  • File system.
  • Storage.
  • Hardware enablement.
  • Virtualization.
  • Desktop.
  • Developer tools.
  • Security.
  • Core utilities.

Also, you’ll receive Red Hat Summit session recommendations, links, and reference materials to help you dive even deeper into selected technologies throughout Summit. Attend this session to get better focused on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux topics that matter most to you.

 

Topics: Development tools, Flexibility, Interoperability, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reliability, Scalability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Tuesday, April 15 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Moving from Red Hat Satellite 5 to 6: A practical guide

Thomas Cameron — Chief solution architect, Red Hat
Todd Warner — Senior product manager, Red Hat

Red Hat Satellite 5 has a massive install base, with tried and true workflows and processes developed over the last decade. With the approaching release of Red Hat Satellite 6, system admins want to know what changes to expect. Because while some tasks have a near 1:1 mapping, many concepts have changed.

In this session, you’ll learn about tasks that remain similar between Red Hat Satellite 5 and 6, and what has changed. Specifically, you’ll learn about content management, system management, activation keys, system registration, groups, system provisioning, and various other tasks and how they work under Red Hat Satellite 6.

Topics: Flexibility, Manageability, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Satellite, Reliability, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Tuesday, April 15 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Application-centric packaging with Docker & Linux containers

Daniel Riek — Senior director, Systems Engineering & Design, Red Hat
Lars Herrmann — Senior director, Product and Business Strategy, Red Hat

A new, application-centric IT architecture can prove challenging for the traditional packaging and deployment of a single, unified runtime enterprise operating system environment. Virtualization, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and other cloud technologies demand a more modular approach to Linux deployment based on optimized images and runtime environments controlled by the application. Virtualization has resulted in virtual machine sprawl, with an explosion of independent operating system instances and fragmented solutions.

The emergence of Docker and Linux containers in Red Hat solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and OpenShift, provides a new, higher-level approach to software packaging and deployment using modern IT architecture.

In this session, we’ll:

  • Explain the role of application-centric packaging with Docker and Linux containers across the Red Hat product portfolio.
  • Show how Docker complements the existing packaging and deployment models and how container technology enriches the classic runtime paradigm.
  • Cover how IT departments, developers, and ISVs can benefit directly from the application-centric approach to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenStack, and OpenShift.
  • Discuss the technology roadmap for Docker and containers across the Red Hat product portfolio.

Topics: Development tools, Flexibility, Manageability, Open hybrid cloud, OpenShift by Red Hat, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Tuesday, April 15 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Performance analysis & tuning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Part I

Larry Woodman — Senior consulting engineer, Red Hat
Douglas (Shak) Shakshober — Senior consulting software engineer, Red Hat
Jeremy Eder — Principal software engineer, Red Hat

In this 2-hour session, you’ll learn how to configure and tune Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 5, 6, and 7 beta systems for optimal performance while running a variety of common applications. You’ll also learn how to evaluate and analyze the performance of heavily loaded systems and how to tune them to maximize performance.

In part I, Larry Woodman will:

  • Describe several existing and new hardware features that can affect performance and how the Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel takes advantage of them.
  • Describe and illustrate the latest performance analysis tools and techniques to identify performance bottlenecks impacting system and application performance.

In part II, Doug Shakshober will:

  • Describe and contrast system tuning parameters to show how they can be used along with tools and techniques to resolve identified bottlenecks affecting system and application performance.
  • Show what techniques are used to identify and resolve performance issues in a number of combinations of systems and applications, such as database servers, Internet servers, and various financial applications.

Topics: Development tools, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Services, Red Hat Training, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Wednesday, April 16 10:40 am - 11:40 am 5.0 / 5.0

Performance analysis & tuning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Part II

Douglas (Shak) Shakshober — Senior consulting software engineer, Red Hat
Larry Woodman — Senior consulting engineer, Red Hat
Jeremy Eder — Principal software engineer, Red Hat

In this 2-hour session, you’ll learn how to configure and tune Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 5, 6, and 7 beta systems for optimal performance while running a variety of common applications. You’ll also learn how to evaluate and analyze the performance of heavily loaded systems and how to tune them to maximize performance.

In part I, Larry Woodman will:

  • Describe several existing and new hardware features that can affect performance and how the Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel takes advantage of them.
  • Describe and illustrate the latest performance analysis tools and techniques to identify performance bottlenecks impacting system and application performance.

In part II, Doug Shakshober will:

  • Describe and contrast system tuning parameters to show how they can be used along with tools and techniques to resolve identified bottlenecks affecting system and application performance.
  • Show what techniques are used to identify and resolve performance issues in a number of combinations of systems and applications, such as database servers, Internet servers, and various financial applications.

Topics: Development tools, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Services, Red Hat Training, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Wednesday, April 16 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 5.0 / 5.0

Performance tuning: Red Hat Enterprise Linux for databases

Sanjay Rao — Principal performance engineer, Red Hat

In this session, you’ll learn various aspects of tuning Red Hat Enterprise Linux to optimize database performance, including tuning the operating system on bare metal and on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. You’ll also learn about:

  • Tuning settings.
  • The impact of tuning through the use of data and charts.
  • Tips on using some of the Linux tools to identify performance issues with examples.

Topics: Interoperability, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Wednesday, April 16 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 4.0 / 5.0

SELinux for mere mortals

Thomas Cameron — Chief solution architect, Red Hat

Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is a powerful tool for securing Linux servers, but its reputation for being difficult to configure leads many system administrators to simply turn it off. The good news is that an incredible amount of work in recent years by the SELinux community has made it much more user-friendly.

In this session, you’ll learn the basics of SELinux, including configuring, analyzing, and correcting SELinux errors, as well as writing basic policies to allow non-SELinux-aware applications to work on SELinux-protected systems. Real-world examples will be used to demonstrate how to use SELinux.

Topics: Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Satellite, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Wednesday, April 16 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor roadmap

Bhavna Sarathy — Senior technology product manager, Red Hat

In this session, you’ll learn about the:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor roadmap and hypervisor features supported in both Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.
  • Integration of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor and Red Hat Storage Server to provide direct storage access to GlusterFS volumes.
  • Future features of the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor that will help shape the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform roadmaps.

Topics: Cost savings, Flexibility, Open hybrid cloud, OpenStack, Performance, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Storage Server, Reliability, Scalability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Thursday, April 17 9:45 am - 10:45 am 3.0 / 5.0

Oracle Database 12c on Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Best practices

Roger Lopez — Principal software engineer, Red Hat
Sanjay Rao — Principal performance engineer, Red Hat

Successfully deploying and optimizing an Oracle Database environment can be a daunting task. In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • The key ingredients for a successful Oracle Database 12c installation.
  • A methodology to diagnose and remove performance bottlenecks by taking a closer look at the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel parameters that can affect the overall performance of an Oracle Database.
  • The steps required for a successful Oracle Database 12c deployment.
  • Different tools within Red Hat Enterprise Linux to troubleshoot and solve kernel parameter tuning-related issues.

If you’re a system, storage, or database administrator deploying and/or managing Oracle Datbase 12c environments, this session is for you.

Topics: Flexibility, Interoperability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reliability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best of Thursday, April 17 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Business and IT strategy alignment

This track targets the juncture of business and IT considerations necessary to create competitive advantage. Example topics include: new architecture deployments, competitive differentiators, long-term and hidden costs, and security. Attendees will learn how to align architecture and technology decisions with their specific business needs and how and when IT departments can provide competitive advantage.

PaaS lessons: Cisco IT deploys OpenShift to meet developer demand

Sandeep Puri — Engineering architect, Cisco
Mike White — Cisco
Mike Barrett — Product manager, Red Hat

Recently, Cisco IT added OpenShift by Red Hat to its technology mix to rapidly expose development staff to a rich set of web-scale application frameworks and runtimes.

Deploying Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) architectures, like OpenShift, bring with it:

  • A focus on the developer experience.
  • Container technology.
  • A need to understand network security and user isolation and how to accelerate the DevOps model without negatively affecting operations or development.

In this session, Cisco and Red Hat will take you through:

  • The problems Cisco set out to solve with PaaS.
  • How OpenShift aligned with their needs.
  • Key lessons learned during the process.

Topics: Cost savings, Development tools, Flexibility, Manageability, OpenShift by Red Hat, Performance, Portability, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reliability, Scalability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Business and IT strategy alignment Wednesday, April 16 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat & Intel solutions for intelligent systems in transportation

Mark Pallone — enterprise software strategist, Intel
Zach Smith — BNSF
James Kirkland — Principal solution architect, Red Hat

Join our discussion of real-world use cases in the transportation industry. We’ll show you how combining Red Hat JBoss A-MQ, Red Hat JBoss BRMS, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Intel Atom processors can create integrated systems of thousands of devices. Learn how to:

  • Increase safety with positive asset control and electronic dispatching.
  • Optimize routing and fuel management with a combination of resource location tracking and business rules.
  • Optimize telecommunications utilization and availability through multi-path link management.
  • Move decision-making into the field to decrease reaction time and mis-routing of assets.
  • Use data analysis to predict equipment failures.

Topics: Interoperability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss A-MQ, Red Hat JBoss Middleware

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Business and IT strategy alignment Thursday, April 17 9:45 am - 10:45 am 3.0 / 5.0

Cloud deep dive

This track shows you how to implement and operate your private, public, or hybrid cloud. Example topics include: provisioning and flexing workloads, using Red Hat products in public clouds, and running an on-premise IaaS and PaaS. Attendees will learn best practices for making the most effective use of public clouds, architecting and managing on-premise and hybrid clouds, monitoring hybrid cloud environments, and provisioning applications across their infrastructures of choice.

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure vs VMware vCloud Suite

Jonathan Gershater — Principal product manager, Red Hat
Wes Day — Principal product marketing manager, Red Hat

Need to build a private cloud to take advantage of flexible networking and storage and offer users self-service? If you’re already virtualized using VMware, you might think it’s a no-brainer to add VMware vCloud Suite to build a private cloud. But there’s more to this equation to consider.

In this session, we’ll provide a Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure demo and a comprehensive comparison of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure and VMware vCloud Suite, including:

  • Technical differentiation.
  • Cost comparisons.
  • Cloud management platform capabilities.
  • Open source private cloud differentiators.

Attendees should have a basic knowledge of private cloud concepts.

Topics: Cost savings, Flexibility, Open hybrid cloud, OpenStack, Portability, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Cloud deep dive Wednesday, April 16 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Deep dive: OpenStack Compute

Stephen Gordon — Product manager, Red Hat

This session will begin with a high-level overview of where OpenStack Compute (Nova) fits into the overall OpenStack architecture, as demonstrated in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. You’ll learn how OpenStack Compute interacts with other OpenStack components and complementary solutions such as Red Hat Storage Server.

The session will also provide a grounding in some common Compute terminology and a deep-dive look into key areas of OpenStack Compute, including the:

  • Compute APIs.
  • Compute Scheduler.
  • Compute Conductor.
  • Compute Service.
  • Compute Instance lifecycle.

Intertwined with the architectural information will be details on horizontally scaling and dividing compute resources as well as customization of the Compute scheduler. You’ll also learn valuable insights into key OpenStack Compute features present in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

Attendees will leave this session with an intermediate to high-level understanding of the OpenStack Compute architecture and an understanding of some of the key issues facing typical Compute deployments.

Topics: Flexibility, OpenStack, Performance, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Cloud deep dive Thursday, April 17 9:45 am - 10:45 am 4.0 / 5.0

Cloud readiness

This track covers the changing concepts and implications of moving workloads to the cloud. Example topics include: data migration, consumption models, operational approaches, and management frameworks. Attendees will gain insight into cloud readiness for their IT infrastructures and businesses, and learn how to maintain control, security, and compliance when moving to hybrid cloud operational models.

How to use Red Hat solutions in a public cloud

Gordon Haff — Cloud evangelist, Red Hat
Jane Circle — Principal product marketing manager, Red Hat

Red Hat provides a variety of options to deploy your solutions and applications across on-premise clouds, public clouds, and hybrid IT environments. These options include programs like Red Hat Cloud Access, which let you bring your enterprise subscriptions to public clouds, and public cloud on-demand consumption models.

In this session, Red Hat’s Jane Circle and Gordon Haff will discuss best practices for moving your workloads and Red Hat products to a public cloud and operating them there. Specific topics will include:

  • Determining which workloads are suitable for running in a public cloud.
  • Choosing the right consumption and pricing model.
  • Which Red Hat products are available for public clouds.
  • How to bring your own image into a public cloud.
  • Your options for keeping your images updated.
  • Ways to maintain portability of data and applications as you move to a public cloud.
  • How and why to use a virtual private cloud (VPC).
  • The benefits you gain by choosing a Red Hat Certified Cloud.

Topics: Flexibility, Interoperability, Open hybrid cloud, Portability, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Cloud readiness Tuesday, April 15 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Pedal to the metal: Red Hat CloudForms for workload & infrastructure management

Alex Barreto — Principal domain architect, Red Hat
Bill Helgeson — Principal domain architect, Red Hat

Enterprise IT professionals have unique cloud resource challenges. To deploy and manage an enterprise application today, you need a solution that ensures compliance with corporate IT governance requirements and has predictable and repeatable performance and costs. Plus, business users want solutions that can be deployed quickly.

In this session, you’ll learn how to overcome these enterprise-class cloud deployment challenges. See how Red Hat CloudForms can automate OpenStack reference architecture design creation, deployment, and management for workloads and infrastructures.

Learn how to visually inventory deployed OpenStack reference architectures and monitor OpenStack usage, including how to budget for platform usage by project, department, or program, and track and allocate costs in a similar way.

Topics: Manageability, Open hybrid cloud, OpenStack, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Cloud readiness Thursday, April 17 9:45 am - 10:45 am 3.0 / 5.0

Community and partner ecosystem

This track showcases community leaders and their innovative upstream work, as well as the certified commercial solutions that the Red Hat partner ecosystem brings to market. Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the value of a Red Hat subscription and learn how to extract the maximum value from their investments.

Delivering intelligent systems with Red Hat: Best practices for partners

Addam Krucek — Senior staff engineer, Shared Systems Platforms, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Terry Bowling — Senior technical account manager, Red Hat
Ryan Hennessy — Solution architect, Red Hat

ISV and embedded partners are steadily increasing their use of Red Hat’s product portfolio to deliver unique products and solutions to customers. From hospital and medical systems, to emergency and government communications systems, to your cellular phone calls, text, and data or background network infrastructure, several items you interact with daily use Red Hat software as a key component.

In this session, youll hear best practices for working with Red Hat to achieve successful results through all phases of your product life cycle (planning and designing, development, testing and tuning, support and patching).

Key topics include:

  • Understanding the Red Hat product life cycles, how and when different types of changes are accepted into our products, and how to join with your own product releases.
  • Understanding the role of the Technical Account Manager (TAM) and engaging with Global Support Services (GSS).
  • Avoiding common pitfalls and speed bumps that could block or delay your product.
  • Providing updates and supporting customers with innovative examples from partners.

Topics: Cost savings, Customer Experience & Engagement, Flexibility, Interoperability, Manageability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Services

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Community and partner ecosystem Tuesday, April 15 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Deploying OpenStack with Cisco networking, compute, & storage

Srinivas Kotamraju — Senior product manager, Cisco
Duane DeCapite — Product manager, Cisco

One of Cisco’s key contributions within OpenStack has been the evolution and development of Neutron, the OpenStack Networking Service. Using Neutron’s plug-in model, Cisco has integrated both its Network Function Virtualization, Unified Fabric, and Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) products to simplify the deployment of highly scalable, manageable, and secure networks.

This session will show how the addition of Cisco networking solutions can help orchestrate Red Hat’s entire OpenStack deployment, including networking, compute, and storage.

In this session, you’ll learn how:

  • To increase the networking scalability of OpenStack with both hardware and software products including Nexus 3k/5k/6k/7k/9k, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, and Cisco N1Kv, CSR1Kv, AVS on Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology.
  • How UCS Manager makes it easy to configure a bare-metal node for OpenStack pilot and production deployments with both blade and rack mount servers.
  • How Cisco’s ACI architecture can be deployed and integrated with OpenStack.

Topics: OpenStack, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Community and partner ecosystem Tuesday, April 15 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Using Red Hat Storage Server with HP ultrascale solutions for big data

Michael St. Jean — Partner business manager, HP
Veda Shankar — Senior principal product marketing manager, Red Hat

Struggling to cost-effectively manage growing amounts of data while extracting more value from them? Join us to learn how running Red Hat Storage Server on HP ProLiant SL4540 Gen8 servers offers massive scalability, high performance, and volume economics for storage of all kinds of unstructured data. In particular, you’ll learn about the 2-node ProLiant SL4540 Gen8 Server series, which offers scalable and cost-effective solutions for creating a large file and object store, deploying an enterprise drop box or cloud storage for service providers, and establishing a nearline archive.

Topics: Big data, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Storage Server

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Community and partner ecosystem Wednesday, April 16 10:40 am - 11:40 am 3.0 / 5.0

Got downtime? Building QoS into the cloud

Kershaw Mehta — Chief cloud architect, IBM

By 2017, half of all companies will likely have hybrid cloud deployments. As companies move to deploy mission-critical applications to the cloud, ensuring 24×7 quality of service, security, and compliance are built into the cloud is mandatory.

In this session, IBM’s Kershaw Metha will join Steve Dickens to provide an overview and host a discussion about how new integrated IBM hardware and OpenStack software innovations are enabling differentiated capabilities for Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based hybrid cloud deployments.

Topics: Interoperability, OpenStack, Projects, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Community and partner ecosystem Wednesday, April 16 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Simplified IT & real-time business management with SAP

Karl-Heinz Hoffmann — Head of SAP Databases GTM, SAP

Today’s hyper-connected and digitized world creates unprecedented new opportunities as well as challenges. Across every industry, the winners are those that can truly harness the power of data to identify opportunities, make quick decisions, and execute efficient business operations. This demands a radically new approach to managing information.

In this session, we’ll share SAP’s data management strategy and describe the enabling technologies–SAP HANA, SAP ASE, SAP IQ, SAP SQL Anywhere–that let you transact, integrate, analyze, and deliver any data to any application, user, or machine, located anywhere in real-time. And you can do this with low TCO. We’ll also discuss how we’re working with Red Hat to deliver this vision to our customers.

Topics: Interoperability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Community and partner ecosystem Thursday, April 17 9:45 am - 10:45 am 3.0 / 5.0

Symantec Storage Foundation High Availability in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

Abhijit Dey — Director of engineering, Symantec

OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter—all managed through a dashboard that gives control to administrators while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface. OpenStack’s block storage component (Cinder) allows block devices to be exposed and connected to running virtual machines on the compute nodes for providing expanded storage, better performance, and integration with enterprise storage platforms.

In this session, you’ll be introduced to the integration of Symantec Storage Solutions with OpenStack’s Cinder component, which can be achieved with Cinder Drivers provided by Symantec both over NFS and iSCSI backbone. You’ll also get deep dives regarding architectures, configurations, and analysis to help you configure Symantec Storage Foundation High Availability in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack environments.

Topics: OpenStack, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Community and partner ecosystem Thursday, April 17 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Emerging technologies

This track features sessions covering the trends and strategies driving the future of enterprise computing. Example topics include: big data, mobile, software-defined storage, and intelligent systems. Attendees will be among the first to know about what's coming from Red Hat and how to better plan for shifts in the IT landscape.

Watson Developers Cloud: Build a new generation of apps

Swaminathan Chandrasekaran — Executive architect, CTO Office, Watson Solutions, IBM
Filipe Miranda — Senior solution architect, Red Hat

For the first time, IBM is making its IBM Watson technology available as a development platform in the cloud. Watson Developers Cloud will enable a worldwide community of software application providers to build a new generation of apps infused with Watson’s cognitive computing intelligence. This will spur innovation and fuel a new ecosystem of entrepreneurial software application providers–ranging from start-up companies to established enterprises.

Together with IBM, these business partners share a vision for creating a new class of cognitive applications that transform how businesses and consumers make decisions. In this session, you’ll learn more about this game-changing initiative and you’ll see a live demonstration of the Watson API in action.

Topics: Big data, Development tools, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Emerging technologies Tuesday, April 15 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Hyperscale computing: Challenges, opportunities, & emerging trends

Host:

Jon Masters — Chief ARM architect, Red Hat

Panelists:

Leendert Van Doorn — Corporate Fellow and vice president, AMD
Bradley McCredie — VIce president and IBM Fellow, IBM
Craig McLuckie — Product architect and strategist, Google
Jeff Underhill — Director of Enterprise Server Programs, ARM

Hyperscale computing promises to revolutionize the way the cloud is physically realized over the coming years. It combines enhancements at the software and hardware levels, like on-chip management and fabric infrastructure, and brings established industry titans together with upstart newcomers.

In this panel, thought leaders from the emerging hyperscale industry will share their thoughts and answer questions as they seek to address the challenges, opportunities, and emerging trends in hyperscale computing.

Topics: Big data, Fedora, Interoperability, Manageability, Open hybrid cloud, OpenStack, Portability, Projects, RDO, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Emerging technologies Wednesday, April 16 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Architecting for the next generation of big data with Hadoop 2.0

Rohit Bakhshi — Product manager, Hortonworks
Yan Fisher — Senior principal product marketing manager, Red Hat

Big data solutions are quickly becoming critical assets in modern enterprises that require a modern Linux operating platform and a robust, high-performance Java environment.

In this session, you’ll learn the best practices of deploying Hadoop 2 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with OpenJDK 7. Using Hortonworks Hadoop Data Platform (HDP) 2 as a basis, we’ll:

  • Cover best practices around installation, deployment, and basic performance tuning.
  • Highlight OpenJDK optimizations that will help you achieve the best possible performance in your cluster.
  • Provide guidance on deploying HDP in virtualized environments and highlight benefits of this deployment model.

Topics: Big data, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Emerging technologies Wednesday, April 16 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 3.0 / 5.0

IT efficiency

This track features how-to (step-by-step) sessions that describe aligning the activities relating to people, processes, and technologies with long-term business objectives. Example topics include: management, optimization, and reporting. Attendees will learn about practical, proven solutions that will help them meet tomorrow's business demands.

Red Hat subscription tools: Faster issue resolution & continuous uptime

Keith Robertson — Supervisor, Software Engineering, Red Hat
Linda Wang — Senior Software Engineering manager, Red Hat

Through your Red Hat subscription, you have access to a range of tools and services that can help you resolve issues quickly and efficiently.

In this session, we’ll:

  • Provide an overview of the Red Hat tools available for automatic problem determination and problem resolution.
  • Deliver a roadmap on how subscriber services are being seamlessly integrated into the Red Hat portfolio to make it easier for you to resolve problems and interact with Red Hat subscription services.
  • Demonstrate Red Hat’s new in-product intelligence and diagnostics engine that enables you to find relevant Red Hat knowledge and solutions from within your product, based on data gathered around your specific issue
  • Discuss how you can achieve continuous uptime using dynamic kernel updates with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta.
  • Discuss and demonstrate the Red Hat Support Tool and the various new Red Hat Access plug-ins that provide Red Hat knowledge, diagnostic services, and support case creation from within your Red Hat products using your relevant system information.
  • Share recommended practices and Red Hat’s roadmap for delivering more integrated subscriber services, which create a seamless experience between using and managing your Red Hat systems.

Bottom line: You’ll leave this session knowing how to use the portfolio of available support tools and will have a better understanding of how subscriber services are being integrated into Red Hat’s portfolio to deliver maximum value.

Topics: Cost savings, Customer Experience & Engagement, Development tools, Flexibility, Manageability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Services

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
IT efficiency Tuesday, April 15 10:40 am - 11:40 am 1.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Satellite roadmap & demo

David Caplan — Principal product manager, Red Hat

Red Hat Satellite was introduced in 2002 as a means to patch and provision systems and build standard operating environments. While these are still primary focuses of Red Hat Satellite today, the requirements for system management are evolving and growing increasingly complex. In this session, you’ll:

  • Get a detailed walk-through of the completely redesigned user interface, including technical insight into version 6 innovations in content management, content publishing, promotion across environments, mirroring across federated points of presence, provisioning, and configuration.
  • Learn about Red Hat Satellite 6 content views as critical constructs for enforcing strong governance in defining standard system builds, while organizing Puppet content for building layered application stacks.
  • See a demo of system management tasks to reinforce Red Hat Satellite 6 functions around automation, orchestration, observability, and reusability.
  • Hear an introduction to our  beta program.
  • Get a Red Hat Satellite 6 product roadmap.

Topics: Cost savings, Flexibility, Manageability, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Satellite, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
IT efficiency Tuesday, April 15 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Applied SCAP: Automating security compliance & remediation

Jeffrey Blank — Technical director, Information Assurance Directorate, NSA
Shawn Wells — Project developer, SCAP Security Guide, Red Hat

In this highly interactive session, you’ll learn how Red Hat collaboratively works with the National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and other stakeholders to develop government and industry policy to secure Red Hat products using open source principles. In addition, you’ll hear how a similar methodology can be applied to other government and industry regulations like PCI, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).

Using the SCAP (Security Content Automation Protocol) Security Guide as a case study, you’ll also learn how human-interpreted policy can be embodied in machine-interpreted SCAP. See how that same SCAP content can be used to help securely lock down systems when provisioned and aided with continuous monitoring using Red Hat Satellite. The DISA STIG (security technical information guide) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux will also be used as a case study in this session.

This session is an update to the 2013 presentation, extended to demonstrate:

  • Patch and vulnerability scanning through SCAP.
  • Centralized security compliance scans through Red Hat Satellite.
  • Automated remediation capabilities via bash.
  • Content tailoring via SCAP Workbench.

Topics: Cost savings, Fedora, Flexibility, Interoperability, Manageability, Open hybrid cloud, OpenStack, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Consulting, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Storage, Red Hat Training, Reliability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
IT efficiency Wednesday, April 16 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Maximizing RAS with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta

Christoph Doerbeck — Principal solution architect, Red Hat
Karl Abbott — Senior technical account manager, Red Hat
Linda Wang — Senior Software Engineering manager, Red Hat

In today’s global economy, end users and customers are demanding 24×7 access to their applications. Organizations around the world are looking for ways to provide resources and services with minimal downtime—scheduled or unscheduled. Dynamic kernel updates in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta is a new way to achieve such highly available services by providing kernel patching while the system is running.

In this session, you’ll learn about new capabilities planned for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, and best practices around system configuration to enhance reliability, availability, and serviceability. Topics will include:

  • Dynamic kernel updates and system monitoring, including logs, smartd, and mcelog.
  • abrt, including new integration with Red Hat Satellite.
  • kexec/kdump.
  • Multipathing and nic bonding.
  • Optimizing your interaction with Red Hat GSS.

You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of how to maximize uptime, avoid common outages, and drive root cause analysis in an efficient manner.

Topics: Manageability, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Customer Experience & Engagement, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Services, Reliability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
IT efficiency Wednesday, April 16 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 5.0 / 5.0

Automating Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments with Cisco ACI & OpenStack

Srinivas Kotamraju — Senior product manager, Cisco

The drive to simplify IT tasks has led to Cisco developing an open application-centric policy model as the foundation for datacenter automation.

In this session, you’ll learn how:

  • To incorporate an application-centric SDN policy model for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OVS deployments.
  • The ACI model can easily be incorporated into an OpenStack management framework.
  • Cisco is opening up the ACI framework and working with various open source communities.

Topics: Interoperability, OpenStack, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
IT efficiency Thursday, April 17 9:45 am - 10:45 am 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Storage Server performance

Ben England — Principal software engineer, Red Hat

In this session, you’ll learn how to obtain the best possible performance with Red Hat Storage Server—with information relevant to all phases of deployment. Specifically, we’ll cover the following Red Hat Storage Server topics:

  • Best practices for deployment and software configuration, including virtualized deployments.
  • Integration strategies with hardware technologies such as SSD.
  • Configuration and tuning techniques for the best possible performance.
  • Behavior analysis under relevant, real-world workloads.
  • Upcoming enhancements currently in upstream development.

Topics: Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Storage Server, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
IT efficiency Thursday, April 17 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Road to RHEL 7

This track highlights the features and capabilities that position Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 as the platform for next-generation IT. Sessions will cover topics specific to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta, ranging from Linux containers, the OpenLMI framework, and cross-domain identity management to the powerful system and performance management tools. Attendees can use examples of real-world use cases and the experiences of beta participants to plan their own implementations.

Administer production servers effectively with OpenLMI

Russell Doty — Technology product manager, Red Hat
Stephen Gallagher — Principal software engineer, Red Hat

Linux systems often come with powerful capabilities—and steep learning curves—for system administrators. Despite progress toward automating and standardizing system management, there is still a need to customize some systems. SysAdmins need to configure complex local storage and networks with multiple NICs, manage users (both locally and using MS Active Directory or IPA), install software, manage system services, get hardware configuration, and perform a wide range of detailed tasks against a specific server.

In this session, you’ll learn how OpenLMI,the Linux Management Infrastructure program, delivers remote administration of production servers, ranging from high-end enterprise servers with complex network and storage configurations to virtual guests. We’ll discuss how OpenLMI:

  • Supports physical servers and directly manipulates storage, network, and system hardware
  • Manages and monitors virtual machine guests.
  • Includes a framework that provides a standardized remote API for system management that is built on top of existing tools and utilities.
  • Provides fine-grained control of running systems, complementing the installation, entitlement, and patching capabilities of Red Hat Satellite Server.

Topics: Cost savings, Fedora, Flexibility, Manageability, Projects, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reliability, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Tuesday, April 15 10:40 am - 11:40 am 3.0 / 5.0

Next-generation high availability Linux clustering

Thomas Cameron — Chief solution architect, Red Hat

High availability application clustering has changed significantly in Linux since the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. In this session, you’ll learn about new clustering technologies in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta. Topics covered will include:

  • Cluster definition, management, and fencing.
  • Pacemaker and Corosync, the technologies driving clustering.
  • Clustered file systems (GFS-2) migration to a separate project.
  • Integrating a clustered file system into a high availability cluster.
  • Setting up web farm quickly with pacemaker.
  • Load balancing with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta.

Topics: Clustering, Fedora, Projects, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reliability, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Tuesday, April 15 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 4.0 / 5.0

The new world of NFS

Steve Dickson — Consulting software engineer, Red Hat

The footprint of the Linux network file system implementation has changed over the years. NFSv4, pNFS, Label NFS, FedFS, and Secure NFS are constantly evolving.

In this session, you’ll learn about these technologies, including where they are in their current evolution process and stability, on both the server and client. Take part in an open discussion about the current Red Hat Enterprise Linux NFS offerings, with the goal of understanding how Red Hat Enterprise Linux NFS can be improved.

Topics: Clustering, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Storage Server

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Tuesday, April 15 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Interoperability update: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta & Microsoft Windows

Mark Heslin — Principal software engineer, Red Hat
Dmitri Pal — Senior engineering manager, Red Hat

In this session, you’ll get an update on the latest methods available for integrating Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers into Active Directory domain environments. Emphasis will be placed on how the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta features can streamline the integration process. Topics covered include:

Integration overview

  • Integration approaches (direct vs. indirect, third-party)
  • Best practices and integration guidelines

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6: The foundation

  •  Components (Samba, Winbind, IdM, AD DS, Kerberos, LDAP, SSSD)
  •  Configurations and use cases

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta: Extending the foundation

  •  realmd (new feature)
  •  Cross-realm trusts
  •  Configurations and use cases
  •  Futures (SSSD, non-Samba file sharing)

Whether you are running an existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment or deploying a new one, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta streamlines integration with Windows Active Directory domain environments.

Topics: Flexibility, Interoperability, Manageability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Tuesday, April 15 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Security in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta

Daniel Walsh — Senior principal software engineer, Red Hat

In this session you’ll learn about security improvements in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta, including:

  • Security improvements in systemd, journald, gssproxy, and Linux containers.
  • Security improvements in IPA, OpenScap, sssd, Kerberos, sshd.
  • New encryption algorithms.
  • Enhanced SELinux features.
  • GCC hardening applied.
  • kvm/sVirt improvements.
  • Kernel changes.
  • New boot features.
  • Usability changes that take advantage of security features.
  • Integration with Active Directory improvements.
  • Using systemd to make your services more secure.
  • New confined domains.
  • Labeled NFS and GlusterFS.
  • Preventing apps from using ptrace on each other.
  • Tightened SELinux policy to allow creation of only specific files.
  • SELinux usability improvements, including:
    • Correct labeling by default improvement.
    • Better troubleshooting through integration between setroubleshoot and journald.
    • New application-centric SELinux GUI.
    • Introduction of new dbus interface for management.
    • Improved SELinux man pages, policy generation tools.
    • File labeling database speed improvement.

Topics: Manageability, OpenShift by Red Hat, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Tuesday, April 15 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Linux containers in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta

Bhavna Sarathy — Senior technology product manager, Red Hat
Bob Kozdemba — Principal solution architect, Red Hat
Linda Wang — Senior Software Engineering manager, Red Hat

Linux containers is a feature in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta that provides application deployment flexibility for customers, and allows users to run applications securely in an isolated container. Linux containers facilitate multi-tenancy, density, and deployment speed.

The Linux container technology in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta combines resource management, process isolation, file system separation, security, and management tooling with Docker to provide robust features to run applications in an isolated container. Docker uses the Linux container capabilities in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta to provide standardization, ease of use, and portability.

Join this session to learn more about Linux containers and Docker technologies in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta. The presentation will conclude with a live demonstration.

Topics: Cost savings, Flexibility, OpenShift by Red Hat, Performance, Portability, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reliability, Scalability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Wednesday, April 16 10:40 am - 11:40 am 3.0 / 5.0

New networking features & tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta

Eric Dube — Principal product manager, Platform, Red Hat
Rashid Khan — Manager, Software Engineering, Red Hat

In today’s world of information overload, networking has become an essential component. Immediate access to information lets organizations make informed business decisions that are critical for success.

In this session, you’ll learn about new networking features and tools found in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta, as well as areas of future development. We’ll highlight new technologies and protocols, management tools, performance improvements, and more, including updates on:

  •  Network management.
  •  Latency improvement and optimization.
  •  Virtual networking and overlay technology.
  •  Precise-time synchronization.

Topics: Flexibility, Interoperability, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat JBoss Middleware

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Wednesday, April 16 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Demystifying systemd: A practical guide

Ben Breard — Solution architect, Red Hat
Lennart Poettering — Senior software engineer, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta provides several new capabilities and features, along which comes change. One of the most talked-about changes is the replacement of Upstart with systemd. Fortunately, systemd enables admins and users a host of exciting tools and functionality that simply was not possible in the past. Get ahead of the curve and learn how to get the most out of systemd and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta. In this session, you’ll learn about basic resource allocation (cgroups) at a service level and how to:

  • Translate init commands and processes to systemd.
  • Convert legacy init scripts.
  • Customize service unit files.
  • Use the journal.

Topics: Interoperability, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Services, Red Hat Training, Reliability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Wednesday, April 16 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Automatic NUMA balancing for bare-metal workloads & KVM virtualization

Vinod Chegu — Master technologist, HP
Rik van Riel — Principal software engineer, Red Hat

Red Hat and its partners, such as HP, have demonstrated world-class virtualization performance with SPECvirt and other benchmarks running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology. In doing so, KVM has proven to be feature rich and highly scalable, and has leading performance, becoming the hypervisor of choice for OpenStack development and enterprise virtualization.

Combining Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta with KVM on the next generation of HP servers, Red Hat and HP engineers will demonstrate the latest results for out-of-the-box performance using automatic NUMA, balancing in the host kernel as well as within Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta guests.

You’ll hear about the latest NUMA enhancements directly from the engineers who are leading the way in NUMA kernel development and testing. See their latest test results on bare metal and with KVM guests, learn how it works, and hear how the Linux kernel design compares to other algorithms.

Topics: Flexibility, Performance, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Wednesday, April 16 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Migrating existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations to new major versions

David Cantrell — Manager, Software Engineering, Red Hat
Paul Frields — Engineering manager, Red Hat

Many Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 customers will soon consider migrating to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Red Hat now offers tools for engineers to evaluate migration options and plan their upgrades accordingly. In this session, you’ll see those tools in action during a live demo of an upgrade.

Topics: Cost savings, Fedora, Flexibility, Portability, Projects, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reliability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Wednesday, April 16 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta file systems: New scale, speed, & features

Ric Wheeler — Director, Software Engineering, Red Hat
Steve Dickson — Consulting software engineer, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta brings many changes in the file and storage world. Most significant is the choice of XFS as our default file system for all support architectures. This will expand the size of a single file system up to 500TB in supported configurations. The file system stack will also take advantage of support for a wide variety of new storage devices and is tuned to run with better latency and higher speeds on very high speed SSD storage devices. In this session, Ric Wheeler will detail these NFS and GFS2 changes.

Topics: Big data, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Storage, Reliability, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Thursday, April 17 9:45 am - 10:45 am 4.0 / 5.0

The next-generation firewall for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta

Thomas Graf — Principal software engineer, technical leader, Red Hat

The Linux packet filtering technology, iptables, has its roots in times when networking was relatively simple and network bandwidth was measured in mere megabits. Emerging technologies, such as distributed NAT, overlay networks and containers require enhanced functionality and additional flexibility. In parallel, the next generation of network cards with speeds of 40Gb and 100Gb will put additional pressure on performance.

In the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, a new dynamic firewall service, FirewallD, is planned to provide greater flexibility over iptables by eliminating service disruptions during rule updates, abstraction, and support for different network trust zones. Additionally, a new virtual machine-based packet filtering technology, nftables, addresses the functionality and flexibility requirements of modern network workloads.

In this session you’ll:

  • Deep dive into the newly introduced packet filtering capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta.
  • Learn best practices.
  • See the new set of configuration utilities that allow new optimization possibilities.

Topics: Flexibility, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Road to RHEL 7 Thursday, April 17 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 5.0 / 5.0

Taste of DevNation

Co-located with Red Hat Summit, DevNation offers an agenda tailored to application developers and maintainers who build with open source. Attendees from both events will be able to attend sessions in this track, which will offer sessions relevant to both audiences.

Portable, lightweight, & interoperable Docker containers across Red Hat solutions

Jérôme Petazzoni — Software engineer, Docker, Inc
Alexander Larsson — Principal software engineer, Red Hat

Docker is an open source engine that enables any application and its dependencies to be encapsulated as a lightweight container that will run consistently and virtually anywhere. It’s emerged as one of the fastest-growing open source projects, and is already having significant impact in the worlds of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), DevOps, scale out, and cross-cloud computing.

In this session, you’ll learn both the basics of Docker, as well as the significant ways Docker and Red Hat are collaborating to make interoperable and lightweight container technologies an integral part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenShift by Red Hat, and OpenStack.

Topics: Development tools, OpenShift by Red Hat, OpenShift Origin, OpenStack, Portability, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of DevNation Wednesday, April 16 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Developer toolset: Build, run, & analyze apps on multiple Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions

Matt Newsome — Senior manager, Software Engineering, Red Hat

As a C, C++, or Fortran developer, you want to be able to easily access and use supported versions of the latest and greatest tools, and you want to write and test your application once for deployment to multiple versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

In this session, we’ll look at features of the latest Red Hat Developer Toolset release that provide an additional, improvided set of tools than those offered in the base Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases. These tools help developers build, run, and analyze the performance of their applications for multiple major and minor versions.

You’ll learn:

  • How Red Hat Developer Toolset can be used to develop applications with the same GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) version, optionally using the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment, on multiple Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases.
  • How resulting applications can be run and their performance analyzed on multiple releases without modification, carrying special libraries or changing the operating system runtime.
  • How customers can obtain Red Hat Developer Toolset for their own application developments.
  • About some of the newer tools features available in recent releases.
  • About, at a high level, some of the technical hurdles Red Hat has overcome to create this product and their implications for developers.

This solution-focused session will appeal to all C, C++, and Fortran software developers and managers, and will include a hands-on video demonstration of Red Hat Developer Toolset in action.

Topics: Development tools, Flexibility, Interoperability, OpenShift by Red Hat, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of DevNation Wednesday, April 16 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Taste of training I

This track features a sampling from Red Hat's robust training and consulting services that are offered on both an individual and team basis.

Working with PAM

Scott McBrien — Content developer, Red Hat

In this session, you’ll:

  • Start with a tracethrough of how Pluggable Authentication Modules authenticate users to applications.
  • Make modifications to existing PAM configuration files.
  • Trace through PAM authentication of a user to an application.
  • Make changes to the password complexity requirements for users.
  • Configure the machine to track failed log in attempts as examples of editing a PAM configuration.

Topics: Manageability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Training, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of training I Tuesday, April 15 10:40 am - 11:40 am 3.0 / 5.0

Apply tuning profiles with tuned

Bowe Strickland — Principal systems design engineer, Red Hat

Tuned is a system daemon for applying tuning profiles. In this hands-on session, we’ll cover both how to select a pre-built profile and create your own tuning profiles.

Topics: Flexibility, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Training

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of training I Tuesday, April 15 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Working with PAM (replay)

Scott McBrien — Content developer, Red Hat

In this session, you’ll:

  • Start with a tracethrough of how Pluggable Authentication Modules authenticate users to applications.
  • Make modifications to existing PAM configuration files.
  • Trace through PAM authentication of a user to an application.
  • Make changes to the password complexity requirements for users.
  • Configure the machine to track failed log in attempts as examples of editing a PAM configuration.

Topics: Manageability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Training, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of training I Wednesday, April 16 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Working with FirewallD

Rob Locke — Content developer, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta introduced a new firewall mechanism called FirewalID that controls the flow of network packets in, out, and through the local system. In this hands-on session, you’ll explore how this new mechanism compares to the tools used in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. We’ll also cover how to modify this new firewall’s rules from both the command line, with firewall-cmd, and from a graphical front end, using firewall-config.

Topics: Manageability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Training, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of training I Wednesday, April 16 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Administration in the world of systemd

Steve Bonneville — Manager, Technical Training, Red Hat

With the inclusion of systemd in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta, administrators will need to add new tools to their kits. In this hands-on session, you’ll explore the basics of using systemctl, journalctl, and systemd unit types, and learn how to use these tools to troubleshoot boot issues.

Topics: Manageability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Training

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of training I Wednesday, April 16 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Working with FirewallD (replay)

Rob Locke — Content developer, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta introduced a new firewall mechanism called FirewalID that controls the flow of network packets in, out, and through the local system. In this hands-on session, you’ll explore how this new mechanism compares to the tools used in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. We’ll also cover how to modify this new firewall’s rules from both the command line, with firewall-cmd, and from a graphical front end, using firewall-config.

Topics: Manageability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Training, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of training I Wednesday, April 16 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Town hall

This track features moderated panels of Red Hat customers, partners, and solution experts. Example topics include: real-world deployments, best practices, and lessons learned. Attendees will learn competitive advantages for driving increased business value.

Building open clouds with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, OpenStack, & IBM

Host:

Adam Jollans — Program director, Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization Strategy, IBM

Panelists:

Michael Day — IBM Distinguished Engineer, chief virtualization architect, Open Systems, IBM
Jeff Jameson — Senior principal product marketing manager, Red Hat

Cost, scalability, and security are key considerations when delivering cloud services. Cloud service providers building public and private clouds need to keep infrastructure cost down in order to price competitively, and must ensure stellar security and scalability in multi-tenant environments. Open technologies, such as OpenStack, Linux, and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), help deliver on these requirements for open clouds. And, infrastructure matters. That’s why open clouds run on IBM systems.

In this panel, industry experts will discuss:

  • When and how to use open components to build competitive cloud services.
  • The usage of KVM, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and OpenStack with IBM hardware and software in enterprise virtualization and cloud initiatives, covering who is using it and where and how it’s being used.
  • Business benefits being realized with KVM, OpenStack, Red Hat, and IBM technology.
  • The widespread adoption of KVM.

Come prepared to ask questions and interact in this lively, interactive discussion.

Topics: Cost savings, Open hybrid cloud, OpenStack, Performance, Red Hat Cloud Infastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Scalability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Town hall Tuesday, April 15 10:40 am - 11:40 am 2.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 high-touch beta user perspectives

Host:

Ron Pacheco — Senior manager, Product Management, Red Hat

Panelists:

Vadim Ratinov — Engineer senior analyst, AVP, Citi
Seth Shevach — Manager, Information Services and Technology, Red Hat
Jason Spears — Senior systems engineer, AutoTrader Group
Nathan Thaler — Team leader, Enterprise System Administration, MIT
Micheal Waltz — Senior IT engineer, Qualcomm

In the past year, Red Hat has worked directly with more than 60 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta users, from across the globe and across market segments, to ensure the technologies they’re interested in are available in the general availability release. In this panel, you’ll hear the perspectives of a few of the participants. They’ll discuss their:

  • Experience in this collaborative effort.
  • General thoughts about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta.
  • Plans for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Town hall Tuesday, April 15 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Real-world perspectives: Managing infrastructures with Red Hat Satellite

Host:

Todd Warner — Senior product manager, Red Hat

Panelists:

Remmele J. Hinton — Senior systems administrator, Mantech International Corporation
Felipe Pereira — Support analyst, BNDES
Greg Procunier — UNIX administrator IV, Symcor
Joshua Toffler — Senior systems engineer, Defense Engineering Inc.

Join this panel to learn how some of our customers are using Red Hat Satellite, an easy-to-use systems management platform, to manage their infrastructures and open source environments. Find out how they’re managing tens, hundreds – even thousands – of servers as easily as one.

Topics: Cost savings, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Satellite, Reliability, Scalability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Town hall Wednesday, April 16 10:40 am - 11:40 am 2.0 / 5.0

Real-world perspectives: Red Hat technology in U.S. healthcare

Host:

Don Frederick — Senior solution architect, Red Hat

Panelists:

Rob Barker — Director, Application Development, Cigna
Brijesh Kalidindi — Senior IT manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan
Seong K. Mun — CEO, OSEHRA

In this panel, you’ll interact with a panel of customers as they discuss Red Hat technologies in U.S. healthcare—from hospital to insurance to government agencies. Learn why they rely on open source technology as a foundation of their infrastructures. They’ll share information about the technology decisions they’ve made and tips and best practices for successful technology implementations.

Topics: Big data, Cost savings, Development tools, Flexibility, Manageability, Performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Reliability, Scalability, Security

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Town hall Wednesday, April 16 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Birds of a Feather

Red Hat Software Collections

Mike Guerette — Manager, Developer Programs, Red Hat

Red Hat Software Collections is the new way Red Hat is making the latest stable versions available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It includes a host of new components:

  • Python 2.7 and 3.3
  • Ruby 1.9.3
  • PHP 5.4
  • Perl 5.16
  • MySQL 5.5
  • MariaDB
  • PostgrSQL 9.2
  • Node.js 0.10 (tech preview)

Come to this BoF session and let’s talk use cases, discuss the problems you’re trying to solve, and answer any other questions you want to bring. This will be a great opportunity to ask follow-up questions from previous session on Red Hat Software Collections.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Birds of a Feather Tuesday, April 15 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm 3.0 / 5.0