Red Hat announces Tour 2013

Open source specialist conducts 13-city venture; ME event to be held in Abu Dhabi

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Red Hat announces Tour 2013 Knoblich: What was once cutting-edge… has quickly become expensive legacy infrastructure.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 18, 2013

Open source solution provider Red Hat, Inc this week announced it will host a 13-city tour of one-day events throughout Europe and the Middle East, kicking off on 3 April with presentations in Moscow, Russia. The Middle East event will be held in Abu Dhabi on 22 April.

The event series will cover strategies and best practices from Red Hat specialists and partners on approaches for transforming enterprise IT architecture using open source technology and migrating from physical to virtual and cloud solutions.

The Red Hat Tour will focus on strategies for success when migrating to an open IT architecture. Senior Red Hat executives will present keynote sessions outlining how to drive strategic impact for businesses.

Red Hat argued that the economic climate for the next decade dictated that only those companies able to adapt to new customer preferences would succeed. This adaptation would require a better understanding of customers and the ability to connect with them in their preferred medium, including social and mobile channels. With customer knowledge and communication structures in place, agile firms would be able to bring new products and services to market quickly. According to Red Hat, by leveraging open source innovation, IT is driving this strategic impact for business.

Speakers from across Red Hat will present on building a secure and cost-effective foundation for open source computing. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions, get real-world perspectives from existing Red Hat customers, learn how to build an open cloud and prepare application and systems infrastructure to address future business needs while leveraging existing IT investments. Attendees will also have the chance to meet with event sponsors, including platinum sponsor HP and gold sponsors Symantec and Bull.

“What was once cutting-edge, proprietary enterprise computing has quickly become expensive legacy infrastructure,” said Werner Knoblich, VP and general manager EMEA, Red Hat.

“Migrating mission critical applications onto more scalable, flexible, cost effective open source systems, can make great business sense. Businesses spend years and millions of dollars developing IT infrastructure and more often than not have the common goal of leveraging existing investments in order to avoid rip and replace. Red Hat solutions can help you evolve your open hybrid cloud strategy - leveraging your existing enterprise architecture and providing deployment flexibility - physical, virtual, and cloud.”

Attendees can also learn how to use Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution, OpenShift, and how Red Hat runs this platform in production for thousands of applications.

Enterprises are increasingly challenged to facilitate innovation and speed time to market for new services and applications. PaaS is a cloud service model that’s revolutionising application development by giving developers agility and flexibility. Providers argue it can help organisations cut costs and use infrastructure resources more efficiently.

Other sessions include:

  •  -  Migrating mission critical applications to a standards based infrastructure
  •  -  Rethink highly available datacenters
  •  -  Moving to an open business platform to drive innovation
  •  -  Dynamic data centre: buzzword or reality?


Dates, countries and cities for the tour are as follows:

3 April, 2013                 Moscow, Russia                      

4 April, 2013                 Warsaw, Poland                      

9 April, 2013                 Paris, France                           

10 April, 2013               Stockholm, Sweden                 

11 April, 2013               Copenhagen, Denmark

16 April, 2013               Madrid, Spain                         

17 April, 2013               Bonn, Germany                       

18 April, 2013               Zurich, Switzerland                  

22 April, 2013               Abu Dhabi, UAE                     

23 April, 2013               Milan, Italy                              

24 April, 2013               London, UK                            

25 April, 2013               Amsterdam, Netherlands         

29 April, 2013               Istanbul, Turkey                       



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