Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat, opens the 2014 Red Hat Summit in front of a filled ballroom at Moscone Center South in San Francisco. (Photo: Red Hat)

Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat, opens the 2014 Red Hat Summit in front of a filled ballroom at Moscone Center South in San Francisco. (Photo: Red Hat)

Red Hat Summit Focuses on Cloud Integration

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Celebrating its 10th annual Red Hat Summit event in San Francisco this week Red Hat (RHT) put the focus on developers, with announcements of integrating cloud, hybrid and Internet of Things using JBoss Fuse 6.1 and JBoss A-MQ 6.1, delivering on the promise of modern middleware, and a success story with IBM in helping Casio implement a virtualized storage infrastructure. The event conversation can be followed on Twitter hashtag #rhsummit.

Offering a boost to its standards-based integration and messaging products Red Hat announced the availability of JBoss Fuse 6.1 and JBoss A-MQ 6.1 to  extend and simplify integration to all facets of the enterprise. The technologies ease the development and maintenance of integration solutions and provide a vast array of connectivity options.  JBoss Fuse 6.1 and JBoss A-MQ 6.1 feature full support of AMQP 1.0 (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol), a vast library of connectors, ability to manage integration processes and improved high availability.

As part of its vision to establish a unified platform that encompasses the development and management of end-to-end applications that span the web, process orchestration and integration, Red Hat released JBoss Fuse 6.1 on OpenShift as a developer preview. The preview allows users to explore the messaging and integration capabilities of Apache ActiveMQ and Apache Camel running in a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment. Users can run integration in the cloud, allowing for message queueing, transformation, and routing, which are many of the same capabilities provided by integration PaaS (iPaaS) offerings.

“Integration can be a daunting task for organizations with IT assets spread across on-premise, hybrid, or cloud-based environments,” said Mike Piech, general manager, Middleware, Red Hat. “Our goal is to simplify integration and provide consistent, reliable, and highly interoperable connections to all facets of the enterprise, and in doing so, unlock the value of existing assets and enable faster innovation.”

Middleware meets cloud

After promising Red Hat JBoss xPaaS services for OpenShift last fall, Red Hat is ready to deliver the abstractions and capabilities of traditional middleware in a more immediate, unified, and powerful—yet simple—paradigm enabled by the cloud. It demonstrates this with integration, business process management and mobile services through four xPaaS services: Application Container Services (aPaaS), Integration Services (iPaaS), Business Process Services (bpmPaaS) and Mobile Services (mPaaS) – based on the AeroGear project. Red Hat will now focus on hardening the integration and business process technologies for production use and then begin to bring the services together into a unified experience.

Red Hat and IBM help Casio with virtualized storage infrastructure

Red Hat and IBM announced that Casio Computer Company has realized significant results in IT efficiency, performance and cost savings with a solution comprising Red Hat Storage, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and IBM System x servers. By combining virtualized industry-standard servers with open software-defined storage, Casio now has a highly available and agile storage solution that can accommodate heavy data workloads by scaling to petabytes. IBM System x servers with Red Hat solutions were used to provide the backbone for the virtualized environment to offer reliability and support for new digital capabilities focused on increasing sales and visibility of Casio’s clock, digital cameras and tablets products.

Within two years, Casio slashed its storage costs in half by integrating the internal storage disks of multiple servers and using it as one large storage pool that is accessible through the virtualized server. The Red Hat Storage management console also provides a simplified and unified way to manage both the storage and virtualized server environments for optimized performance.

“By deploying Red Hat Storage with Red Hat Virtualization running on IBM x series servers, we were finally able to build a storage environment at a low cost while using commodity servers,” said Kazuyasu Yamazaki, group manager of the IT Infrastructure Group at Casio Information Service. “Our costs, including various procurement costs and operating fees, fell to less than half of what we had been spending before implementing Red Hat Storage. And, our IT usage was by no means optimal or efficient. We were locked in by vendors’ proprietary storage hardware technologies, so we couldn’t manipulate the system ourselves.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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