Podcast: Tim Marston talks DevOps Goodness

Tim Marston was on episode two of the podcasts I’d just started about 18 months ago and he was overdue to be on another show so we’ve recorded this talking DevOps funkiness, migrating JRE workloads to cloud. Tim’s one of the honchos at Red Hat JBoss Advanced ISV Partner and ally Midvision who make some amazing products that help move JRE platforms to Cloud but also to do migration and management of JRE platforms easily and in a way that makes auditors sleep easy.

Well worth a listen and thanks to Tim for making time to do this.

   You can download the show here or via the RSS

Podcast – Ed Daniel, ITIL, Audit & Cloud

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.

Podcast: Ian Lawson – Mr Red Hat

What a weird title for a podcast episode you think. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Ian and I have worked together in two lives. In 2007 I took a sabbatical to go do hush hush secret stuff in the government space for a major vendor and met Ian and gelled immediately. We’ve worked together ever since and when I joined Red Hat I brought him in soon after. This is a coup because after a life spent in the shadows talking common sense doctrine to governments and people in positions of authority Ian is actually on the record and talking Open Source. To say he was outside his comfort zone is an understatement but it was lovely to have the chance to open a door sensibly and only talk about stuff which doesn’t see us carted off to jail for breaching each of our obligations as signataries of Her Majesty’s Official Secrets Act.

Ian had always worked in the proprietary rather sheltered world of data intelligence and manipulation. He definitely wasn’t a Linux user – at all, in fact I gave him his first Linux laptop. He didn’t get Open Source as nobody had ever explained or shown him, didn’t know Open Shift or how to even install Red Hat. A hugely talented versatile developer with a brain the size of a family car and the ability to hold a room in his hand he has become one of the most important hires Red Hat UK has ever made.

Ian, now immersed in Open Source was reborn, reborn with a new verve or vigour and is now truly Mr Red Hat when you put him in front of customers and with his almost unrivalled abilities with the understanding of data storage and data manipulation in the European space is always in demand to help bring projects to conception.

He was nervous as hell recording this, don’t know why – he’s the mac daddy when it comes to big data even if he does hate the term. We talk OpenShift, OpenStack, we pour scorn on some and heap praise on others. A very enjoyable recording session.

I urge you to listen on two fronts:

1) If you’ve ever wondered what Big Data meant come here Ian blow that concept wide apart
2) If you’re considering a change in career and want to understand the passion that drives Red Hatters to go to work – then this is for you.

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Linuxcon Europe Show 4: Open Daylight

So heres the thing about working with the Linux Foundation, and the reason why every year I stump up my membership fees to be part of their rollcall. They get it, they genuinely get it. Jim Zemlin, Mr Enthusiastic himself who is one of the most articulate geeks you would ever have the pleasure to meet bounds on stage or into a room like an excitable child and on Monday when he jumped on to the stage in Edinburgh this was no different.

One of the reasons for his beaming smile and positive attitude though was the fact that under his stewardship and with boundless energy and pride several projects including OVA have been added to the roster of collaborative projects under the auspices of the Linux Foundation.

Today Chris Wright who is the Director of Software-Defined Networking joined me to talk SDN goodness and how the Cloud piece interacts with the integration of OpenStack. Chris was recently promoted to Director level in Red Hat, well earnt and judging by the size of the audience here for his keynote there were obviously a lot more people out there who wanted to hear him speak than could get in the room.

To find out more about Open Daylight watch the video below and then listen to the show we recorded for you today.



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Klaus Oxdal Red Hat Nordics / Gluster Community Info

c1e1c27b-a864-475c-94fa-97c5a553ff2cThis weeks podcast is with Klaus Oxdal of Red Hat Nordics. Klaus is a good friend of mine who I’ve worked closely with for 3 1/2 years or so and he eats lives and breathes Red Hat. Much like my erstwhile American/Dutch TechGod colleague Eric Schabell he is one of the Red Hat EMEA cyclists spending a lot of time in Red Hat colours on the roads of Denmark.

Only this time he’s going one better. Klaus is part of a team cycling from Denmark to Paris, France culminating in a sprint finish to the Eiffel Tower. It’s all for a good event it’s for a Children’s Cancer Charity. It’s a mammoth distance, it’s a mammoth effort and I thought we’d tag onto the end of our conversation an invitation for people to find whatever they could afford to make a difference in treating childhood cancers. An amazing cause that deserves our support. I’ve stumped up cash as a parent of two children and I’d like to think we can help raise them some funds.

You can read more on their sponsorship page here, go visit it now !!

john_RMGluster.org Community Workshop and London Community Day 

In the podcast I also talk about Gluster.org the upstream of Red Hat Storage having a workshop at LinuxCon Europe (where I will be attending and doing the show podcast) and speaking with the likes of my shadow and compadre from Gluster.org / Red Hat John Mark Walker pictured with me above. The day is WELL WORTH ATTENDING if you’re going to LinuxCon or even if you’re not.

The workshop starts at a very reasonable 10 a.m. This full-day, free workshop includes talks on using Gluster with OpenStack, KVM/QEMU, and how to develop apps to integrate with GlusterFS. This is a chance for developers and admins to learn first-hand what GlusterFS and related open software-defined storage projects in the Gluster Community can accomplish in cloud and virtualized environments.

  • State of Gluster (John Mark Walker)
  • Gluster for SysAdmins, an In-depth Look (Dustin Black)
  • Gluster and OpenStack, a Case Study (Udo Seidel)
  • Gluster, QEMU and KVM (Vijay Bellur)
  • Developing Apps and Integrating with GlusterFS (Justin Clift)

Please join us on October 24th at the Sheraton next to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Registration for the Gluster Workshop is free, sign up today on the LinuxCon/CloudOpen sign-up page. Note: Choose the “Speaker” registration and use the code GLUSEU13 if you’re not registering / registered for the rest of the conference.

London Community Day – 29th October

In previous podcasts we’ve talked about the cancellation of the London Community Day, well it’s all back on and taking place in London in Hoxton on 29th October. Again I am attending with podcast mic in hand !

There is a stellar cast of speakers and breakouts and you can register either by meetup.com or Eventbrite.

London Community Day Agenda

14:00 – 15:00 – The State of the Gluster Community – John Mark Walker, Red Hat
15:00 – 16:00 – GlusterFS for SysAdmins – Tom Llewelyn, Red Hat
16:00 – 16:15 – Break
16:15 – 17:00 – Cloud Storage with OpenStack and GlusterFS – Udo Seidel, Amadeus
17:00 – 18:00 – Gluster for Developers – Justin Clift, Red Hat
18:00 – 18:30 – Gluster Forge Demos
18:30 – 19:30 – Happy hour! Drinks and light snacks for everyone

I will be there and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Now go download the podcast. Please. I’m asking nicely.

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xPaaS – cornerstone of Cloud

A fortnight ago Craig Muzilla and Paul Cormier announced the ambitious launching of xPaaS the Red Hat vision for the adoptance and standardisation of enterprise Cloud PaaS. By unifying a set of strategies and technologies proven in their own specific business areas, OpenShift and JBoss. Obviously with JBoss providing the underlying secured grunt under OpenShift it was only a matter of time before the realisation that there would be a defined offering made available for public consumption. xPaaS is very real and represents a subtle gamechanger that I’ll provide further focus on in this article.

Leading from the front, Red Hat continue to shape and to prosper what Cloud is as a consumable catalogue service rich environment for enterprises to rack up to safely and with confidence. To outline a comprehensive, open and uniformed PaaS built of the constructs and technologies that are already used by so many customers you don’t have to look too closely to realise that it also represents a clever move to circumvent the timeline of application migration to Cloud while lending credibility and an important tick box to the decision makers within enterprises who were otherwise looking to curtail ambition around Cloud deployment.

The JBoss teams in Red Hat have long since described JBoss technologies as cloud friendly, this just further provides continued emphasis that the engineering capabilities in Red Hat have moved one step further to extend beyond the datacenter and traditional enterprise network perimeter to Cloud.

Having read the reactions from the IT press and industry analysts now that the dust has settled a fortnight post announcement there are two major missing pieces of the jigsaw that they’ve missed entirely.

xPaaS – extending the catalogue to Service Providers

I have pointed out in talks I give at Cloud events and in my podcasts that one of the problems I’ve seen with Cloud providers globally was the rush to stand environments up to compete with Amazon or “to have something to offer”. A lot of providers rushed to get Cloud 1.0 out the door and then had to bare the costs as those platforms then lost them a chunk of revenue whilst their traditional managed hosting businesses had to pay the bills. Sadly a lot of those platforms built around proprietary technologies mean that even now the costs of adoption have to be passed on to the customer, but also now mean that further re-architecture requirements to build a Cloud of “what people want” now mean a lot of that investment has to be made in Open technologies to remain relevant.

xPaaS for the first time means that those providers actually have a major reason to think about the writing off of those initial Cloud adoption costs to move to open hybrid cloud built of proven secure building blocks and to follow their more switched on counterparts and competitors using KVM as the hypervisor of choice. xPaaS hosted within a provider gives a Cloud provider partner something essential. Revenue stickiness. Customer onboarding and attraction is never easy in a crowded marketplace but now heres the gamechanger opportunity to be able to be a happy part of the foodchain rather than a bitter pill to swallow.

The second opportunity – the JBoss community win win

The JBoss eco-system is packed solid with the most amazing developers who both contribute to the upstream JBoss.org codebase but also who provide services and solutions built around JBoss. The emergence of xPaaS is a huge vote of confidence allowing them to be able to work with their enterprise customers to push solutions onto supported xPaaS either in public or private cloud, driving revenue opportunity and new partnership opportunities to these partners.

So in many ways the birth of xPaaS was always going to be significant, I hope by playing the angles we can demonstrate that it’s more relevant than you thought possible as a vote of confidence in enterprise migration of applications to a secure business as usual platform as a service technology platform allowing you to do what you do best.

Podcast & streaming video – OpenStack


Apologies it’s taken so long to get the latest content online. The two recorded podcasts I had scheduled had to be dropped because of content issues / legal issues and having been on paternity leave and then conference travel time has got the better of me.

Yesterday we made up for it, Rhys Oxenham has a new role at Red Hat that we want to get out there and talk about and also there is a lot of cool stuff happening in OpenStack aligned with milestone 3 of Havana and open hybrid cloud in general.

The podcasts we recorded, the first we’re bringing you this week, the second one next Wednesday, however there is a break with tradition. If you’ve ever wondered how we do these podcasts especially on the road, I’ve made a video for you of the podcast which you can stream below.

Enjoy and come back next week for another show and some great articles.

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VMWorld 2013 – Come visit our booth

If you are planning on visiting VMWorld this week in San Francisco (see map here of locations across the show campus) please make sure to take time out to visit Booth 522 and meet my colleagues from Red Hat who are in attendance.

We will be talking Red Hat Open Hybrid Cloud, demonstrating CloudForms and the latest beta 2.1 which includes support for OpenStack, our OpenShift Enterprise platforms, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation and Red Hat Storage.

We love attending VMWorlds in the US and Europe and will also be attending the Barcelona show in the fall. It’s always a busy booth packed with people wanting to know more about where we are at with Cloud.

More importantly this year for the first time we’re demonstating CloudForms and it’s ability to kick the ass of every other VMWare friendly virtualised environment across cloud types. It’s a game changer that has analysts and the press alike talking about how Red Hat has enabled Cloud management to become a realistic technology adoption curve for enterprises. Taking the game to VMWare and Microsoft for the first time and it’s not for nothing that customers are really excited and adopting fast.

Make time out to go visit Booth 522. Tell them I sent you.

Two Part Podcast Special: Cliff Perry / Satellite / Spacewalk / YRS2013

This week we have a slight detour in our podcasting scheduling. I originally intended this show to go out last Wednesday but the original audio had way too much echo so we ended up re-recording in the recording studio environment at Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol.

The podcast this week is in two parts. Deliberately.

The first part is with Cliff Perry of Red Hat, the guy managing the developers and timeline for Red Hat Satellite and the Spacewalk community project. He holds the record for the most popular ever podcast ever published in my podcast catalogue. Over 7000+ people downloaded the show we recorded in 2012 talking about Satellite so we’re bringing it up to date with a new show with 5.6 release around the corner and the engineering roadmap to 6.0 already ramped up.

This is where we then diverge. I’ve already said that we recorded this in a studio for once, not in a motorway service station or rented office space or on the run as is the norm. The studio was kindly lent to us by one of the UK’s most creative and diverse environments located in an area of massive social deprivation in Bristol. At the centre, Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol this week was Young Rewired State, one of thirty five venues across the United Kingdom taking part in the global programme that has already this year taken in so many territories worldwide. I encourage you to visit their website and to read more about what it is they accomplish working with young people all over the world. In Bristol this week like so many other locations across the country children and teenagers got together, ninety percent of them without having ANY programming capability or exposure to learn to use open source and open data to build market ready applications for mobile devices and online portals in a five day window. Working together with mentors in groups made up of people they had never met they were exposed to Python, Java, HTML, CSS, MySQL etc etc. I visited Tuesday to record our initial failed recording and then again for the day on Thursday and in between decided with Cliff that this was something Red Hat should be involved with supporting. Google and Facebook already amongst the sponsors and supporters.

Our support is different in that we can provide something that they can’t. Targeted listening and awareness of the initiative and also the ongoing program globally. My shows are listened to in approaching thirty nine countries worldwide and syndicated across multiple platforms and clients so if we can get the word out not just in the form of us talking, but also the kids themselves.

So Friday we re-recorded the Red Hat Cloud podcast for CloudEvangelist which you can download below but also after Cliff and I discussed stuff we recorded a second show.

Part two of the podcast is interviewing one of the leaders at Knowle West Media Centre, Hannah, and then four of the young people coding and building these apps and experiencing Young Rewired State, Ben, Katy, Hal and Cliff Perry’s son Rhys. This is the first time any of them had ever spoken into a microphone so an experience for them to add to the week they’d already had. We’ve made it available to you entirely as an optional download as it is nearly 40 minutes long however it touches on a lot of areas we all need to think about:

How do we engage and put back into the community in Cloud or using Cloud ? How do we behave in a socially and moral way to promote inclusion and also to promote equality in the workplace and hiring regardless of gender ? How do we make sure the next generations of technical people who may be the founders and creators of new technology are given a good grounding. All of these affect all of us reading this. So if you want to listen to episode one, maybe also think about listening to part two and doing it with an open mind as we make it light hearted and fun as well as authoritative. At Red Hat we are all about being open, connecting with the world around us, digital inclusion for all and making the Cloud and the internet a better place that gives back.

These podcasts are an example of how we should all be doing it.


I want to thank the amazing staff at Knowle West Media Centre you are an utter inspiration and we will work together again very soon. That’s a given.

Download Cliff and I talking shop and some YRS stuff – here in MP3 format, part two of the podcast you can grab here

Cloud: Doing your research pays dividends

Over the last sixteen years of being paid full time to work on Linux and Open Source I have seen technology grow enormously, I’ve seen projects both explode as well as implode and fork, protocols appear, new ways of solving old problems evolve and companies both rise and fall. One thing has remained the same, the conjecture and the articles written by analysts and journalists alike to describe how we all create our pathways to new technology.

To survive in this marketplace any company worth it’s stock price and meeting analyst and customer expectation accordingly needs to have a very flexible but defined set of controls over it’s development, acquisition and market approach. It’s been the same since the dawn of IBM and Xerox and it continues to be the same. One thing that of course has changed has been the shackles imposed by intellectual property being “owned by the fee” to the ability of companies globally to share in the rapid and agile methodologies afforded by using Free and Open Source Software. Reduced time to market, the ability to reverse positions and to move quickly to change market approach and to re-think strategy has become fluid and entirely dynamic. This has of course, not come without significant challenges, and the responsibility of all of us to ensure that we don’t just consume but also contribute back and to maintain the strength and the community heartbeat of Open Source as we take next steps.

Let’s be very clear, Open Source allows organisations to sandpit and build proof of concepts in all areas of technology in a more rapid fashion than ever before and it allows a consensus to grow in every business vertical that unless we adopt, connect and give back we are not partaking in the spirit, but simply reaping the benefits without solving new problems and sharing experience on the way. Red Hat has given back to the community since day one and continues to do so and we also benefit along that route and produce, and support solutions that are best of breed around Linux and Cloud. It’s not a secret, we even show you how the sausages are made, it’s transparent and it’s in your face and customers globally rely on us to maintain software, services and guidance around Open Source.

Open Source could have been described by some in the industry as revolution, in fact you only have to go back and see how young many of us looked in RevolutionOS and other features produced around that time, but more than anything Open Source has supplemented other methodologies and earnt a place at the head of the table for every major household name online brand you could care to name by virtue of it’s flexible nature and power. More than revolution there was steady evolution, responsible guidance and frameworks for growth from companies who emerged. Caldera, Linuxcare, VA Linux, Red Hat, Penguin Computing, SuSE amongst the ranked masses that appeared in the late 1990s. Red Hat, we’re still here. We don’t take for granted for one second the creativity and the power of the community, we still contribute and employ more Open Source key figures than any other SEC listed company worldwide. We also still contribute to every aspect of Open Source and Free Software Communities as well as pushing the mantra of Open being key to what we do and how we succeed.

So this brings us up to where we are today with Cloud.

Recently a couple of articles have appeared that invited discussion and painted a picture of Red Hat and our Cloud Engineering focus that I’d like to correct and to try and explain out. Without conjecture and without the need to appear that I’m playing a biased card because genuinely I’m not, just both articles had me scratching my head having read them confused at the editorial direction and trying desperately to work out how we were being positioned without due diligence seemingly not being done in the drafting of either.

The first was from Laurent Lachal at Ovum. Anybody who has met Laurent knows him as a polished and versatile analyst with his finger right on the pulse, I took part in a thinktank event with him not so long ago and it was great to see him at work, a real thinker, erudite with great balance to technology. His article which appeared in late June on Ovum’s portal confused me slightly because of the positioning. The opening gambit of Red Hat “needing to get out of it’s comfortzone – OpenStack not being the new Linux” confused me greatly, I understood the need for market differentiation and the need to be different but the whole gambit was entirely wrong, hit the tree and missed the apple by a royal mile.

If anybody, analyst or journalist alike thinks that the company who gets to the winning post has the best supported OpenStack solution or a one size fits all installable supportable solution then they’ve misunderstood where we are in 2013 with enterprise computing and solving the needs of our customers. Fact.

Day in day out Red Hat works globally on projects and contributes code, solutions and importantly people, not just our own staffers but our vitally valued and critically important reseller and partner community to solve first world problems in Cloud and virtualisation. We supplement and promote key decision making ability across companies who are looking ahead to OpenStack and other infrastructure solutions to understand how they’re going to form the successful and strong foundations of where to go. Red Hat has long since stopped being just a distribution based company, Red Hat has been out there proving it’s mettle and underwriting and supporting the ambition of customers getting the best out of their rollcall and their investments in technology – and we also have a Linux distribution, RHEL which continues to be the dominant enterprise Linux player. Nobody at Red Hat thinks that OpenStack is the new Linux. Brian Stevens even said it on stage in Amsterdam in November last year at the GigaOM conference, it’s even Google’able. If the main man says it then am entirely unsure what the remit and direction of the editorial stance is ?

Also confused – What is Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (RHEL-OP) ? It’s described in the article at the commercial version of RDO.. Don’t know what RHEL-OP is, we announced RHOS (Red Hat OpenStack) and it isn’t the commercial supported version of RDO. We explained what RDO was eight weeks before this article went live – it’s even been available on the RDO website since the Monday we launched it at the OpenStack Developer Summit in Portland. Search engines are great at enabling that when researching a position paper or article that you are able to align your sources and editorial before pressing the nuclear publish button. If there is confusion, guess what there are also podcasts available with the RDO community team lead on this very portal that explain what RDO is and what Red Hat OpenStack is. There is also a plethora of other resources such as the podcasts I recorded with Perry Myers and Rhys Oxenham two weeks before this analyst article went live that was listened to by 3,000+ people (including analysts) on the official Red Hat Summit podcast channel so no real excuse for getting stuff so categorically “wrong” . The paragraph “Red Hat needs to more clearly define how it plans to converge its technologies” then goes on once more to entirely confuse our actual stance around Cloud engineering. At Red Hat we’re open and transparent. It’s one of the reasons people feel safe because we tell people what we put in our sausages and we work hard to communicate effectively with customers – ahead of time. We’re a subscription based company built on strong foundations of engineering excellence and communicating our services and our solutions to resellers and customers alike. It’s something that works well and something that we always strive to ensure is a deliberate go to market strategy.

To this end on the 16th June we released tools to help people understand our strategy around RHCI to enable and aid customers looking at workload migration and to also make sure that our pathway and positioning was easily understood. Alongside these paper tools and online articles we even released a video detailing what our stance is and how we’re working hard to enable transition and change in Cloud. So once more I’m left scratching my head as to trying to understand that if we release this stuff a whole nine days before the analyst piece appeared on Ovum as to why the positioning in the article was so blatantly at odds with reality ? My good friend Stephen J Vaughan Nicholls at ZDNet whose counsel and guidance I regularly rely on published this article on the 13th June almost a fortnight before that did well to paint the reality of how hard we’re working to enable OpenStack as a developing and critical part of Cloud. Add on the whole raft of keynotes and product specific videos that were available immediately online via YouTube during and post Red Hat Summit a week before the article was posted actually gave root and branch guidance as to our stance without having to even do a great deal of homework, you just have to listen to Paul Cormier or Brian Stevens (especially the cameo from Mark McLoughlin who features on podcasts here) to have enough correct info to position your piece accurately without conjecture or mistake.

The second article was from Brian Proffitt carrying the headline – Reality Check – OpenStack is NOT the new Linux. Might be worth you reading it (clicking on it will open it in a new window).

Now Brian is somebody I personally owe a lot to and whom I have a great deal of personal admiration for. On September 22nd 2000 he published the worlds first polished editorial reviews of our then GPL project SmoothWall that myself and Lawrence Manning were quietly creating in a back bedroom in Hampshire in the UK that would go on to be so huge worldwide and still so popular in millions of networks worldwide. He’s written books that I have on my bookcase and he’s someone I look up to a lot and is one of the original good guys of Open Source and he won’t take it personally if I react to his editorial. At least I hope not. To be very clear here’s a guy who has written and published more editorial in a calendar month than I have in years. You’ve probably read dozens of his articles. However this piece I disagreed with entirely and I know I don’t stand alone. I read it three times, I shared it with people I trust inside and outside of Red Hat who scratched their head and again didn’t quite get the conclusions or the workings . It genuinely didn’t seem to have a point to it and meandered around in circles without making conclusions that merited being published on Linux.com. I can call it out I pay my annual membership to the Linux Foundation and I always loudly support their goals and aims. Just very surprised that this merited publication didn’t suggest balance in the final draft. In some ways the article made some of the same salient points Laurent attempted without research to project across. Maybe it influenced the article, who knows. I know Brian works at SuSE as an evangelist and I am wearing my red Fedora to type this but don’t expect some MTV style Cloud Deathmatch any day soon. Open Source invites discussion, views that differ and provides an avenue for clarity and resolution in all areas of good software development and release and our reporting and analysis of it is no different.

Let’s be clear where we are at without conjecture

At Red Hat we always strive to communicate openly and transparently (and this is in no particular order):

  • To the market, our shareholders, analysts the press etc
  • To our global customers
  • To our partners throughout the world
  • To resellers and the channel who do an amazing job assisting customers with OSS solutions
  • To our community and the wider Linux and OSS community who we rely on to behave in the same manner
  • To customers we haven’t yet welcomed into the Red Hat family

It’s like showing your math working in an examination or test, it’s about being open and transparent so situations like this don’t arise if you use the freely available information at your fingertips to make reasoned judgement using accurate sources. When I record shows and write articles I try to do my homework, Google is my friend and where I need concise information I go and ask people for guidance and information or I don’t hit that publish button. OpenStack has a foundation that Red Hat contribute to, Mark McLoughlin sits on the board and we again are supportive and open to everything that OpenStack stands for and where it’s going. Anybody who thinks that Red Hat is trying to “take over” or to be the best polished OpenStack distribution or make Red Hat the dominant player in OpenStack alone is so far away from the reality of how Cloud is consumed and provisioned by IT departments who want the best out of their technology and simply want a safe bet. Given how many customers globally look to Red Hat compared to every other OSS player for enterprise support it therefore doesn’t surprise me that there are some conclusions reached often where things are slightly rose tinted.

I hope I’ve explained why in this case it’s really quite vital that I feel that you need to prepare before publishing a position piece which can otherwise look inaccurate. Sources like my portal should be invaluable to analysts as you get to hear from the horses mouth as it were, from the people involved in the podcasts I release and the articles I link to from my Twitter feed. I do half the leg work for you.

Getting to the Cloud relies entirely on engineering excellence, relies on knowing the problems you need to solve and being open and entirely diligent about the steps you take in order to build service and offerings. To not learn from the lessons and experiences of the last fifteen years at Red Hat flies in the face of what this company is about and where we are taking this organisation fuelled by the passion and integrity of the staff and the ethos of the company.

We have no secret sauce, we just have the ambitions and the goodwill of the forward thinking customers globally to take care of, openly.