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The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat® blog post with 5 of the week’s top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

This week, Red Hat announced that six additional companies have joined efforts to promote greater predictability in open source licensing. These marquee technology companies—CA Technologies, Cisco, HPE, Microsoft, SAP, and SUSE—have committed to extending additional rights to cure open source license noncompliance. This will lead to greater cooperation with distributors of open source software to correct errors and increased participation in open source software development.

They are moments when Red Hat made history or broke new ground. As we approach our 25th anniversary, I’ve been reflecting on our history and looking toward our future. A common thread throughout our history has been our values – freedom, courage, commitment and accountability. What I have seen shift over the years is how we balance them. Today, my biggest focus is maintaining our legacy as a startup charting new territory, and at the same time, scaling our culture as the world’s leading provider of open source solutions. Read more from DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer at Red Hat.

With improved productivity, better IT resource utilization, and better infrastructure scalability, hyperconverged solutions are becoming a modern alternative to traditional storage appliances. When considering hyperconverged infrastructures, there are several options, but we believe Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure offers several distinct advantages over proprietary hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. And because Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is an open source solution and runs on multiple X86 server platforms, customers can have a broader choice for server hardware, helping to prevent vendor lock-in.

Join me (Eric Schabell, consultant at Red Hat) as I share experiences from inside a real life residency. Watch how Red Hat engages intimately with a customer by exposing them to new ways of working. It is demonstrated by leveraging open technologies using fast and agile application delivery methods with open collaboration. In Part 1, I shared what’s in a Red Hat Open Innovation Labs Residency. For part two, let’s look at what I encountered in my first real life residency.

Are you a typical system administrator with too much work and not enough time? Red Hat Ansible Automation is an agentless human readable automation tool that uses SSH to orchestrate configuration management, application deployment, and provisioning in a flat or multi-tier environment. This blog post will help you understand the basics of Ansible and how it can be used in your role as a system administrator to more efficiently manage your systems.

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