Red Hat Summit news recap: mobile apps, containers, and Linux winning the data center

At last week’s Red Hat Summit, there was plenty of news for companies across industries, including financial services, telecommunications and healthcare firms—and the news reflects Linux’, and open source’s, place in the data center. As Red Hat’s Paul Cormier, executive VP and president, products and technologies, told attendees, “Linux has won in the data center. Now on to the rest of IT.”

Cormier led a general session outlining multiple announcements Red Hat made during the conference, and we’ll recap them in this post. But first, here’s a bit more from Cormier. “When you look at the changes we are making as an industry, it just never ceases to amaze me,” he said. “I left off last year with the application is king and the operating system is the heartbeat.”

Now, a year later, Cormier told attendees that there’s been remarkable movement toward the operating system—in particular, Linux. VMware is getting into Linux. Microsoft has cembraced Linux on its Azure platform. And IDC says there are two operating systems in the data center: Windows and Linux, Cormier said. (Watch Cormier’s presentation at the Red Hat Summit.)

In the midst of this change, Red Hat has been busy developing new products and fostering new relationships, standards efforts, and open source projects. In this post, we’ve included some of the product news and links to articles about them. Take a look:

Red Hat announced the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, which incorporates technology from FeedHenry, a company acquired by Red Hat last October, as well as JBoss Middleware and OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) software. The Red Hat Mobile Application Platform “is designed to simplify and accelerate the development, integration, deployment and management of mobile solutions,” says James Nunn in his June 24 article.

Further extending news in the telco market, Red Hat and Samsung Electronics America announced that they “will develop a new generation of enterprise mobile applications under a strategic alliance,” according to a CRN article. CRN’s Rick Whiting went on to write that Red Hat and Samsung “will jointly develop a series of industry-specific mobile business applications, such as field and customer service, business intelligence, inventory management, pricing, ordering and invoicing software, that will run on Red Hat infrastructure software, be optimized for Samsung devices and be configurable to integrate with common back-end systems.”

The latest version of Red Hat’s PaaS cloud offering, OpenShift Enterprise 3, was also announced. According to an article in ZDNet, “Red Hat is basing it on Docker containersKubernetes orchestration and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.” The article goes on to say “OpenShift Enterprise 3 is designed to deliver a container-based application platform that will provide a secure, efficient way to develop, deploy and run application services. It will do this in part by giving OpenShift users access to certified safe containers from the new Red Hat Container Certification Program.”

According to an InfoWorld article, this new version has been retooled to better support containers. Reporter Serdar Yegulalp wrote, “InfoWorld’s Martin Heller found using OpenShift was already a positive experience; adding technologies that are enjoying explosive uptake elsewhere ought to only make it easier to work with.” (Here’s Heller’s review.)

Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform also was introduced at last week’s Red Hat Summit. According to this InfoWorld article, Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform is “built on top of Red Hat Linux Atomic Host” and “sports the same stack as OpenShift minus the topmost layers of language runtimes or middleware. To that end, it’s more useful in environments that want to run containers, but don’t need the additional tooling or hand-holding provided by OpenShift.”

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