Red Hat has sailed into December with prestigious industry recognition for helping customers modernize and simplify their IT infrastructure. Even if they’re not quite ready for the cloud today, we provide the elements of a stable and flexible foundation with security features for when they are. This week our commitment to customers at all stages of their cloud journey was recognized with two European IT awards.
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Numbers are the only universal language.
– Nathaniel West
Numbers are the language of business. We use them to tell us the real story of how our business is doing—growth, profitability, trends, highlights and challenges.
But getting access to the key numbers at the right time, that’s another matter. Accessing the data and creating financial reports has always been challenging, requiring a major investment of time and resources—whether your enterprise is small or large.
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Simple IT, agile business, and fresh possibilities were the major themes for this year’s SAP TechEd, which took place in Las Vegas on October 19-23. Red Hat participated in the conference by holding talks on integrating SAP HANA® data across the enterprise and why the operating system matters for an SAP HANA deployment. SAP HANA helps to accelerate the pace of innovation, enabling more simplified IT landscapes, faster business processes, and smarter business innovations.
We took the theme of fresh possibilities literally and showed some of our recent work with SAP HANA. Specifically, we spotlighted
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Interested in learning more about how Red Hat and our partners are approaching the emerging ARM technologies market? Join us this week at ARM TechCon 2015 in Santa Clara, California, to see our solutions in action!
Red Hat will be demoing the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview, both as a standalone solution and as a foundation for an ARM-based big data solution with Apache Spark. We’ll also be showing both static and live demonstrations of our partners’ hardware in booth (#839) at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
In addition, Red Hat’s Chief ARM Architect, Jon Masters, will present
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Today, Red Hat and Microsoft announced a broad partnership that includes many facets including Microsoft becoming a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP), the availability of many of our products on Microsoft Azure, integrated customer service delivery for Red Hat products deployed on premise and on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft .NET integration with many of our platform products, and plans for management tooling integration for open hybrid cloud implementations.
This is something much bigger than just a partnership, and is an evolution that we believe fits perfectly into our overall strategy. Anyone who has followed Red Hat for the past three years knows that we are driving forward with a market vision we refer to as open hybrid cloud. For many, this simply means private-and-public cloud. For Red Hat, we take the word hybrid very seriously, and… it means much more than private and public cloud.
Hybrid means customer choice, and also means acknowledging that most customers have heterogeneous environments. Customers want choice when it comes to the public clouds, and since many rely on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run their most critical business applications, they are looking for myriad cloud choices for where to run these applications. Making Red Hat Enterprise Linux available on Microsoft Azure
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Six years ago, we worked closely with Microsoft to deliver on a significant and widespread customer request: the ability for our respective operating systems to function as guests on each other’s hypervisor. This was then codified by the certification of Hyper-V as a supported hypervisor for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the certification of Red Hat products as supported hypervisors for use with Windows which both companies have maintained for the past six years.
More than half a decade later, customers are now asking Red Hat and Microsoft to have Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a supported guest in the Azure Cloud. We both heard you! Thanks to a deep commitment by both companies, this day has arrived and, together, we are responding to another important customer ask with full support.
As the game show host says, “But wait! there’s more!” In March 2014, we announced that we were bringing Microsoft .NET capabilities to OpenShift Origin. We now expect that Microsoft .NET capabilities will grow past OpenShift Origin to include
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Over the past few decades we have seen great advancements in the IT industry. In fact, the industry itself seems to be growing at an increasingly faster pace. However, as the industry grows so to does its evil twin – the figurative sum of all threats to IT security.
On the bright side, along with a steady stream of ever-evolving security issues and threats, there has also been a great effort to mitigate and, when possible, entirely eliminate such threats. This is accomplished by either fixing the bugs that allowed these issues and threats to exist (in the first place) or by fixing the configurations and protectionary mechanisms of systems so as to prevent attackers from finding success.
As 2015 has been no stranger to news stories about data leakages, various security flaws, and new types of malware – one could easily conclude that “the dark side” is winning this seemingly eternal race.
However, taking the complexity of today’s IT solutions into account
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The ocean of data coursing through your business can be a blessing or a curse.
If you can use your data to spot opportunities as they appear, it can mean the difference between success and failure. Unfortunately for many companies, key performance indicators and other metrics reporting can involve long waits due to complex legacy systems burdened by large data volumes. The result can be standard reports that take hours or even days—and an inability to deliver custom reports.
How do these companies compensate for slow, inflexible reporting systems? Many end up relying on spreadsheets and manual labor to consolidate information from disparate systems. Is this timely or an efficient use of company manpower? Usually not.
In today’s 24/7, digital world, real-time analytics
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The Linux networking stack has many features that are essential for IoT (Internet of Things) and data center networking, such as filtering, connection tracking, memory management, VLANs, overlay, and process isolation. These features come with a small overhead of latency and throughput for tiny packets at line rate.
DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) allows access to the hardware directly from applications, bypassing the Linux networking stack. This reduces latency and allows more packets to be processed. However, many features that Linux provides are not available with DPDK.
What if there was a way to have ultra low latency and high throughput for some traffic, and full feature-set from Linux networking, all at the same time? This “utopia” is now possible with Queue Splitting (Bifurcated Driver).
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Note: The following post was authored by Alexander Duyck before leaving Red Hat earlier this month. While Alex will be missed, his work continues in the capable hands of the Networking Services team. To this end, I encourage you to “read on” and learn more about how we’ve turned up the heat on kernel networking with the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2.
Over the last year I have been working at Red Hat as a part of the Linux Kernel Networking Services Team focused on improving the performance of the kernel networking data path. Prior to working at Red Hat I had worked at Intel as a driver maintainer for their server drivers including ixgbe. This has put me in a unique position to be able to provide tuning advice for both the network stack and the Intel device drivers. Last month, at LinuxCon North America, I gave a presentation that summarizes most of the work that has been done to improve network performance in the last year, and the performance gains as seen by comparing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 versus an early (alpha) release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2. The following is a recap of what I covered.
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