Devoteam’s key takeaways from Red Hat’s EMEA Partner Conference

09 July 2019

Last week, we visited Red Hat’s EMEA Partner Conference in Prague. Every two years, Red Hat partners get together for 3 days to hear about the latest Red Hat trends, breakout sessions focussed on shared customers, hands-on labs… It was a week full of discoveries, and much more. Couldn’t make it? Looking to relive the most important aspects of the conference? Read on!

Keynote: Vorwerk Digital and the TM6

The conference kicked off with a forum hall packed with attendants, for Vorwek’s keynote presented by the VP of Digital & Strategic Innovation, Julius Ganns : embracing digital as a core competitive advantage, with their TM6 platform, delivering growth & innovation, utilising modern technology & agile methodology. 

For this project Vorwerk selected the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Using Red Hat’s enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform, Vorwerk can consistently create, deploy, and manage applications across hybrid and multi cloud infrastructures. Read more about this case study right here.

The Blind Ambition

On the last day, full room for, in our opinion, the best keynote of the entire conference: Blind Ambition. This keynote was all about perspectives on life, in a very humorous way and with great audience engagement. The audience was continuously challenged to frame their perceptions on certain topics in order to reach their goals in a more effective way. 

A lack of eye-sight does not always mean a lack of vision

Chad E. Foster

 Be sure to check out one of Chad Foster‘s older videos about this: 

News and Updates from the Breakout Sessions


RHEL 8 will from now on only distribute the x64 version. Performance has been improved on CPU disk and networking level by redesigning the networking layer. The improvement percentages are genuinely likely to:

  • CPU 10%
  • Disk IO 30%
  • Networking Side 4% 

Leapp, was introduced as the new upgrade tool when you want to migrate from RHEL7 to 8. This tool will create a temporary ram-disk from which it will perform the actual upgrade.


OpenShift 4

OpenShift 4 is Kubernetes at its core and re-architected the way the deployment is done, upgrade and management of the platform, while also binging advanced day 2 management and automation to the application services that run on the platform. These advancement techniques are based on Kubernetes Operators, which we are going to discuss later in this article.

Other key topics from Red Hat’s EMEA Partner Conference

Among keynotes and workshops, we got insights on many of the updates provided by Red Hat: 

The UDICA Project

UDICA is an upstream project on which you set SElinux rules per container in a very simplified way. Originally you could set SElinux rules but that was only possible for all containers and not per container. As everyone knows, creating rules for SElinux can be a tough job. UDICA will make this easier and will auto-create rules and implement them in your kernel. In this way you can fine-grain security on container level. This is currently available in Fedora as an upstream project. Want to learn more on UDICA? It’s  right here

Unified Hybrid Cloud

OpenShift 4 introduces a new unified hybrid cloud console to view and manage multiple OpenShift clusters. This feature is still in development preview and will be released by the end of the 4th quarter.

Using Hybrid Cloud console, you’ll be able to register an existing OpenShift cluster as well as provision new OpenShift clusters across multiple clouds and on-premise infrastructure footprints and even to check which Openshift version is running in the cluster and then manage upgrades.

Red Hat Insights

Red Hat Insights gives you the ability to predict and prevent problems before they occur through ongoing, in-depth analysis of the infrastructure.  The most important tools when you apply system security for your Linux environment using and also now integrated with #RedHat Satellite and CloudForms and enabled by default for all RHEL base subscriptions for free.

Find out more

Unfortunately, we were not able to clone ourselves meaning we were not able to attend all sessions and workshops. Luckily for us, Red Hat did. For more information on the EMEA Red Hat Partner Conference, check their dedicated page.

Looking for specific updates concerning OCP 4? Read our article here



Aymen Abdelwahed
Miguel Lopes