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.
At this year’s Red Hat Summit 2016, held June 27-30 in San Francisco, attendees were privy to a detailed presentation about open-source networking technologies—how they work, how they’re integral to each other, how they perform, and how they create the foundation for software-defined network (SDN) implementations designed for deploying containers, OpenStack, and network functions virtualization (NFV). Presenters Nir Yechiel, senior technical product manager – OpenStack, and Rashid Khan, senior development manager – Platform Networking, both with Red Hat, covered everything from overviews of the various open-source technologies to Red Hat’s approach to SDN and NFV and more.
Join Azhar Sayeed, Red Hat chief architect, for a webinar discussion of the most popular use cases for network functions virtualization (NFV): vEPC, a mobile-core network system that accommodates LTE access systems, and virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE), which is a way to deliver network services such as routing, firewall security and virtual private network connectivity to enterprises by using software rather than dedicated hardware devices.
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.