In January of 2015, the Open vSwitch (OVS) team announced they planned to start a new project within OVS called OVN (Open Virtual Network). The timing could not have been better for me as I was looking around for a new project. I dove in with a goal of figuring out whether OVN could be a promising next generation of Open vSwitch integration for OpenStack and have been contributing to it ever since.
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is revolutionizing the telecommunications industry. That word, “revolution”, is often misused, but it is appropriate for the transformation of core network services from physical to virtual infrastructure.
Back in January 2016, Ansible delivered the first integration of network support into the Ansible 2.0 code base. The initial introduction of network support was originally conceived to help operators focus on being able to execute configuration changes on network devices with a set of imperative-based configuration modules.
As a result of long-term cooperation with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Czech Technical University, especially in the area of teaching, Red Hat has opened an open source laboratory directly on the University grounds on October 26th, 2016.
The reason behind the Brno office’s growth in the last decade is predominantly the capability of local universities to produce talented people, with world-class skills. The success of the university program in Brno suggests that this system can be replicated in other cities with similar characteristics (such as Prague). Cooperation with universities in Prague is a natural next step to finding new talent in an area that Red Hat is now equipped to cover with engineer activity.