Red Hat Summit continues today, but we thought we'd take this moment to gather up all the news and interesting talks that occurred yesterday. Here's a short list with links to all the things we announced and chatted about during this virtual event's kick off day.
Since I started in IT, "choice" has been a crucial component of IT decision-making. A CIO neither plans in a vacuum nor just for today. IT leadership has to forecast how a decision that may seem simple right now could deliver nightmarish complexity, an inability to compete or non-compliance with evolving industry regulations. This means choice and flexibility were key considerations in years past, but they remain even more important today even as CIOs embrace their role as cloud operators.
Going all in on cloud services might seem easy, but as an all-in strategy, it is a future bet few CIOs are making to give themselves ultimate flexibility for a fast changing world. Maintaining a large datacenter that is not only spread across multiple locations but now also multiple clouds requires a highly-skilled IT workforce and can incur significant costs. Taking a hybrid approach offers balance, both technologically and economically, but without a consistent hybrid cloud foundation, there are extensive complexities in blending on-premises and cloud services along with the risk of incompatible stacks.
There’s no single right answer for every CIO as a cloud operator, just as there was no single right answer when "all" we had to worry about was building software. This is why choice and flexibility should underpin every decision we make - CIOs need to be able to develop, operate and secure hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands of workloads across multiple environments, an incredibly complex task that must not impact production or require siloed workstreams.
This makes it imperative that the next wave of IT solutions flow effortlessly across the hybrid cloud, from cloud service to datacenter applications and back. Whether it’s a managed service or an on-premises deployment, these workloads should be just that - workloads - that CIOs as cloud operators can run wherever, whenever and however they need to.
Red Hat Summit continues today, and features more product news, more tech talks and more visions of the future for the open hybrid cloud.
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