by Swapnil Bhartiya

Six highlights of Red Hat Summit 2017

May 05, 2017
Cloud ComputingLinuxOpen Source

Major announcements and awards from this week's event.

At the Red Hat Summit 2017, the company showed how it is evolving from being a Linux vendor to a cloud provider and recognized the work of individuals and partners who have contributed to the popularity of open source.

Collaboration with AWS: Multi or hybrid cloud is the future. Companies are using a mix of cloud technologies and Red Hat is working on making it easier to access AWS services right from Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Customers can use the Red Hat OpenShift console to configure and deploy a huge set of AWS services, including Amazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift, Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, and Elastic Load Balancing.

It goes beyond just offering services, Red Hat and Amazon are also working together on development so that they can align release dates, which will make it easier for Red Hat customers to gain immediate access to new AWS services. What good is a cloud vendor that doesn’t offer cloud-based developer tools? Red Hat announced its first end-to-end cloud-native developer tool called It’s a Kubernetes-based container management platform designed for creating cloud-native, container based applications.

Container Heath Index: Security is extremely critical in the container world and customers are mixing different containers, adding another layer of complexity. To help such customers, Red Hat announced the “Container Health Index,” which inspects and grades container products from Red Hat as well as those from certified ISV partners. Red Hat said that it will be certifying 20 ISV partner products within the next 90 days.

Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes: Red Hat also announced a pre-built container runtime for multi-language microservices. The runtime includes support for Spring Boot, Java EE, Eclipse MicroProfile, Eclipse Vert.x, and Node.js. It’s natively integrated with OpenShift, which allows DevOps to create, integrate, deploy and manage cloud-native applications.

Red Hat Women in Open Source Award: The winners this year were Avni Khatri, president of Kids on Computers, and Jigyasa Grover, a student at Delhi Technological University.

Red Hat Innovation Awards: Rackspace, the company that created OpenStack along with NASA, won the 2017 Red Hat Innovation Award in the ‘cloud infrastructure’ category. The ‘DevOps implementation’ award went to Barclays Bank PLC. The winner in ‘the open source way’ category was the Government of British Columbia, Office of CIO. Macquarie Bank won the award in the ‘enterprise transformation’ category. The ‘application optimization’ award went to the Secretariat of Planning, Administration and Finance (SEPAF), Government of the State of Jalisco, Mexico.