Driving the ‘Open’ Road

Red Hat introduces GEOINT users to the power of open source


Speed. Flexibility. Interoperability. Scalability. These are just a few of the things GEOINT users need to innovate, collaborate, and compete in a data-rich world—and open-source software offers all of them, according to Red Hat (Booth 140). The company plans to spend this year’s GEOINT Symposium promoting its open-source, enterprise IT solutions to GEOINT analysts, data scientists, and developers.

“Years ago, open source was a tough sell. But now, even the most proprietary of vendors is embracing open-source technology because it allows them to work better, faster, and easier,” said Jeff Spugnardi, Red Hat’s GEOINT program lead. “Some of the biggest companies in the world now realize how much innovation there is in open source, and how much faster innovation occurs.”

Believing that innovative, on-the-move technology deserves an innovative, on-the-move space in which to showcase it, Red Hat this year will exhibit not in a traditional booth, but rather in its new Mobile Portfolio Center—a self-contained, Red Hat-branded, 18-wheel semi truck that it will park on the exhibit floor. The truck, which expands to more than 930 square feet, features classroom space, private meeting areas, and six kiosks where Red Hat will provide hands-on demonstrations of its open-source solutions, including: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL 8), the latest version of its open-source operating system; Ansible, its open-source IT automation software; and OpenShift, its open-source container application platform.

“We’re going to be highlighting our products as the underlying infrastructure for GEOINT mission programs,” concluded Spugnardi, who said demos will encompass everything from infrastructure optimization to integration to automation and management, all viewed through a GEOINT lens. “Our goal is showing government and industry leaders everything open-source software can do to help make the GEOINT mission more successful.”

Headline Image: Since launching in September 2018, Red Hat’s Mobile Portfolio Center has traveled more than 27,000 miles, hosted 100+ events, and visited enterprise customers in two countries and 44 states.

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