It’s been just over three years since Solomon Hykes presented the world with the (so far) most creative way to use the tar command: the Docker project. Not only does the project combine existing container-technologies and make them easier to use, but its well-timed introduction drove an unprecedented rate of adoption for new technology.
Did people run containers before the Docker project? Yes, but it was harder to do so. The broader community was favoring LXC, and Red Hat was working on a libvirt-based model for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With OpenShift 2, Red Hat had already been running containers in production for several years – both in an online PaaS as well as on-premise for enterprise customers. The model pre-Docker however was fundamentally different from what we are seeing today: rather than enabling completely independent runtimes inside the containers, the approach in
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In the world of hyper-competition the boundaries of software and hardware solutions are quickly dissolving. Rather than buying just software or a server, customers are looking for well-integrated, tested and proven solutions to gain competitive advantage. Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Red Hat understand this IT landscape very well and for many years have worked closely together to fine tune their respective hardware and software to achieve the best customer results.
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Our previous blog explored the basics of SR-IOV, this write-up will highlight how SR-IOV works in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 enabled SR-IOV to supercharge the network throughput process. This process is easily explained by looking at an example of a logical network in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager (RHEV-M).
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Not long ago, Intel introduced a new Xeon processor platform to enable faster computing for the enterprise world. Codenamed Broadwell, this architecture brought additional cores to the chip and many improvements, from faster memory support to various security enhancements. As with three generations of Intel Xeon processors before this one, these benefits span beyond simple increases in transistor counts or the number of cores within each processor.
Today, Intel launched the Intel Xeon E7 v4 processor family, a high-end, enterprise-focused class of processors based on Broadwell architecture and targeted at large systems with four or more CPUs. Accompanying the launch are several new world record industry-standard benchmarks; this is where things like increased memory capacity or larger on-chip caches benefit overall system performance, resulting in the highest reported scores on various standard benchmarks. The Xeon E7 v4 launch, along with other announcements like it, typically send a ripple of innovation throughout Red Hat’s partner ecosystem in the form of new and improved performance results. The ability to support these partners is of paramount importance to Red Hat and, as a result, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is often selected by these ongoing benchmarking efforts.
Here is how Red Hat Enterprise Linux scored this time:
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Many IT organizations have embraced virtualization technologies to leverage well known benefits such as server consolidation, reduced costs, scalability, high utilization rates and so on. Although these benefits are great, sometimes they can cause performance issues due to the overwhelming usage of I/O. One method of reducing performance issues is to enable SR-IOV capabilities that allow a PCIe device to appear to be multiple separate physical PCIe devices. The purpose of SR-IOV is to provide isolation of resources that enable the scalability of VMs and to enable a near-bare metal
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The recent release of Red Hat Cloud Suite marked a new milestone for Red Hat and our customers. First, it is the first in what will become a family of suites. Second, it enables enterprise IT to transform their application development and operations toward an agile, innovation center based on hybrid cloud and devops technologies. Curating a broad set of open source technologies, Red Hat Cloud Suite offers a turnkey Cloud solution with a container-based app-development platform, private-cloud infrastructure, and a common management framework. Specifically, Red Hat Cloud Suite includes
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In Architecting Containers Part 4: Workload Characteristics and Candidates for Containerization we investigated the level of effort necessary to containerize different types of workloads. In this article I am going to address several challenges facing organizations that are deploying containers – how to patch containers and how to determine which teams are responsible for the container images. Should they be controlled by development or operations?
In addition, we are going to take a look at
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This year’s SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, from May 17-19, 2016, is packed with Red Hat events – happening at our booth, the SAP Mini Theater, and the SAP Demo Theater. We’re also presenting around the show at the Intel, Hitachi Data Systems, HP Enterprise, and Lenovo booths.
We look forward to meeting our community, showcasing our solutions, and highlighting the top companies we’ve been working with. We have excellent customers and partners and are eager to tell you their stories. Plus we’re giving away
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One of my favorite things about technology is seeing what’s next. I often find myself asking, “…what’s on the horizon?” Or, better yet, “…what’s beyond the horizon?” In the case of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), specifically the hypervisor, “next generation node” is hovering in the distance. I anticipate this advance to be significant for both Red Hat partners and customers.
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Lately, there has been in increase in IT organizations migrating their traditional virtualization workloads to open-source platforms such as Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) . Although there are many reasons for migrating (e.g. cost, features), one key advantage stands out for the open source alternatives. Organizations are now seeing the viability of building on the same platform to integrate open source cloud solutions with traditional applications. No single platform is optimized for each workload type or tier. Not only do organizations get to take advantage of the fast innovation of open source, but they also realize significant cost savings.
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