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Just like that, 2021 is closing in on us. Too soon? Not soon enough? We’ll let you decide. 

What a year we’ve had at Red Hat. Since we published Red Hat president and CEO Paul Cormier's message on how Red Hat is here to help, we pivoted in many ways throughout 2020 to best meet our customers' evolving needs, and we used our digital channels—like this blog—to share the latest updates with you. 

We kept exam takers abreast of expanded virtual training and provided tips on setting up their remote exam spaces, brought a virtual expo experience directly to Summit-goers, and recapped some sessions from our first ever virtual AnsibleFest in case you didn’t have a chance to catch them all. 

Our large pool of technical experts also continued to share how-tos like this guide on automating your SAP HANA System Replication Deployment using Ansible and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) System Roles, or this one on getting started with the Red Hat Insights patch capability

Maybe you missed them when they were first published or maybe they just weren’t relevant to you at the time, but here you can find our recap of the top 10 Red Hat blogs of the year in one place. These blogs highlight new ideas and technologies that struck a chord with our readers for various reasons. With "Innovation" cited as the top priority for digital transformation in Red Hat’s 2021 Global Tech Outlook Report, there may be strategies and ideas within these posts that can help you innovate in the new year. Here they are in no particular order. 

Top 10 Redhat.com blogs from 2020

1. Red Hat certification remote exams now available

"Skillset or talent gaps" was one of the top barriers to digital transformation reported on the 2021 Global Tech Outlook Report. Red Hat accelerated our efforts and introduced remote options for several of our certification exams this year. These remote exams may just be the step you need to bridge that skills gap. 

2. Red Hat and AWS extend collaboration: Introducing Amazon Red Hat OpenShift

To better help organizations address business-specific enterprise technology footprints and challenges, we announced an extension of the collaboration between Red Hat and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver Amazon Red Hat OpenShift, a jointly-managed and jointly-supported enterprise Kubernetes service on AWS.

3. What is the latest kernel release for my version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

The source of the information for knowing the latest kernel version of a given RHEL version is within RHEL. This blog walks you through how to find out.

4. CentOS Stream: Building an innovative future for enterprise Linux

In this post we announced the future strategy around CentOS Stream. CentOS Stream is meant to provide a midpoint in the innovation stream between Fedora and RHEL, and enables Red Hat’s partner ecosystem to better plan what’s next in enterprise Linux.

5. The three principles of successful cloud-native development

To succeed with digital transformation, enterprises must learn how to modernize and develop applications much more rapidly and frequently. Three principles to guide this new approach of cloud-native application development are shared in this post. 

6. Making open source more inclusive by eradicating problematic language

Like so many others, Red Hatters came together this year to talk about ongoing systemic injustice and racism. Red Hat stood up a team to audit our own work—our code, documentation and content—and identify potentially divisive language. Read more from Chris Wright, our Chief Technology Officer, on this effort. 

7. Moving Red Hat Summit 2020 to a virtual experience

With many people already registered for our annual event earlier this year prior to site closures and shutdowns, it’s no surprise that this post announcing our shift to a free, immersive virtual Summit made it to the top 10 list. Did you miss this year’s virtual experience? You can still view keynotes, labs, and more on-demand—bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on our plans for an all-new flexible conference series in 2021! 

8. What Red Hat is doing to address coronavirus (COVID-19)

We continued to prioritize the health and well-being of both Red Hat associates and the communities where we live and work. In the spirit of transparency, we shared measures Red Hat was taking as a company to address changes caused by COVID-19.

9. Red Hat stands in solidarity

"I want to say this unambiguously: Red Hat is not indifferent. We stand in solidarity with the Black community - our colleagues, customers, partners and neighbors - and all who are hurting right now in the fight against racism and injustice." Red Hat's CEO’s statement in solidarity with the Black community was one of the top viewed posts from this year.

10. Red Hat introduces Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes

In this post, we covered capabilities of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes ahead of its introduction in Summer 2020. Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes provides the visibility and governance that organizations need to grow and manage containerized environments. 

Until next year

Here on the Red Hat Blog, we aim to cover topics like these, and more. With open source at the heart of what we do, we also couldn’t let this year pass us by without sharing Red Hat’s Open Source Participation Guidelines or giving a quick lesson on open source upstreams. Open source ways aren’t just reflected in our technologies or the way our teams work. Red Hatter Allie DeVolder shared how open source principles guided her gender transition.

We look forward to continuing to bring open source enthusiasts—new and tenured—updates and resources in the new year. Need some good viewing to pass the time over the holidays? We invite you to check out Red Hat’s five-part Open Source Stories films while sipping your favorite holiday beverage.  


About the author

As the Managing Editor of the Red Hat Blog, Thanh Wong works with technical subject matter experts to develop and edit content for publication. She is fascinated with learning about new technologies and processes, and she's vested in sharing how they can help solve problems for enterprise environments. Outside of Red Hat, Wong hears a lot about the command line from her system administrator husband. Together, they're raising a young daughter and live in Maryland.