Cloud: The Nuts and Bolts

“We’ve talked about being in an information age for the last 60 years but now we’re finally in the information economy” were the words that came out of Jim Whitehurst’s mouth last night when we sat in a packed auditorium at Red Hat Summit 2012. “60 years after the invention of the computer we are now finally getting to standardized piece parts, what i’d call cloud computing,” – Jim offered up, comparing how the invention of the Autolathe in the 1800s had created a fertile manufacturing capability to produce standardised components rather than needing bespoke craftworkers in-situ with a tap and die set to produce nuts and bolts. Painting the analogy corectly that without these standardised QE’d parts we wouldnt have had the later combustion engine or manned flight etc. He had a point, and by painting a mental picture to the room he nailed it.

Taking the hype out the analogy of Cloud and returning it to a compartmentalised view of the constructs of Cloud. Comparing Red Hat to an ACME rocket type company of the industrial era Jim essentially pegged Red Hat into a really exciting place. That place is the hub room / the machine room and the factory floor of open standardization for the pieces Enterprises need to virtualise and to get to Cloud, to make it accessible and to make it palatable. Reducing the time to market and reducing the risk and the complexities without watering down the governance and the risks.

It was interesting sitting in the room as it filled up noting that this wasn’t an Apple product release ala Tim Cook / Steve Jobs, or some fanbois event. It wasn’t LinuxWorld Expo or akin to anything I’d been to in my sixteen years in Linux. Remember I’ve never been to Summit, I’m the newbie around here, although I work  for Red Hat USA we were having our first child this time last year and I was preoccupied with diapers so I never made it out. The people in the room, the PAYING attendees are people who use Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss as part of their everyday go to work, and as a snapshot of the userbase they represent people that a decade ago you probably would have presumed to be large scale Microsoft users but who have migrated away to a more resilient sensible way of working.

These people sat in the room hanging on Jim’s every weighted word aren’t pasty faced sysadmin types who you’d stereotypically assume (if you believe the mental picture painted by many) who sit and write shell scripts and can build you a LAMP stack in the time it takes many of us to finish reading a daily paper. No. These people listening to Jim, spending time in the partner summit boothes post keynote (in their thousands) were paying to listen to the guy desribing the journey they’re about to go on .

The same people who listened to the amazingly cool JBoss demo Burr Sutter’s team kicked ass with in the JBoss keynote slightly earlier are also the customers and technical exponents who are building the next technical generation of achievement. Not just absorbing and utilising subscriptions but relying on there being Open Standards and componentised approaches to the interaction of tools, languages, protocols, applications and architecture. These people, sat on plastic chairs patiently aren’t consumers of IT they’re the practitioners of expectation and delivery. In short they’re you and I. They’re tasked with doing more with less and doing it better and brighter than the other guy and the only way they can take that roadtrip is by harnessing Linux. They’re sat in a room in Boston because theres a commonality that says that if you don’t want to listen and you don’t think out the box you will be left behind. It’s understood. A common thread amongst the entire room.

The next three days are going to be extremely full of activity for us Red Hatters, I’ve got interviews, podcasts and meet and greets to schedule, we’ll offer you up some exclusive very cool stuff here over the next 72 hours.

Keep refreshing the site as we go and I’ll try and find time to get this stuff published as quickly as we can.

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JBoss Summit Rocks Boston

So I arrived in Boston, Sunday and today have attended six developer sessions and am sat waiting for Craig Muzilla’s keynote JBoss keynote in a packed room here at the Hynes Convention Centre.

Great OpenShift and Gluster sessions earlier and although it’s almost 4pm here Jim doesn’t kick off Summit proper until 5.30 when Red Hat Summit gets green lit for three days of world leading tech. Having seen how much work the staffers and thought leaders at Red Hat have put in the last few months it’s going to be a doozie.

More to follow

Red Hat Summit 2012: I’ll be there

I fly back out to Boston for the nth time this year but this time no daily drive to Westford, this time it’s an entire week of hard work at Red Hat Summit 2012 at the Hynes Convention Centre.

What is Summit ?

For the last eight years Red Hat has held a major conference that also brings in JBoss World to congregate the worlds foremost thought leaders in technology alongside the leaders in industry and business globally to discuss and brainstorm where we’re going as an industry and to look at innovation, new Red Hat technologies and to work out best practices. It’s all about business transformation powered by Open Source technologies.

I’m there with the Cloud team talking about our latest technology releases and the ethos and best practices around Open Cloud. I’ll also be taking podcast gear to record a lot of stuff (hopefully if I can chain people to a table) and recording and writing webinars for release over the summer period. It’s going to be a busy week and I’m teaming up with Red Hat UK’s Graham Biswell to get out there and back as Boston seems to be entirely booked up for hotels as there are a multitude of conferences on next week.

So Who is Speaking from outside Red Hat ?

The keynote speakers for Red Hat Summit and JBoss World 2012 are top executives from companies at the forefront of the evolving technology landscape, including:

  • Accenture’s Adam Burden, executive director, Cloud Application & Platform Services;
  • HP’s Steven Dietch, vice president of worldwide cloud, HP Enterprise Group;
  • IBM’s Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, Software Group;
  • Intel’s Pauline Nist, general manager of Enterprise Software Strategy; and
  • SAP Sybase’s Irfan Khan, senior vice president and chief technology officer

There will be a multitude of keynotes from Red Hat board and management and some great content from Matt Hicks, Eric Schabell, Juan Noceda, Joe Fernandes, Issac Roth, Chris Wells, Thomas Cameron and many others. I’m really looking forward to it.

Red Hat nowadays is a major corporate size company with approaching 4500 employees so you can imagine spread across the globe its necessary to sometimes get downtime with virtual team members who otherwise only converse via the ether.

To find out more information on Summit or to book attendance (it’s cheaper to pre book) then follow this link.