Join us: Security, audits, compliance and cryptography at Red Hat Summit 2017

Among the many challenges telco IT departments have is keeping up with the necessary security and compliance audits to safeguard their systems. And those challenges persist whether the IT environment is physical, virtual, in the cloud, uses containers, or some combination thereof. At this year’s Red Hat Summit in Boston, May 2-4, you’ll have the chance to learn how to mitigate those challenges and the security risks they pose. And you’ll get an inside look at how to establish and secure network communications with the cryptographic components of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

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Containers can help energy, oil and gas companies accelerate adoption of cloud-based HPC.

More companies are adopting cloud-based high performance computing (HPC), especially in industries that require significant computational power. The energy, oil and gas markets are no exception. After all, they rely on advanced computer-aided engineering (CAE), advanced data analytics, seismic processing, and other data- and computationally-demanding applications. But implementing cloud-based HPC will require new approaches that deliver greater flexibility and ease deployments. One such solution? Containers.

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Tune In: Top 10 new features of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 is now available, bringing telecommunications companies increased system-wide scalability and agility, along with enhanced network performance and platform security. In our January 18 webinar, Red Hat’s principal product manager, Rob Young, digs into 10 big changes designed to make your life easier.

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Red Hat open source solutions at the center of KazTransCom’s new cloud services in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is a big country. In fact, it is the world’s ninth largest, with more than 1 million square miles. It has a healthy economy, and its population is growing and becoming more educated and more tech-savvy. Internet users in the country have nearly doubled since 2010, and there’s a competitive telecom industry. It’s with this backdrop that KazTransCom, one of the largest telecommunications operators in Kazakhstan, went about modernizing its telco platform with open source solutions from Red Hat so it could offer new cloud services for business customers.

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17 predictions for the telco industry in 2017.

The new year has arrived. And in the telecommunications industry, we expect it to be busy. That’s a prediction we’re making that you can take to the bank. We won’t leave it at just that, though. We’re about to go on record with well over a dozen other telco predictions. We’re basing these on what’s been happening in 2016, what our customers have been talking about, and what other prognosticators have been saying. Of course, we present these to you with a caveat: these are predictions, and predictions are what Merriam-Webster defines as “what will happen or might happen in the future.” So with that, in 2017 we predict …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Barcelona’s unique architecture by Spanish Catalan architect Gaudí

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Automated NFV security scans in OPNFV continuous integration

At the OPNFV Summit in Berlin, I explained how the OPNFV Security group has integrated security scans in the Continuous Integration  (CI) process. This means that now the Platform Build Tests execute automatic vulnerability checks on the multiple integration environments deployed worldwide as part of the Pharos labs. Here’s a video of the presentation we gave at the summit.

My colleague, Marcos (and co-author of this post) explains the OPNFV Security group’s mission: Improve OPNFV security through architecture recommendations, better documentation, code reviews, upstream collaboration, vulnerability management and security research. It provides an umbrella group to encourage development of security-centric functions within the OPNFV ecosystem and the upstream communities to handle vulnerability and threats in a coordinated manner.

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Industry Buzz: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 now available

The newest version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform is now available, and it gets to the heart of what’s top of mind for many enterprise executives, especially those that oversee IT in highly regulated industries such as financial services and healthcare. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 offers new capabilities to bolster system security, and the news is getting a lot of attention. Here’s a sampling of what the media and others are saying.

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