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Sessions by topic: Red Hat Storage Server

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.

Open, software-defined storage: The new priority for modern datacenters

Scott Clinton — Senior director, Product Management & Marketing, Red Hat

Datacenter modernization is a priority for everyone working with virtualization, cloud, hybrid, and fabric architectures and technologies. Yet, traditional approaches to traditional data management are like anchoring your modern speedboat with cement. Enter open software-defined storage, a new approach to storage that brings applications closer to data while adding agility and intelligence.

In this new world of big data and open cloud environments like OpenStack, open, software-defined storage enables you to deploy storage how you need to, when you need to, and where you need to: in the cloud, in virtual or physical environments.

In this session, you’ll learn how customers are changing their relationships with traditional storage vendors and capitalizing on today’s economics with Red Hat Storage Server. You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of software-defined storage and if you’re ready to capitalize on it.

Topics: Big data, OpenStack, Red Hat Storage Server

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Application and platform infrastructure Tuesday, April 15 10:40 am - 11:40 am 2.0 / 5.0

Snapshots in Red Hat Storage Server: Overview & quickstart

Anand Subramanian — Senior principal engineer, Red Hat
Rajesh Joseph — Principal software engineer, Red Hat

The snapshots feature in Red Hat Storage Server provides an integrated solution for point-in-time recovery of GlusterFS volumes. Join us to check it out. And while you’ll be exposed to architectural details of how snapshots are implemented,this session won’t be a deep dive into snapshot internals.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to configure and use snapshots in Red Hat Storage Server.
  • How to do point-in-time recovery using snapshots.
  • The architectural overview of snapshots in Red Hat Storage Server.
  • The key features and offerings in Red Hat Storage Server snapshots.
  • Best practice recommendations for configuring Red Hat Storage Server volumes for optimal use with snapshots.
  • The limitations in the snapshots feature release.
  • Some important issues to consider when migrating from older Red Hat Storage Server releases to a snapshot-supported one.
  • The product roadmap and extensions to snapshots.

Topics: Clustering, Cost savings, Flexibility, Manageability, Open hybrid cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Storage Server, Reliability, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Application and platform infrastructure Tuesday, April 15 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Storage Server: Roadmap & integration with OpenStack

Sayandeb Saha — Senior manager, Product Management, Red Hat Storage, Red Hat
Vijay Bellur — Senior principal software engineer, Red Hat

Red Hat Storage Server is an open, software-defined storage product for private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, based on the open source GlusterFS project, a distributed scale-out file system technology.

In this session, you’ll:

  • Hear about the near- and medium-term Red Hat Storage Server roadmap.
  • Get deep insight into its integration roadmap with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and its feature roadmap for running big data analytics workloads.
  • Have an opportunity to share your perspectives with senior business and technical leaders from the Red Hat Storage team to help shape the future of Red Hat Storage Server.

Topics: Big data, OpenStack, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Storage Server

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Application and platform infrastructure Tuesday, April 15 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Storage Server replication: Past, present, & future

Jeff Darcy — Principal software engineer, Red Hat
Venky Shankar — Senior software engineer, Red Hat

In this session, we’ll detail Red Hat Storage Server data replication strategies for both near replication (LAN) and far replication (over WAN), and explain how replication has evolved over the last few years. You’ll learn about:

  • Past mechanisms.
  • Near replication (client-side replication).
  • Far replication using timestamps (xtime).
  • Present mechanisms.
  • Near replication (server side) built using qourum and journaling.
  • Faster far replication using journaling.
  • Unified replication.
  • Replication using snapshots.
  • Stripe replication using erasure coding.

Topics: Clustering, Flexibility, Performance, Red Hat Storage Server, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Application and platform infrastructure Wednesday, April 16 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Best of

Join some of Red Hat Summit’s top-rated presenters as they lead sessions featuring our most popular topics. Most of these sessions are standing-room-only, so get there early to make sure you don’t miss out!

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

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.

Tuning Red Hat Storage Server & Apache for AWS

John Byrne — Senior systems administrator, Scholastic
Craig Carl — Solution architect, Amazon Web Services
John Hoffer — Senior solution architect, Red Hat
Michael Pagan — Solution architect, Red Hat

In this session, you’ll hear about how Scholastic and Red Hat worked to tune Red Hat Storage Server for Apache running in the Amazon Web Service (AWS) public cloud. You’ll learn about:

  • The Scholastic cloud storage architecture.
  • The process followed to measure performance in AWS, identify bottlenecks, and tune Red Hat Storage Server and Apache to eliminate those bottlenecks, which resulted in performance that exceeded the original requirements.
  • Future plans for Scholastic’s cloud storage environment.

Speakers from Scholastic, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Red Hat will also demo Scholastic’s live customer-facing infrastructure.

Topics: Open hybrid cloud, Performance, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Storage Server, Reliability, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Cloud deep dive Wednesday, April 16 10:40 am - 11:40 am 3.0 / 5.0

Deterministic capacity planning for OpenStack as elastic cloud infrastructure

Keith Basil — Principal product manager, Red Hat
Sean Cohen — Senior product manager, Red Hat
Tushar Katarki — Principal product manager, Red Hat

Capacity planning for elastic cloud infrastructure platforms like OpenStack is critical for successful deployments. The proper sizing of compute resources within OpenStack allows for easier scheduling, optimal efficiency in hardware utilization, and consistency of resource allocation.

Google Compute Engine and Amazon Web Services offer deterministic compute resources designed to meet both cloud provider business requirements and cloud consumer service-level requirements. In this session, we’ll explore these public provider approaches, extend them to OpenStack, and provide sizing data and tools to help with your deployment.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • Approaches for providing consistent compute service levels in OpenStack.
  • Building instance families for your workloads.
  • Sizing compute node for OpenStack.

Topics: Interoperability, Manageability, OpenStack, Projects, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Storage Server, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Cloud deep dive Wednesday, April 16 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 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.

Red Hat Storage Server for AWS

Craig Carl — Solution architect, Amazon Web Services
Tushar Katarki — Principal product manager, Red Hat
Veda Shankar — Senior principal product marketing manager, Red Hat

The ability to create global namespace, high availability, and volume economics enables unique capabilities when Red Hat Storage Server is used on Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this session, you’ll learn about the capabilities and the potential of using AWS ephemeral storage, availability zones, and regions to deliver a truly distributed cloud storage solution that is geographically diverse, cost effective, and highly available.

Topics: Red Hat Storage Server, Reliability, Scalability

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

Red Hat Storage Server on IBM: A proven platform

Bill Bauman — Technical product marketing manager, IBM

IBM is leading the industry in disk-dense, big data servers. Red Hat is leading the industry with emerging software-defined solutions. Red Hat Storage Server on the IBM System x3650 M4 BD platform delivers a solution designed for big data, high performance, a small footprint, and horizontal scalability.

In this session, we’ll discuss how Red Hat Storage Server powers this x86 system configurable with up to 56 terabytes of low-cost storage, transforming it from a box of disk drives into an affordable, powerful, scalable, and open, software-defined storage environment. We’ll also detail a case study from a customer running virtualized servers and virtualized storage on IBM x86 servers, all powered by Red Hat software.

Topics: Big data, Interoperability, Red Hat Storage Server, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Cloud readiness Wednesday, April 16 10:40 am - 11:40 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.

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

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.

Customer applications of Hadoop on Red Hat Storage Server

Jacob Shucart — Senior solution architect, Red Hat
Erin Boyd — Principal software engineer, Red Hat
Diane Feddema — Principal software engineer, Red Hat

If analyzing data were easy, wouldn’t everybody do it? The fact is, several steps are necessary to effectively use Hadoop out of the box to process data for the information you need. From preprocessing relevant data to preparing it for consumption to copying large data sets to another location for analysis—the time it takes to get value from your data might be so long that the data is no longer relevant.

So why bring your data to the analytics engine when you can bring the analytics engine to your data? In this session, you’ll learn how Red Hat customers use Red Hat Storage Server to more quickly start mining their data by allowing the application that generates the data they need to write directly to where the analytics will run. And in the process of doing so, they can skip making an extra copy of the data.

Topics: Big data, Cost savings, Flexibility, GlusterFS, Interoperability, Projects, Red Hat Storage Server

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Emerging technologies Tuesday, April 15 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 2.0 / 5.0

GlusterFS: Current state & roadmap

Vijay Bellur — Senior principal software engineer, Red Hat
John Mark Walker — Principal product marketing manager, Red Hat

In this session, we’ll provide an update on the current state of the GlusterFS community and discuss future directions of the project. Attendees will learn:

  • Details on new features in the recent GlusterFS 3.5 and 3.6 releases.
  • What lies ahead in GlusterFS 4.
  • How GlusterFS is being integrated with other projects in the open source ecosystem, including OpenStack, oVirt, and Apache Hadoop.
  • Use cases.

Topics: Big data, Cost savings, GlusterFS, Manageability, OpenStack, oVirt, RDO, Red Hat Storage Server, Reliability, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Emerging technologies Wednesday, April 16 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm 4.0 / 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 Storage Server administration deep dive

Dustin Black — Senior technical account manager, Red Hat

In this session for administrators of all skill levels, you’ll get a deep technical dive into Red Hat Storage Server and GlusterFS administration.

We’ll start with the basics of what scale-out storage is, and learn about the unique implementation of Red Hat Storage Server and its advantages over legacy and competing technologies. From the basic knowledge and design principles, we’ll move to a live start-to-finish demonstration. Your experience will include:

  • Building a cluster.
  • Allocating resources.
  • Creating and modifying volumes of different types.
  • Accessing data via multiple client protocols.
  • A resiliency demonstration.
  • Expanding and contracting volumes.
  • Implementing directory quotas.
  • Recovering from and preventing split-brain.
  • Asynchronous parallel geo-replication.
  • Behind-the-curtain views of configuration files and logs.
  • Extended attributes used by GlusterFS.
  • Performance tuning basics.
  • New and upcoming feature demonstrations.

Those new to the scale-out product will leave this session with the knowledge and confidence to set up their first Red Hat Storage Server environment. Experienced administrators will sharpen their skills and gain insights into the newest features. IT executives and managers will gain a valuable overview to help fuel the drive for next-generation infrastructures.

Topics: Flexibility, GlusterFS, Interoperability, Manageability, Portability, Projects, Red Hat Storage Server, Reliability, Scalability

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
IT efficiency Wednesday, April 16 4:50 pm - 5:50 pm 4.0 / 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.

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

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.

Using Cinder block storage

Rudolf Kastl — Content developer, Red Hat

Cinder, the block storage service in OpenStack, is responsible for the volume storage of virtual machine data. In this hands-on session, you’ll explore the Cinder service configuration for multible storage backends, including Red Hat Storage Server.

Topics: OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Storage Server, Red Hat Training

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of training I Wednesday, April 16 10:40 am - 11:40 am 4.0 / 5.0

Using Cinder block storage (replay)

Rudolf Kastl — Content developer, Red Hat

Cinder, the block storage service in OpenStack, is responsible for the volume storage of virtual machine data. In this hands-on session, you’ll explore the Cinder service configuration for multible storage backends, including Red Hat Storage Server.

Topics: OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Storage Server, Red Hat Training

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Taste of training I Thursday, April 17 9:45 am - 10:45 am 4.0 / 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.

Turn storage from a burden into an asset with Red Hat Storage Server

Host:

Ashish Nadkarni — Research director, Storage Systems, IDC

Panelists:

Pankaj Gautam — Systems architect, Leading U.S. department store
James Hickerson — Managed Services, Business Solutions, Avnet
Zdenek Sedlak — Infrastructure architect, Ikano Bank AB
David Yaffe — RHCE, Technical analyst - Network and Enterprise Information Systems, Information Systems, SaskTel

Want to learn how Red Hat solutions can turn storage from a burden into an asset? In this panel, you’ll hear directly from Red Hat Storage Server customers who are benefiting from software-defined storage solutions. Learn how using Red Hat Storage Server and its core architecture have enabled them to rapidly store, protect, model, and deliver critical data. We’ll leave plenty of time for questions so you can interact with this panel of knowledgeable experts.

Topics: Red Hat Storage Server

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