Lessons learned from a large-scale telco OpenStack and SDN deployment.

The obvious cannot be overstated: implementing OpenStack and software defined networking (SDN) at a large telco is a complex undertaking. That’s why it’s just plain good advice to listen in on the experiences of those who’ve already forged such an implementation, and here’s your chance. At the recent OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Red Hat shared its lessons learned from a Red Hat OpenStack deployment with an SDN provider in the telecommunications market in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.

Tune In: How to enhance your container security

Containers are fast becoming the choice for application deployment in enterprises across industries, including telecom, healthcare and financial services. In fact, a June 2016 report from the Cloud Foundry Foundation shows that just over half, or 53 percent, of organizations surveyed had either deployed or were in the process of evaluating containers. Of those, 16 percent have already mainstreamed their use, and another 64 percent expect to mainstream the use of containers in the next year. Still, concerns persist about container security. In reality, containers offer opportunities to enhance security with relatively little additional effort. We hope you’ll join us for a December 6 webinar to discuss both the concerns and opportunities around container security.

Business disruption in the telecommunication market – a five forces analysis on OTT

I was inspired by an article I recently read on computerworld.com, which explained how digital business disrupts the five forces of industry competition.

The “Five Forces” model was developed by Harvard’s Michael Porter and describes the rules of competition as represented by five forces: the entry of new competitors, the threat of substitutes, the bargaining power of buyers, the bargaining power of suppliers, and the rivalry among the existing competitors. Strategy consultants commonly use this approach to analyze a firm’s strategic position within the competitive market.

So how do each of the five forces impact a carrier’s or cable company’s business with regards to over-the-top content (OTT)?

Healthcare organizations see healthy gains from mobile investments

Mobility is becoming standard strategy among U.S. healthcare organizations that want to improve productivity, patient engagement and patient care. In fact, 82 percent of healthcare organizations have a fully implemented mobile strategy and 78 percent say they are achieving a positive return on their mobile app investments, according to Red Hat’s latest mHealth survey. Read on to learn more about the findings of the survey in this blog post written by the Red Hat Mobile Team.

Mobile edge computing in support of IoT

In 2015, there were more than 60 million cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) connections in North America alone, and by 2020, that number will reach 175 million, according to a new study from the GSMA. Forecasts vary on the global internet of things (IoT) market, but several put it at more than a trillion dollars in the next few years. Scalar Market Research estimates that the IoT market will be worth $1.47 trillion this year, and reach nearly $3 trillion by 2022. The global telcos sit in the middle of this – they interconnect all of these devices (along with everything else we use in modern communications today) by hosting “edge” locations in every city and town worldwide. Because of this, telcos are perfectly positioned to support the IoT market by bringing intelligence to the edge in the form of mobile edge computing (MEC).

Red Hat Summit wants your presentation proposals.

Here at Red Hat, we are gearing up for Red Hat Summit 2017, to be held May 2-4 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. We hope you’re gearing up as well, and we invite you to join us in sharing your ideas, insights and innovations in a presentation. The call for proposals is now open through December 2.  

Join Us: Where to find Red Hat’s healthcare team this fall

Healthcare organizations continue to experience big change and opportunity, and there’s a lot to consider – from security and privacy to patient financing and new assistive technologies. Often it helps to check in with partners and providers for insights, advice and support. Here at Red Hat, our healthcare team is ready to provide that, and is gearing up for a busy fall conference season. In fact, it’s already begun with this week’s Security Summit Week Healthcare Day at HIMSS in Cleveland!

Red Hat’s E.G. Nadhan and Craig Klein today at Security Summit Week Healthcare Day in Cleveland

How open source and Red Hat help Swisscom give everyone in Switzerland a ‘piece of the cloud.’

What do telcos think of open source, OpenStack and Red Hat? If you ask Swisscom, all three are helping to deliver modern, highly-scalable cloud platforms. In fact, Swisscom says since deploying Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualization as the basis of its new cloud infrastructure, the company is able to develop and deliver new digital products faster and more efficiently.

Necessity drives innovation in NFV architecture.

Imagine if we could easily order secure network services we want online in the same amount of time it takes to brew a cortado – just minutes. Imagine no more. Lots of excitement and energy continue to surround production deployments of innovative cloud-based network functions virtualization (NFV) services and it is getting even better as enterprise and consumers customers can order, customize, and manage their network services with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Our long-time partners, Swisscom, Verizon, Telefonica, and NTT are expanding their cloud services in an effort to offer enormous savings and agility to their business customers, and to become among first movers that capture their share of the IT as a Service (ITaaS) opportunity that research firms forecast to be worth more than $150 billion in 2020.


Barcelona’s unique architecture by Spanish Catalan architect Gaudí