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Red Hat Summit: Open source trends, cloud outlook, innovation and more

Here's a roundup of expert comments on open source trends, cloud computing, innovation and more from the 2013 Red Hat Summit in Boston.

Open-source enthusiasts from around the world descended on Boston recently for the annual Red Hat Summit, an intensive technology conference sponsored by Red Hat Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.-based provider of Linux and open source technology.

Following are a few highlights, insights and tips from the show's first two days:

On the evolving approach to innovation: "We're moving from a world where most innovation, most creativity, happens by individuals or small groups [of people] within one company, to truly open innovation, to mass collaboration, to crowdsourcing. That's subtle, but it's important, because I would argue that open collaboration is the social technology that underpins our ability to move the client/server world to this cloud/social/mobile era of computing." -- Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat Inc.

The open source development model is here to stay, and it's here to flourish.

Paul Cormier,
executive vice president and president of products and technologies, Red Hat Inc.

On innovation and open source: "We are in the midst of the biggest IT transformation in decades. It's all about rapid innovation right now. …That rapid innovation is being used to solve real-world problems almost immediately. What used to take three years to develop and get out to the hands of the people using it is, in some cases, three hours now…. The only reason why that's possible is because of open source technologies. The open-source development model has really, really changed the game." -- Paul Cormier, executive vice president and president of products and technologies, Red Hat Inc.

More on innovation and open source: "Open source is really more than just seeing the source code. … Shareable resources, portable services, unified management -- these are the things that you get in a truly open development process … Linux, cloud, big data, cloud applications -- they're all being implemented as open source projects today. These are some of the key elements of this IT transformation that we all call 'cloud' that's happening today. It's no accident. This is for real. And it's because of open source." -- Paul Cormier

On proprietary vs. open-source technology: "A technology choice around your cloud infrastructure today is an innovation model choice for the next decade. … When you lay that stuff down, you're probably not ripping it up two years from now or three years from now. ... You are choosing an innovation model. You are [deciding]: For your next paradigm of computing, for the next few years, do you want to stay on the proprietary innovation path, or do you want to jump on the open innovation path?" -- Jim Whitehurst

On open source development: "The problems that we have to solve today in technology, they just can't be solved by one company. This is why the open source process is thriving. … The open source development model is here to stay, and it's here to flourish. Open innovation really is the future of IT." -- Paul Cormier

On emerging cloud trends: "You'll see us talk a lot more about [the] concept of open hybrid cloud. … We want to make it easier to have interoperability between clouds, between environments, to move workloads around. … We want to make things more portable so they're not locked up in environments." -- Craig Muzilla, vice president and general manager, middleware business unit, Red Hat Inc.

More on emerging cloud trends: "We believe that the world is going to go hybrid. Five years from now, the world will not be running exclusively in the public cloud, and there won't be private clouds all over the place. You will be using cloud services from a wide variety of providers. You're going to need to be intelligent in terms of what workloads go into which cloud. ... The world is going to have all these different technologies and you'll have to decide."--Brian Che, general manager, cloud business unit, Red Hat Inc.

On changing IT responsibilities: "When you bring cloud into the mix, it changes everything about IT, [including] IT's role. … You no longer become the sole provider or decision maker. You move into this world where you have to broker between a wide variety of providers." -- Brian Che

On cloud security: "Multifactor authentication is needed for remote access. Passwords are out of control, I think we can mostly agree. Having multifactor authentication -- I'm not sure I'd even call it a best practice, I'd call it a minimum acceptable practice." -- Gordon Haff, cloud evangelist, Red Hat Inc.

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