This article will look at the various options available, to do subscription reporting for Red Hat products. Many large organizations sometimes struggle to keep track of what subscriptions are being used, often maintaining their own spreadsheets. This can be very error prone and time consuming. Systems can even be subscribed to the wrong subscriptions, for example a virtual machine running RHEL using a physical subscription. Many Red Hat customers have several different products, not just RHEL and being able to actively inventory the entire subscription landscape is critical.
Before getting started you might want to read about the birth of the niche cloud in the first part of this two part series.
We have all heard the saying, you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. Yes that is true, but we aren’t thankfully dogs. Learning to do something new of course, requires an open mind-set and a desire for change. Many organizations are getting left out of digital disruption these days because they keep falling back on old outdated ideas, behaviors and habits. Our minds are so full, so occupied and so tired we simply cannot grasp or don’t have the energy for anything new. We spend our time applying what is new to what we know, which is old.
In this article lets reset our minds and look at an approach to build a niche cloud from the ground up. Instead of pealing back the onion we will apply layer after layer until we have the onion itself. Of course I realize there is a lot more and this article is just scratching at the surface, nevertheless it is an approach, a basic rule-set and guideline for getting started.