OpenStack Summit Austin: A Red Hat Week in Review

It’s always great to hear from companies that have adopted OpenStack and are already reaping rewards. Last week, at the OpenStack Summit, we got to hear terrific stories from several companies, including Verizon, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and more. Red Hat punctuated those stories with some of its own innovation, including the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs and the addition of a VNF (Virtualized Network Function) certification level for our partners.

In his keynote on last Monday, OpenStack Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce talked a lot about disruption and diversity, saying “times of disruption are the times of greatest opportunity.” He went on to say “In these times of disruption, you really need a strategy for taking advantage of diversity in IT.” Bryce noted the heavy telecom presence at OpenStack Summit, pointing to telecom and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) as the fastest growing OpenStack use cases over the past year.

On the first day of the summit, Verizon announced completion of the industry’s largest known NFV OpenStack cloud deployment, with the support of Red Hat, Dell and Big Switch Networks. The project has been in the works since last year and spans five of Verizon’s U.S. data centers encompassing more than 50 racks, based on OpenStack with Red Hat Ceph Storage and a spine-leaf fabric for each pod controlled through a Neutron plugin to Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

On Wednesday at the summit, Verizon joined Red Hat and Big Switch Networks on stage to share the pod design for NFV that came out of our collaborative efforts to deliver Verizon’s solution, which is now available for online viewing.

With open innovation, collaboration and leadership the sky’s the limit, right? We at Red Hat believe so. Case in point: NASA’s JPL has announced that it has built a private cloud based on Red Hat OpenStack Platform to process planetary exploration data, including all four Mars rovers (to read NASA JPL’s use of OpenStack, and more about the first day of the OpenStack Summit, check out this blog post on another of Red Hat’s blogs, Red Hat Stack. By the way, OpenStack has made its way into  several other innovative and leading-edge labs: Oak Ridge National Lab and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

During the week of the OpenStack Summit, Red Hat also unveiled new services and initiatives designed to help solve business challenges, reduce risks and increase efficiencies using open source technology, OpenStack and NFV. We announced Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, a consulting service that lets customers work collaboratively, in a residency-oriented lab environment, with Red Hat experts to jumpstart innovation and software development initiatives using open source technology and DevOps methods. We also announced the addition of a deeper, VNF certification level to our existing NFV certification offering, which is designed to help partners strengthen their NFV solutions. The certification level is available now for partners who are a part of Red Hat Connect for Technology Partners. In the coming weeks, the Red Hat Vertical Industries blog will look more closely at the Innovation Labs service and the enhanced certification level.

Last but certainly not least, the Women of OpenStack mentoring program launched this week. The program kick-off strong with 66 mentor matches. You can hear more about the program in this video with IBM’s Emily Hugenbruch.

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