Empowering the open source community

Denise Dumas, vice president, Operating System Platform at Red Hat discussed open source software while visiting Red Hat’s Dubai office
More and more telecoms companies are choosing to go with open source software in the Middle East region.
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More and more telecoms companies are choosing to go with open source software in the Middle East region.

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How is Red Hat empowering open source communities?
Red Hat invests heavily in open source communities, offering our employees' time and skills in many upstreams to advance the pace of innovation and support our customers' interests. And when Red Hat purchases a company, it ensures that any proprietary software becomes available as open source. For instance, just this month, Red Hat shared Quay, the formerly proprietary container registry and security scanner software, as an open source upstream available to all. 

Does open source benefit telecoms companies in terms of deployment times, ease of use, ease of development?
Absolutely! Most Telecoms today are huge consumers of open source software in their infrastructures and closely follow developments upstream. OpenStack manages many private clouds in Telecoms today, and container solutions like OpenShift and Kubernetes are emerging as the next wave as the Telecoms transition to 5G. 

What has the uptake/usage of open source software been like within the telecoms sector in the Middle East?
Awareness of open source in the Middle East is growing in many sectors, particularly in the telecommunications sphere. As operators seek to evolve from physical to digital players, open source ecosystems and solutions are being implemented to optimise and simplify operations, reduce costs, and facilitate digital transformation agendas. From Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, to everywhere in between, open source solutions are being unlocked as cost-effective, flexible, reliable, secure, and alternative foundational systems to drive innovation and digital transformation. For telecommunications organisations, open source will enable improved delivery of digital services, the ability to introduce new digital services faster, and the capabilities to leverage insights from data to create new revenue streams. 

I believe there is an open source software available for an end-to-end telecoms network, how would it benefit telecoms companies to use open source from end-to-end? Would they still need some proprietary software?
Generally, at least today, open source is in the infrastructure and there is proprietary software at the application level. And applications are often very specialised, and designed for specific conditions and use cases rather than common problems, so it might be harder to create a community of general interest around them. But, application packaging is changing; applications are increasingly becoming containerised, and could eventually evolve into shared micro-services bound by well-documented interfaces.

Is there anything else you would like to add? 
Red Hat, and I personally, are very happy to see the depth of talent and excitement around technology found in the local universities. It's encouraging to see so many smart young women studying for  technical careers, and the excellent faculty members leading them.  
 

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