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It’s hard to break down what makes Red Hat Summit the premier open source technology event but we’re going to give it a shot. Let’s start by looking at Red Hat Summit 2018.

By the numbers, last year’s Red Hat Summit saw 315 breakout sessions and labs, 283 5k fun run participants, 125 sponsors, 110 customer speakers, 29 keynoters, a 20 percent increase in attendees, six middle-school age girls from our CO.LAB program on the mainstage, five Red Hat Innovation Award winners, two Women in Open Source Award winners and one Grammy Award-winning rock band.

Incredible content

Red Hat Summit also delivers useful and important content that our attendees can benefit from long after Summit is over. For example, the top ten breakout sessions from 2018 based on attendance and audience rating:

  • Performance analysis and tuning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Part 1 (video | slides) and Part 2 (video)

  • Demystifying systemd (video)

  • CoreOS and Red Hat (slides)

  • Red Hat Satellite 6 power user tips and tricks (video)

  • Container Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux: The road ahead (video)

  • The Ansible way (recording and slides currently unavailable)

  • Building production-ready containers (video | slides)

  • Automating day two Red Hat OpenShift operations with Ansible (slides)

  • Kubernetes and the platform of the future (video | slides)

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux roadmap (video)

Check the Red Hat YouTube channel for more sessions from Red Hat Summit 2018.

Beyond the numbers and incredible content, we also saw exciting announcements from our customers and partners in a few key areas:

Hybrid cloud and container innovation in action

Microsoft Azure + Red Hat OpenShift collaboration

  • We expanded our alliance to empower enterprise developers to run container-based applications across Microsoft Azure and on-premises. Introducing the first jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud, combining the power of Red Hat OpenShift, and Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud.

IBM + Red Hat OpenShift collaboration

  • A new expansion was announced to enable IBM and Red Hat customers to benefit from the combined power of both companies’ technologies in private and public clouds by bringing together two leading enterprise application platforms in Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and IBM Cloud Private.

CoreOS integration

  • Following our acquisition of CoreOS in early 2018, we rolled out the roadmap for how we planned to use CoreOS technology with Red Hat OpenShift to drive hybrid cloud-native services.

Kubernetes Operators

  • We introduced Kubernetes Operators to the Red Hat OpenShift ecosystem, providing a simplified path for software partners to ultimately deliver tested and validated Kubernetes applications on the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform.

Red Hat customers showcasing the best in open source

Cathay Pacific

  • Cathay Pacific, a leading international airline, is using Red Hat solutions and services to transform its legacy infrastructure into a modern hybrid cloud architecture.

Lufthansa Technik

  • Lufthansa Technik, a leading provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has moved to a hybrid cloud infrastructure based on Red Hat’s enterprise-grade open source technologies running on Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud.


  • Vorwerk is implementing a new Internet of Things (IoT) environment with an infrastructure based on solutions from Red Hat.

Container-native storage momentum

  • More organizations around the world turned to our container-native storage offering to support the adoption of Linux containers. In one year, Red Hat surpassed 150 customers worldwide adopting container-native storage with its Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform environments.

Red Hat OpenShift on OpenStack momentum

  • Organizations across the globe including Banco Multiva; Genesys; and UKCloud have deployed a fully open hybrid cloud infrastructure based on Red Hat technologies.

Open source can change the world

UNICEF Innovation

  • We collaborated with UNICEF Innovation to advance the School Mapping Project, including enhancements to Magicbox, a software platform that uses real-time data from both public sources and private sector partners to inform life-saving humanitarian responses to emergency situations.

Boston Children’s Hospital

  • With the goal of providing a central collaboration platform that is open to the global medical imaging community, Boston Children’s Hospital built ChRIS using a variety of Red Hat’s open source technologies that allow for a flexible, open hybrid cloud architecture that is designed for agility and scale.

12th Annual Innovation Awards

  • Every year the Red Hat Innovation Awards recognize the technological achievements of Red Hat customers around the world who demonstrate creative thinking, determined problem-solving and transformative uses of Red Hat technology. The 2018  winners were: BBVA, Dirección Nacional de Migraciones de la República Argentina (DNM), IAG, Lufthansa Technik, and UPS. In addition, UPS was awarded as the 2018 Red Hat Innovator of the Year for its efforts to provide better data insight and scheduling through a new application platform. With help from Red Hat, UPS created a flexible, agile, container-based cloud computing environment—and adopted a collaborative DevOps approach.

​​Women in Open Source awards

  • Our 2018 award winners were Dana Lewis, founder of the Open Artificial Pancreas System (OpenAPS) movement, and Zui Dighe, a Duke University student. Both were recognized for their work to improve lives through healthcare. Lewis is the founder of the OpenAPS movement and creator of the DIY Artificial Pancreas System, and Dighe is a primary collaborator on an open source system that tracks vaccine temperatures and GPS locations as they enter developing nations using an Arduino-based device.

RHCP of the Year award

  • Neha Sandhu, a senior support engineer at Spark New Zealand, was named the 2018 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year for her work to help modernize and containerize Spark’s legacy applications and was key in its transition to DevOps and agile methodologies.

Open Source Stories premiere

  • The latest film in the Open Source Stories documentary film series, “The Science of Collective Discovery” dove into the world of citizen scientists and how open hardware is enabling them.

Don’t miss out on Red Hat Summit 2019, register today! Early Bird registration is $1,300 through March 4, 2019. To save a bit more, use the code RHBLOG19 and you’ll receive $100 off your registration fees. (This code can only be used once per attendee, and cannot be combined with any other offer.)

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