Not long ago, during the Republican Nation Convention in Cleveland, Red Hat and a number of tech companies showcased an industry initiative, the Global Center for Health Innovation at the HIMSS Innovation Center. The companies, and the center, used the opportunity to raise the profile of healthcare information technology (HIT) among attendees of the convention.
Red Hat and Lenovo have a history of working together to deliver open source solutions that meet the critical security and reliability requirements of businesses. The two companies are at it again. Lenovo recently announced an initiative, to develop integrated open source solutions specifically for the telecommunications industry. These solutions will provide the backbone for rich mobile content, 5G networks and IoT workloads, according to Lenovo, and Lenovo says it plans to work with Red Hat to develop a certified solution stack based on Red Hat’s network function virtualization (NFV) platform, built on Red Hat OpenStack Platform.
The following post is reprinted with permission from Rackspace, a Red Hat partner. Red Hat and Rackspace are hosting an event during OpenStack East, Aug. 23-24 at the PlayStation Theater in New York City.
Rackspace with Red Hat OpenStack Platform: Better Together
By Daniel Sheppard – July 20, 2016
I had the opportunity for an insightful discussion with John Santa and Amy Fellows from OpenNotes at the Red Hat Summit 2016. Santa was responding to my curiosity around the plausibility of technology being used to address some of the cultural challenges around open data sharing in the healthcare ecosystem.
An open source cloud management platform (CMP) can help accelerate the development of a carrier-class network function virtualization (NFV) management and orchestration (MANO) subsystem. There are also NFV orchestration (NFVO) capabilities that support orchestration and automation of modern cloud-native applications. And while virtualized infrastructure management (VIM) within the MANO subsystem of the ETSI NFV reference architecture has been converging around OpenStack, solutions and standards for virtualized network functions manager (VNFM) and NFV orchestrator (NFVO) functions continue to emerge.
In an era of electronic healthcare records (EHR), new IT capabilities and next-generation communications are driving innovation within the healthcare industry like never before. Gartner’s 2016 healthcare predictions, as summarized in a paper published in April of this year, illustrate the substantial role IT has in driving innovation in healthcare, as IT shifts from being a supporter to a driver of modernization and innovation. But how should the industry plan for this?
I had the pleasure of participating in an open source panel at the 2016 Cisco Live event last month in Las Vegas. Much like the host city, the event was larger than life – huge and packed with energy.
For the panel, I was joined by Cisco’s VP and CTO of cloud computing, Lew Tucker; Lauren Cooney, senior director of open source strategy at Cisco; Phil Robb, senior director of networking solutions for the Linux Foundation; and Charles Eckel, DevNet open source developer evangelist at Cisco.
Today’s technological advances, growing digital disrupters, new regulatory requirements and high customer expectations are pressuring bank CIOs to identify new sources for delivering IT modernization and digital innovation. Determining how to respond in a balanced way that is both stable and agile presents its own unique challenges, and a paper published this past April–“Digital Innovation in Banks: IT Infrastructure Modernization Accelerates Progress,” offers sage advice.
Virtual network environments offer a number of benefits, and we’re already seeing providers and enterprises moving their entire infrastructures to virtual systems. But there are still shortcomings. For one, virtual machine (VM) network performance needs to scale so it can support higher-demanding workloads like those with network functions virtualization (NFV). Now, there’s a mandatory multi-queues feature in Open vSwitch (OVS) to scale the VM network performance.
Stories of trusted cloud solutions are many. Chris Wright, VP and chief technologist for the Office of Technology at Red Hat, spoke on the topic at the recent OpenStack Summit. His presentation centered around success stories, including insight on Verizon’s recent rollout of OpenStack cloud solutions. Verizon’s Chris Emmons, director of network infrastructure planning, joined him on stage to share details on the rollout successes and challenges.