It’s time to give a quick report on the Red Hat Summit conference this week in Boston.

Lenovo was a platinum sponsor of the event, so this year we had a much bigger booth than previous years. We were quite centrally visible -- representing Lenovo Data Center Group, and showcasing our efforts in the open source area and solutions with partners like Intel and Red Hat.

The main theme of the conference this year was really about containers and how the technology will transform the data center and cloud. There were a variety of topics related to containers, orchestration, hybrid cloud, DevOps, application development with containers, security, etc.

In our booth, we showcased our enterprise hardware, solutions for Telco/NFV, DevOps/Container orchestration solution, xClarity integration with ManageIQ (an open source multi-cloud manager), our DCG solutions portfolio, and DCG services.

Booth visitors were interested in automating data center infrastructure, deploying systems, open source based solutions, cloud, DevOps, etc. They came from all kinds of backgrounds, I including software and systems administration. Many were curious about how our systems can be managed, monitored, some of the automation tools available, fully integrated solutions, etc.

We had a few Red Hat employees come by to say they liked the products we were showcasing, such as OpenShift and CloudForms. They expressed interest in collaborating with us and making sure we develop the right integration points with our software and systems.

Known, but not

One thing that interested me was that not everyone knew Lenovo made servers. They knew us as a brand, as a company, and were pleasantly surprised to find us in the data center.

A note on presentations and keynotes

We had two 45-minute breakout sessions at the conference.

I myself presented on the topic of DevOps and Container orchestration platforms (with Red Hat OpenShift), and Miroslav from our LCTC presented on OpenStack and the related work their team is doing with upstream code contributions. We had about 60-70 people attend our sessions, which was a great turnout, considering there were 10-12 other parallel sessions happening.

Kirk Skaugen, our president and EVP, presented a keynote on the big stage (some 5,000 people). He presented Lenovo’s innovations in the enterprise, and emphasized our vision and commitment to open source

(You can also watch his interview with Wikibon here.)

Want to see more Lenovo at events?

Red Hat Summit 2017 is done, but we’ll see you in 2018. In the interim, we’ll be at several other events – starting with SAP SAPPHIRE NOW – starting today! Come by and see us on the floor for a chance to win some X1 carbon laptops.