Inside Red Hat Summit 2013 through the Twittersphere

Maxine Giza

Red Hat Summit 2013 brought enterprise architects and systems administrators to Boston June 11-14 to discuss the latest in middleware technology. While there was some talk of API management tools and big data, the expected topics of cloud and mobile proved abundant.

SearchSOA wasn't the only one buzzing about the sights and scenes at the summit. Here is a look at what is being said about the 2013 conference in the Twittersphere.

There are several reasons why an organization might opt for a hybrid cloud approach, among them the ability to avoid vendor lock-in and potential outages, which are common problems associated with public cloud. After a year of testing, Red Hat has made its open source-based hybrid cloud management platform available.

The move toward OpenStack isn't always a smooth path. On the upside, many users cite the technology as a flexible means to achieve their cloud computing goals. However, having the energy and willingness to deal with the complex and "error-prone" product can be burdensome.

OpenShift allows users to create and run applications, as well as deploy them to the cloud. At Red Hat Summit 2013, there were numerous hands-on labs and sessions that spanned the event.

As with any form of technology, there are several pros and cons associated with Linux. The lack of licensing fees, which allows multiple instances to be deployed, can save an organization a substantial amount of money up front. That being said, costs could escalate if problems arise, given that the creator of the distribution is not required to come to your aid.

In an interview with sister site SearchDataCenter, Denise Dumas, director of software engineering at Red Hat Inc., recently discussed some upcoming features. She said Red Hat has introduced a classic mode to Fedora 19, which will be the default for RHEL 7. While there aren't a lot of new features, she said the product has been tweaked to more closely match an installer's mind-set.

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