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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Lessons Learned: Deploying NFV infrastructure at Verizon

Teams from Verizon, Big Switch and Red Hat recently collaborated on a nine-month, large-scale network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure deployment at Verizon with much success. At this year’s OpenStack Summit, the teams shared their lessons learned, covering everything from building in required capabilities, partner integration, and scale testing to ensure continued serviceability and performance of the multi-hundred node implementation, to the organization mindset necessary to take on an innovative shift like this.

Source: OpenStack Summit

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Accidental encounters of the innovative kind.

It was purely by accident that I looked across the street from the tallest building between New York and Chicago in downtown Cleveland and saw the words Global Center for Health Innovation imprinted boldly in front of an imposing building. I was immediately drawn to the words Health and Innovation. This was the first of three accidental encounters that I experienced during this visit. Accidental experiences have been a hallmark of innovation over the years.

Red Hat at HIMSS with Nadhan

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Software-defined networking tops leading technologies list for 2016.

It looks like software-defined networking (SDN) is a top technology investment this year. At least that’s what a recent Computer Economics study found. In fact, SDN ranked #1, according to the the study, which polled IT organizations on their experiences with 12 leading technologies and ranked them based on their overall risk-reward profile.


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Oil & Energy: Growth is on the horizon.

2015 was a very hard year for many of the industries’ energy companies, especially giving the downturn in the price of oil as well as the decrease in the number of offshore permits applied for and granted here in the United States. The oil industry in the United States has lost 70,000 jobs in the downturn, the Federal Reserve estimates. At least ten U.S. oil and gas companies, accounting for more than $2 billion in debt, had filed for bankruptcy in the fourth quarter of 2015.

And given the current political climate, who knows what the future will bring, regardless of which side of the election you might be on. But there are bright spots, especially with open source in the oil and energy sectors.

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Tune In: Banking on built-in security checks

You’ve seen the headlines: Financial services are a top target for hackers. From breaches at Anthem to cyberattacks at JPMorgan Chase, cybercrime has repeatedly been bad news for financial services companies, affecting not just customer accounts but share prices as well. The good news is financial services companies are beginning to shield themselves from breaches by activating automatic security checks in their applications as they build them.

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