Read It: Accelerating IT modernization and digital innovation in banks

Today’s technological advances, growing digital disrupters, new regulatory requirements and high customer expectations are pressuring bank CIOs to identify new sources for delivering IT modernization and digital innovation. Determining how to respond in a balanced way that is both stable and agile presents its own unique challenges, and a paper published this past April–“Digital Innovation in Banks: IT Infrastructure Modernization Accelerates Progress,” offers sage advice.

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Scaling virtual machine network performance for network intensive workloads.

Virtual network environments offer a number of benefits, and we’re already seeing providers and enterprises moving their entire infrastructures to virtual systems. But there are still shortcomings. For one, virtual machine (VM) network performance needs to scale so it can support higher-demanding workloads like those with network functions virtualization (NFV).  Now, there’s a mandatory multi-queues feature in Open vSwitch (OVS) to scale the VM network performance.

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SDN Fundamentals for NFV, OpenStack, and Containers

At this year’s Red Hat Summit 2016, held June 27-30 in San Francisco, attendees were privy to a detailed presentation about open-source networking technologies—how they work, how they’re integral to each other, how they perform, and how they create the foundation for software-defined network (SDN) implementations designed for deploying containers, OpenStack, and network functions virtualization (NFV). Presenters Nir Yechiel, senior technical product manager – OpenStack, and Rashid Khan, senior development manager – Platform Networking, both with Red Hat, covered everything from overviews of the various open-source technologies to Red Hat’s approach to SDN and NFV and more.

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Automated NFV security scans in OPNFV continuous integration

At the OPNFV Summit in Berlin, I explained how the OPNFV Security group has integrated security scans in the Continuous Integration  (CI) process. This means that now the Platform Build Tests execute automatic vulnerability checks on the multiple integration environments deployed worldwide as part of the Pharos labs. Here’s a video of the presentation we gave at the summit.

My colleague, Marcos (and co-author of this post) explains the OPNFV Security group’s mission: Improve OPNFV security through architecture recommendations, better documentation, code reviews, upstream collaboration, vulnerability management and security research. It provides an umbrella group to encourage development of security-centric functions within the OPNFV ecosystem and the upstream communities to handle vulnerability and threats in a coordinated manner.

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Is NFV ready for containers?

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is in full swing at telcos and large enterprises. The idea is simple: to virtualize network capabilities previously run on appliances or dedicated devices on to general-purpose server hardware. The economies of scale using general purpose compute infrastructure seem to, at least in principle, far outweigh the deployment on appliances or dedicated proprietary devices.

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Telco opportunities abound at Red Hat Summit 2016.

Red Hat Summit, held June 27-30 in San Francisco, Calif., is all about open source, and virtually every industry will have something to take away from this year’s program which features nearly 250 sessions. Telecommunications will be no exception. Just consider who’s attending. Across industries, around 65 percent of attendees are either systems administrations, engineers or architects. By industry, nearly 6 percent work in telecommunications.

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Join Red Hat to create a truly open source automation solution.

It’s always exciting to take concepts and ideas and turn them into working solutions. That’s what Red Hat is doing now–with an NFV demo at this year’s OPNFV Summit in Germany. Our demo, based on ManageIQ and taking place at the Red Hat booth – B09, is a blueprint for building an open source carrier-class Cloud Management Platform (CMP), including NFV Orchestrator (NFVO) capabilities, that supports orchestration/automation of modern cloud-native applications as well as network services that require specific telco features. We are inviting solution providers and telcos to join us for this important industry initiative, which Red Hat VP and chief technologist Chris Wright is highlighting during his keynote at the summit.

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How to start a successful journey with Open Platform for NFV.

One of the key goals of NFV is to decouple network functions from dedicated and proprietary platforms so that carriers can benefit from higher efficiencies, reduced costs, and accelerated time-to-market for new services. The ability to deploy Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) on commodity hardware and open source platform enables operators to more easily use best-of-breed vendors without vendor lock-in.

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Red Hat takes the stage at OPNFV Summit 2016.

The four-day OPNFV Summit 2016, held June 20-23 in Berlin, Germany, was packed full of information, insights, demonstrations and more. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the conference is designed to foster collaboration, innovation and exploration of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) by bringing together developers, end users, and upstream communities working to advance open source NFV. Red Hat was a platinum sponsor this year, and a number of our executives, engineers and developers participated. Presentations are now posted, and you can watch videos of full presentations at the links we’ve included below. 

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Read It: The difference between ‘open’ and ‘open source’

When it comes to hardware and software, single-vendor, proprietary solutions are fewer and farther between. Now more and more companies are moving to best-of-breed models with the hopes of modernizing their IT infrastructure and reducing costs. In response, the industry has responded with “open” solutions designed to be interoperable. But what does open mean, and how is it different from open source? In an article I wrote, posted recently by IDG Connect, I explain some of the important differences.

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