Red Hat debuts Open Innovation Labs to offer collaborative open source cloud, DevOps residency program

Red Hat created on Tuesday Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, a consulting service that helps companies integrate people, methodology, and technology to solve business challenges in an accelerated fashion. It has been designed to enable customers to jumpstart innovation and software development initiatives the open source way.

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs is an 8-week residency focused on integrating people, methodology,

and technology to start to address customers’ business challenges in an accelerated fashion. As part of an Open Innovation Labs consulting engagement, customers will work collaboratively in a residency-oriented lab environment with Red Hat experts to jumpstart innovation and software development initiatives using open source technology and DevOps methods.

Currently available in North America, Red Hat Open Innovation Labs with full global availability planned within the year. With this offering, users can modernize applications; tackle new challenges in

mobile, cloud and microservices; realize quick time to value with a push button infrastructure and automated development environment; and develop a complete prototype application.

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs aims to help customers work on real business problems from day one, using Red Hat’s push-button infrastructure and automated development environments, teams can more quickly start development once the residency begins, enabling quicker time to value. Users can  take advantage of modern application development technologies and methodologies, including migrations, microservice architectures, container application platforms, DevOps, application and data integration, mobile and hybrid cloud strategies.

With its re-platform existing applications for scale-out with OpenStack and public cloud infrastructures, the Innovation Labs will bridge legacy and new application development efforts on one platform, helping teams design and develop solutions to modernize applications, or take on entirely new challenges.

It also allows users to innovate the Red Hat way by engaging with the open source community and collaborating in upstream projects; innovate onsite and virtually, meeting new requirements as a result of digital transformations, offering distributed teams access to environments in different locations. Red Hat provides a more secure cloud environment so authorized team members can work together, and development can happen on the site, in a Red Hat lab environment, or virtually.


The Ceph Community, a Red Hat sponsored worldwide collection of developers working to build the Ceph software-defined storage project, announced Tuesday initial implementation of a large-scale Ceph storage cluster environment. This cost-effective, energy-efficient four watt converged microserver, developed by WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage vendor Western Digital, provides true flexibility of applications executing on a microserver.

The large scale Ceph storage cluster demonstration using 504 WDLabs converged microservers allows users to load any operating system and software on the device, enabling Ceph storage to run directly on the drive. Testing conducted by WDLabs showed that implementation of the server can also reduce costs when building out future Ceph storage and Red Hat application clusters.

This self-contained design is an ideal match for Ceph’s scale-out architecture. The Ceph object storage daemon (OSD) fits on each microserver, creating a flat parallel space. The microserver architecture is designed to localize the problem if a server is ever lost without impacting the entire rack of JBOD drives.

Super Micro Computer contributed their open-source based total solutions expertise to this collaborative effort, providing specialized chassis for disaggregated storage, core servers and networking.


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