At last years OpenStack Summit in Berlin, Enterprise Times talked with Nick Barcet and James Labocki of Red Hat. Nick Barcet is the Senior Director, OpenStack Product Management at Red Hat while James Labocki is Director, Product Management Solutions at Red Hat. The conversation looked at where customers were on their journey to move from on-premises to the cloud and whether they were using VMs or containers and the impact of orchestration.
Barcet is seeing customers moving far faster than expected. One of the big shifts has been the move to containers rather than VMs. Another is the appearance of Kubernetes and the ability to orchestrate. Customers are adopting containers because they want to get more of the benefits that cloud, and especially multi-cloud offers. But that move is not simple. To get those benefits, both Barcet and Labocki are seeing customers begin to accept the need to rearchitect.
One of the challenges of porting to different clouds and of decomposing VMs to microservice container-based architectures is dependency. Labocki sees this as a place where partners and SI’s can add significant value with their own tools in addition to those the Red Hat delivers.
Barcet talked about project Skydive which went into tech preview at the OpenStack Summit. It calls it a next generation network analyser that will map all the interaction within a data centre or multiple data centres. One of the benefits is that it delivers a graphical map showing the interaction. As the number of customers moving to multi-cloud increases, this is the type of tool that will be essential to seamless migration. It is also the type of tool that IT Security teams are keen to use. They are often ignored when it comes to the mapping of application behaviour. Without that data, it is easy to see how apps get blocked or fail to function.
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