Software Defined Data Center with Red Hat Cloud and Open Source IT Operations Management

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Authors: Dino Quintero, Shubham Dhar, Luis Cruz Huertas, Doyoung Im, Afzal Khan, Donthy Venkatesh Krishna Chaitanya, Ramesh Kumar Kumar Singh, Manas Mohsin Kunnathodika, Guru Prasad, Shashi Ranjan, Vishal Vinayak Redij, Baldeep Singh, Saurabh Srivastava, Sukrit Thareja, Sreekrishnan Venkiteswaran, Ajit Yadav


This IBM Redbooks publication delivers a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) solution for Cloud workloads, using Red Hat OpenStack for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Red Hat OpenShift for Platform as a Service (PaaS), and IT operations management using open source tools.

Today customers are no longer living in a world of licensed software. Curiosity has increased the demand for investigating the Open Source world for both Community Open Source and Enterprise grade applications. Perhaps you are nodding eagerly in agreement. IBM as one of the contributors to the Open Source community is interested in helping the software be maintained and supported. By having companies like IBM supporting the evolution of Open Source software, helps to keep the Open Source community striving for enterprise grade open source solutions.

Lately, companies have been working on deciphering how to take advantage of both Enterprise and Community Open Source to implement in their enterprises. The business case for open source software is no longer a mystery and no surprise that most of the new positions in IT enterprises are related to open source projects.

The ability of a large enterprise to manage this sort of implementations is to engage in a hypertrophied cooperation, where the ability to not only cooperate with teams and people outside your organization, but also to find new ways of working together and come up with new ways to improve the software and its code.

A goal for this publication is to help the client's journey into the open source space and implement a private Cloud Container based architecture with the ability to manage the entire IT service management processes from the open source framework.

This publication delivers an architecture and implementation details of the solution. Although by no means every piece of this solution has been explicitly documented, but at least the book gives you instructions of what has been achieved incorporating open source technologies.

Moreover, with this publication, the team shares their collaboration experiences working in a team of technologists, open source developers, Red Hat, and the open source community.

This publication addresses architects, developers, managers, and anyone considering starting a Cloud open source project, or those who have started the journey in one. This book can be a manual to guide the implementation of a technical viable architecture, moreover, help those enterprises participate in an open source project but have never done so before. The reader needs principles in programming and must know basic software engineering concepts such as source code, compilers, patches, and others.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction and acknowledgements
Chapter 2. Reference architecture
Chapter 3. Building Red Hat hybrid cloud
Chapter 4. Open Source IT Operations Management
Chapter 5. Use cases
Chapter 6. Site Reliability Engineering delivery model
Appendix A. Red Hat subscription activation process
Appendix B. Operations and executive dashboards in Grafana

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