Tag Archives: Planning

I am joined on today's show by Ed Daniel. Bit of a coup. Ed is one of Europes leading OSS evangelists but like me shares a background in process management ITIL, security and enterprise enablement. Ed works for Normation and was in London attending DevOps and I didn't have to push very hard to get him to sit down in front of my microphones.

This podcast is really for the companies who are thinking about deploying Cloud, who are thinking security hardening, process management, ITIL, PCI-DSS, ISO standardisation, deploying against Cloud Security Alliance or SELinux guidelines. If you're a service provider too this podcast also helps you. It's your opportunity to hear myself and Ed try and give you a steer on designing your cloud and to get to deployment safely whilst growing the frameworks around Cloud management.

We talk ManageIQ/Cloudforms, how audit and logging is essential, OpenStack and Ceilometer, Heat etc etc. How you should engage with a Cloud provider or upstream vendor.

This is one of those difficult conversations which you rarely hear and that is designed to get you to a point where Open Hybrid Cloud can become a reality. We don't always agree but between the two of us we try to get you to a point where you are armed to safely and securely start designing and consuming Cloud compute capacity.

 Download the podcast in MP3 format here - or alternatively browse the RSS.

Folks we have a real treat for you today, a podcast from Bill Bauman. The guy is about as good as it gets when you want to talk about virtualisation. A righteous dude and a very good friend. Apologies for the photo above, Bill is on my right, whilst I look like someone pumped me up. I'm offering the excuse of jetlag, good Scotch and bad camera angle.

Recorded in Barcelona on IBM's stand talking about RHEV and IBM Flex systems if you've an interest in virtualisation topology, io architecture planning and the future of proper virtual platform computing you need to listen to this.

You'll also need the slidedeck to accompany the podcast which you can grab here in PDF format.

Download the podcast here in MP3 and OGG formats

Yesterday I had the mother of all days in London, hot and muggy, multiple trains, tubes and walking my feet off whilst getting out and about talking Cloud. I was sat, gratefully, on an almost empty train with aircon and it gave me time to sit down with a pad and paper and to get some thoughts down around some of the precursors to Cloud from an Enterprise perspective and I want to share them with you in the form of steps you can take today to build a level of management skillsets towards enterprise Open Cloud adoption and design.

The Red Hat multi faceted approach to technology encompasses support, design, release and management of software across enterprise and datacentre alike but a significant percentage of annual revenue comes from the demand for our training services under the auspices of the Red Hat University. For over a decade we've turned out thousands of certified technicians and management across companies globally who are then armed locally not just to manage Red Hat platforms but to make qualified assessments and decisions around legacy and heterogeneous environments. The RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) has been the badge of honour for many years of the techno savvy across companies globally, and now entry level RHCSA (Red Hat Certified System Administrator) allowing an introductory path to ongoing certification and training pre RHCE study and certification.

Adding to the multiple Red Hat certified qualifications and training there is a great course that is designed for architects, system administrators, and J2EE/JBoss developers alike that offers adoptees a significant leg up towards Cloud understanding at every level. Designed for students who already have achieved their base entry RHCSA as a minimum. The Red Hat Cloud Architecture workshop is a two day course that we deliver globally and that is solving many of the thought issues around provisioning, re-use of legacy hardware and applications and also the missing piece of Cloud for many enterprise customers - governance and planning where costs can often account for up to fifty percent of longterm Cloud adoption if not understood and managed properly.

Giving a proper appreciation of the requirements around planning and building IaaS platforms, looking at the tacit design and thought processes around successful design of private and public cloud, application design specifics and planning the whole provisioning lifecycle of Cloud. We bring the ability to the classroom to allow those in the room to be able to deploy hosts and vm's and to really get to grips with understanding every angle of ownership around the management requirements of a successful Cloud deployment and how the whole hybrid Cloud model works. Giving customers a real world appreciation of planning, provisioning, scalability and allowing enterprises to get to Cloud quicker with confidence and with the inhouse skilling of key personnel should be a potential boost for many enterprises.

If you want to add to that as an individual there are then a multitude of courses and exams on everything from RHEV to SELinux for individual staffers to become platform specialists and to allow you as an organisation to develop a best of breed approach to your Cloud needs - you can find more information here.

Are you Cloud ready ?

We've made available for some time our Cloud Readiness Assessment Guide (registration required but takes minutes to step through) which is free to use and easy to work through and delivers you an automated assessment / appraisal of your readiness. Invaluable and something that as it's made available freely should really be a no-brainer to work through.

You'll also find a bunch of whitepapers and a video with Bryan Che around planning and assessment phases of Cloud online here. We also have our Cloud webinars that I know from feedback a few of you have already discovered via this blog.

If theres anything more you want or need to know please reach out to me directly or to your local in country Red Hat product teams and we'll react promptly.

Today Red Hat launched it's Enterprise roadmap for Platform as a Service to the press and analysts. It's been a labour of love for a long time internally with our teams and management working intensively to put together a structured offering that really could hit the market offering a value proposition and a lifecycle for enterprise customers.

OpenShift is a game changer in Platform as a Service (PaaS). If you historically look at the definition of PaaS it's been shrouded in the architectural frameworks, scalability and application / source syncing challenges that present a raft of APIs and behaviour changes to developers that you could perceive as less than friendly - or that doesn't meet your or my own definition of open. Certainly it's not the greatest experience when faced with a new stack it presents you with a list of service definitions, frameworks and capabilities.

OpenShift is different. For starters theres a message here for the analysts and technology press - it's written by developers - for developers. Please don't lose focus on the importance of this. Theres a reason why the popularity of OpenShift since we launched it last May 2011 has been somewhat stellar. We're providing an end user experience of being able to focus on what matters - your code. Removing the handcuffs and the shackles and allowing people to get to work faster not worrying about the VM's, or the change control and how to get servers online and built etc. A gentle cursory search of the Twittersphere will drown the average researcher in plaudits from the development community who have realised a three stage push to Cloud really is redefining how you can just take leaps and bounds into the ecosystem.

Let's not over egg the pudding here. This blog isn't a marketing stall that sets out to look purely down the gun of the Cloud technologist and to aim Red Hat flavoured solutions scattergun style. What we're doing is fundamentally different, to concentrate on a paradigm shift that offers you an application platform in the Cloud whilst managing the stack for you - automating the painful stuff that hinders technology growth and slows down the rate of application development and Cloud provisioning. As I said before developed by developers for developers to deliver the capabilities they need whilst also tacitly improving the developer experience in the process. As we get to a point in the technology curve where Cloud matures it becomes even more obvious that the solutions we describe right now, that we're making available today, are THE ecosystem of choice not the simple automation of a providers framework or clutch of badly documented APIs.

Click the image below to maximise it to full size for easier reading and understanding

The fact that we come from an Enterprise background with RHEL the supported prizefighter out there in the Linux environments globally then it's screamingly obvious that once you lift the hood of OpenShift you see all the goodness, strengths and maturity of RHEL underneath. The support for standard operating and development environments as well as all the ultra tenacious stuff that the analysts in Cloud now realise is the kingpin - the major benefits of faster application scaling, better higher efficiency by the virtue of OpenShifts ability to support two tier multi-tenancy from the get go. For the bean counters that means you're reducing your costs out the box. Proper portability of applications and development environments, industry leading security by virtue of control groups as well as sVirt and SELinux out the box (security as aspect of design not by retrofit) and heres the magic sauce, the multi-tenancy capability at the Operating System tier not at the virtualisation layer unlike other offerings out there.

As you move to embrace a true hybrid Cloud model you have to acknowledge as technologists that your support frameworks and application model will have to stretch to conform to different models with different hypervisor types, SLA's enforced on you as end user adopters still expected to offer the same level of service and conformity to your users and customers. OpenShift as part of its design specification had a core realisation that if you develop an application for PaaS you were going to be in a situation where there would be flux on the part of everchanging underlying hypervisor or provider technologies. Minimising the adverse effects this would have on PaaS environments in hybrid cloud therefore became a design factor. To be able to maintain service regardless of operating environment and to maintain security and segregation in multi tenant environments and move it away from the underpinning virtualisation layer. Down to basics if you think of a battlefield planner who has to come up with a fabric that will cope and perform to the same level no matter how hostile the weather or the neighbourhood in a conflict zone then OpenShift is the body armour of choice for the Cloud soldier going into battle.

Bryan Che is the Product Marketing Manager and thought leader at Red Hat on all things Cloud, an MIT graduate and an amazing font of knowledge when it comes to virtualisation, Cloud and reinventing how we need to embrace change. He has contributed an article today which explores further how the development eco system and our JBoss core strengths can scale to handle multiple applications and multi tenancy in Cloud. Follow this link to read the article, and while you're there check out his other Tenet's of Cloud articles which are thought provoking and a great armoury for you to keep personally as you tackle objections and shape your own path in Cloud.