PCSE Red Hat and Percona Visit

On Monday, October 16th, thirteen students and five faculty and staff members from the Department of Physics, Computer Science & Engineering embarked on a field trip to visit two open source technology companies in Raleigh, NC: Red Hat and Percona. The event, Pizza My Mind Dining Out is an extension of the department’s signature outbound student success and recruiting program, Pizza My Mind.

RedHat is the world’s leading provider of open source, enterprise IT solutions. The day began with a tour of Red Hat Tower, and discussions of Red Hat’s cutting-edge IT platform operations. A particular highlight was a presentation by PCSE alumnus and Red Hat developer Juan Vallejo (pictured far left above), who brought the group up to speed on the latest efforts by his team on OpenShift, RedHat’s newest container application platform. The morning concluded with lunch in the signature RedHat Cafeteria.

Percona delivers enterprise-class open source database solutions and services to over 3000 clients, including the vast majority of Forbes 100 companies. They have adopted the novel approach of using a distributed workforce that comprises over 150 top database experts in 33 countries. After a comprehensive presentation focusing on future trends in open source database applications from Percona’s CCO, Matt Yonkovit, we were treated to an engaging discussion on entrepreneurship with Percona’s CEO, Peter Zaitsev.

“The trip was very interesting. It was cool to see the offices of Red Hat and Percona and to ask questions of the staff of each the companies”, said Computer Engineering major, Austin Tisdale.

“This was a great experience for our students, as well as the faculty and staff that were able to attend, as well”, said Dr. Edward Brash, Professor of Physics in PCSE. “It is important for all of us to keep abreast of new and emerging trends in computing and computational science, and the experts at Red Hat and Percona certainly delivered! Everyone that we met with was incredibly engaging and welcoming – it was a great day!”

For more information, contact Clare A. Maliniak, PCSE Department Administrator at Christopher Newport University. clarem@cnu.edu

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