Among tech topics that generated most buzz at the recently concluded Red Hat Summit in San Francisco - cloud, software defined infrastructures and open source stood out. Leading experts in the industry shared valuable insights on the vast opportunity, business value, and competitive advantages of these technologies.
In one of the discussions, Scott Firth, Director - IBM Software Defined Environments (SDE), delivered insights on the many facets of cloud, software defined and open source including their respective value propositions, implications on IT infrastructure as well as IBM’s next move around these technologies. The discussion was led by SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Wikibon’s Stu Miniman inside theCUBE from the floor of Red Hat Summit 2014. Here are some of the key excerpts of the conversation:
♦ The discussion started with Scott’s comments on the IBM’s strategic decision to invest in Linux back in 1999 when it was still in its infancy stage and IBM’s outlook on open source technologies today
♦ Scott (with IBM for more than 30 years) emphasized some highlights of the long-standing IBM-Red Hat alliance, starting with solutions for Linux applications running on thousands of Linux Virtual Machines on the mainframe, to performing data analytics on Power Systems and Intel-based systems.
♦ On the cloud and open source front, Scott suggested that open source will continue to evolve and that OpenStack is a great example of the community taking the open source move to the next level.
♦ According to him, cloud is a way to transform IT and IBM is using OpenStack as the core technology for its cloud offerings to provide a packaged self-contained product that can be used to manage cloud like infrastructures
♦ When asked about his views on SDE, Scott said, “In a software defined everything, there are two components; first, an application aware IT infrastructure – an infrastructure that understands what applications are going to run, and second; resource smart IT infrastructure – smart utilization of infrastructure resources”. From IBM’s perspective, IT is all about the applications/ workloads and resources and the SDE marries these two components, he added.
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