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Red Hat open source innovation reactions abound from the Twitterati

SAN FRANCISCO -- Most IT pros at the Red Hat Summit 2014 this week were abuzz about the open source innovations revealed, and took to Twitter to let their voices be heard.

Red Hat CEO James M Whitehurst kicked off the conference with a keynote about the importance of focusing on open source and advancing innovation.

Day one of the annual conference focused on developers with an emphasis on the OpenShift Marketplace, which allows enterprises to find appropriate tools for their cloud applications.

The OpenShift Marketplace connects Red Hat's OpenShift Platform as a Service (PaaS) directly to OpenShift Online users, where they can obtain information and tools to find the right fit for building cloud applications.

Openshift, RedHat’s cloud development Platform as a Service (PaaS), led to a lot of Twitter noise regarding cloud and OpenStack. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform has numerous global enterprise deployments.

Some conference-goers predicted the importance of OpenStack. One man took to Twitter to bet how many times OpenStack would be mentioned throughout the three-day conference. Perhaps this would make an entertaining drinking game for those who are live streaming here.

On day two, Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat, took the stage. In 2010, Cormier used his opening keynote to discuss Red Hat's open source advantage over competitors such as Oracle. This year, he described how open source innovation will advance the cloud.

Again, innovation makes its way into the conversation. One Red Hat Summit 2014 attendee @mackanic elaborated further by responding to a critic, "IT must lead the business or else the data scientist will."

Although innovation was a motif at the conference, so was the importance of apps. Several conference-goers noted apps' roles in technology and modern data centers. Cormier also mentioned "the app" in his keynote.

As the conference neared its end, attendees cheered the innovations; some even left San Francisco with Red Hat Innovation Awards. Overall, the company looked to the future -- giving a clearer view of its stance on emerging and hot topics such cloud, hybrid environments and integration with the Internet of Things.


This was first published in April 2014

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