The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat® blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.


IN THE NEWS:

IBD - How Red Hat Morphed From Linux Pioneer Into Cloud-Computing Player

Think of Red Hat as a technology company that has reinvented itself not just once, but twice in 15 years. Red Hat has an edge as companies steer away from proprietary technologies that could lock them into one vendor for years. Given its financial resources, container focus, and strong recent track record with (mergers), we believe that Red Hat will perhaps uniquely, continue to act as a consolidator of some of the very best innovation in the container market.


CHECK IT OUT:

ZDNet - How Red Hat Linux is helping reclaim the fastest supercomputer title for the US

All the world's fastest supercomputers now run Linux, so it's no surprise that the US Department of Energy's Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratories runs Linux. The open nature of Red Hat Enterprise Linux allows Oak Ridge researchers to keep pace with the high-performance computing innovations in the Linux kernel while retaining a level of stability and support required for running mission-critical workloads.


RECOMMENDED READING:

The Open Brand Project | Designing an icon with an icon

Jenna Slawson, the Red Hat Brand team art director, talks about working with design legend Paula Scher, Shadowman and the challenges of refreshing a beloved logo. If you’re curious and would like to learn more, visit The Open Brand Project page.


GOOD READ:

A daemon-haunted (container) world no longer: Introducing Buildah 1.0

Developers need to be able to more quickly and easily create containerized applications. It’s this challenge that the Buildah project, with the release of version 1.0, aims to solve by bringing new innovation to the world of container development. A command line utility, Buildah provides only the basic requirements needed to create or modify Linux container images making it easier to integrate into existing application build pipelines.


CUSTOMER SUCCESS:

BBVA builds fully automated cloud platform to better support customers

BBVA is a global financial group based in Madrid, Spain, providing financial services in more than 30 countries to more than 72 million customers. The company needed to update its technology to better support its digital transformation goals. BBVA used Red Hat® solutions to build a single, global cloud platform that is fully automated, self-served, and data-centric. This new platform is expected to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and provide better analytics—and ultimately, a better customer experience.