UPDATED 13:01 EDT / MAY 24 2023


Red Hat Summit’s first day reveals key themes for the future of cloud computing

As day one of Red Hat Summit came to a close in Boston, analysts and attendees were left reflecting on the key insights and takeaways from the event.

“The big theme is how to make it simpler for the end users,” said theCUBE analyst Rob Strechay (pictured, left), emphasizing the focus on driving users toward cloud, Kubernetes and Red Hat Inc.’s OpenShift, all with an end-goal of improving accessibility and efficiency.

This push toward simplification was reiterated throughout the day. The announcements from day 1 were “all about simplification,” according to analyst Paul Gillin (right). Red Hat’s new offerings, including Lightspeed and an event-driven version of Ansible, are designed to reduce complexity and ease the lives of end users and developers.

Strechay, Gillin and co-analyst John Furrier broke down Red Hat Summit day 1, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. (* Disclosure below.)

Ansible: From small niche to mainstream automation

Ansible, an automation platform acquired by Red Hat in 2015, saw a significant shift in positioning during this week’s Summit. Strechay observed a shift in emphasis from Ansible as a small configuration management niche to becoming a central theme of the conference.

“They made Ansible the star of the show today,” Gillin said, adding that he saw this as a sign of Red Hat recognizing the prime opportunity in addressing the escalating complexity of information technology landscapes with Ansible’s automation capabilities.

The integration of Ansible into Red Hat’s event agenda was further underlined by Furrier.

“They’re shutting down and folding in AnsibleFest … that’s coming into the fold,” he said. “That’s big. And they were dominating most of the thematic content.”

Navigating AI in a cloudy landscape

Another significant topic that emerged from the discussions was the relationship between AI and cloud computing. The panel debated the concept of AI “guardrails,” necessary guidelines that prevent AI from spiraling out of control.

Strechay connected this to Red Hat’s emphasis on hybrid cloud: “Nobody knows where is AI going to really live and all that data.”

On this theme, Gillin highlighted how AI’s potential disasters are “lurking in our future.” While AI’s potential problems are a hot topic, there are likely young innovators emerging, ready to solve these problems and create safer, more effective AI systems, he added.

Multicloud and open source: A harmonious future?

Concerning the concept of multicloud, theCUBE’s analysts expressed a certain level of skepticism. While the idea is full of promise, implementation often falls back on homegrown solutions, according to Gillin.

Strechay concurred, noting that the vendors selling the software are not the ones living with the complexities of implementation.

Despite these challenges, the analysts agreed on the essential role of open source in the future of cloud computing. Gillin asserted that “the natural pull of the market now is toward open.” In the context of AI, the analysts acknowledged the need for open-source AI to improve transparency and prevent monopolistic “moats.”

Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of Red Hat Summit:

(* Disclosure: This is an unsponsored editorial segment. However, theCUBE is a paid media partner for the Red Hat Summit event. Red Hat Inc. and other sponsors of theCUBE’s event coverage have no editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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