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.

Keynotes, business and technical breakout sessions, hands-on labs and training, informal birds-of-a-feather and discovery sessions, and presentations in our partner theater offer great opportunities to learn about network function virtualization (NFV), software-defined networks (SDN), OpenStack, cloud and more.

On Wednesday, June 29 at 1:45 p.m., join us for a keynote featuring David Ward, Cisco senior vice president, chief architect and CTO of engineering; Nathan Seidle, founder and CEO of SparkFun; and Sven Loberg, managing director and global open source lead at Accenture.

Red Hat vice president and chief technologist Chris Wright will take the keynote stage on Thursday, June 30 at 8:30 a.m. and will be joined by Marco Bill-Peter, Red Hat’s vice president of customer experience and engagement and Todd Soderstrom, chief technology officer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

There are a number of telco-focused topics we’ll be speaking on this year. See below for a few highlights you won’t want to miss. We hope to see you in San Francisco next week!


Tuesday, June 28

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Room 2007

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform NFV solution overview and roadmap

Presented by Kyle Forster, founder of Big Switch Networks and Sandro Mazziotta, director of NFV project management at Red Hat.

Description: Software-defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) are critical strategies and technological approaches for future, successful telecom networks. OpenStack is being used as the core cloud infrastructure for both of these, due to its massive scalability, economics, and interoperability. In this session, you’ll get a technical overview and roadmap of Red Hat’s OpenStack-based NFV solution. Examples of actual implementations with some of Red Hat’s telco partners will be covered and you’ll learn about the key challenges faced when deploying a large-scale OpenStack NFV cloud. We’ll discuss how Red Hat and Big Switch have collaborated to address these key challenges to bring the deployment from lab to production for a large Tier-1 SP customer. You’ll also get a better understanding of the customer’s selection criteria for a solution that combines the best-in-class OpenStack software with modern SDN-based network design.


Tuesday, June 28

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Room 3007

Software-defined networking (SDN) fundamentals for NFV, OpenStack, and containers

Presented by Nir Yechiel, senior technical product manager at Red Hat and Rashid Khan, senior development manager with Red Hat.

Description: Red Hat has solved the problems of fast packet processing and orchestration of VMs and containers. With software-defined networking (SDN) gaining traction, administrators are faced with technologies that they need to integrate into their infrastructure. Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers a robust foundation for SDN implementations that are based on an open source standard technologies and designed for deploying containers, OpenStack, and network function virtualization (NFV). We’ll dissect the technology stack involved in SDN and introduce the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux options designed to address the packet processing requirements of virtual network functions (VNFs), such as Open vSwitch (OVS), single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV), PCI Passthrough, and DPDK accelerated OVS.


Wednesday, June 29

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Room 3009

Telco Breakout: Reliability, availability, and serviceability at cloud scale

Presented by Ian Hood, chief architect and global service provider at Red Hat

Description: Many operators are faced with fierce market competition that is attracting their customers with personalized alternatives. Technologies, like SDN, NFV, and 5G, hold the key to adapting to the networks of the future. However, operators are also looking to ensure that they can continue to offer the service-level guarantees their customers expect. This session will explore industry challenges and how service providers are applying new technologies and approaches to achieve reliability, availability, and serviceability at cloud scale. Service providers and vendors will join us to share their views on this complex topic and explain how they are applying and balancing the use of open source innovations, resilient service and application software, automation, DevOps, service assurance, and analytics to add value for their customers and business partners.


Wednesday, June 29

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. in Room 2005

Running a policy-based cloud with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, Red Hat OpenStack and Project Contiv

Presented by Mike Cohen, senior director of product management at Cisco Systems

Description: Infrastructure managers are constantly asked to push the envelope in how they deliver cloud environments. In addition to speed, scale, and flexibility, they are increasingly focused on both security and operational management and visibility as adoption increases within their organizations. This presentation will look at ways Cisco and Red Hat are partnering together to deliver policy-based cloud solutions to address these growing challenges. We will discuss how we are collaborating in the open source community and building products based on this collaboration.


Wednesday, June 29

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. in Alcove 2C

How customers are using Red Hat Gluster Storage in production

Presented by Dustin Black, principal cloud success architect at Red Hat

Description: Learn how FINRA, Exxon Mobile, and Verizon are using Red Hat Gluster Storage on public and private clouds at scale to solve their storage challenges. And share how you’re using Red Hat Gluster Storage in your environment.

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