New Opportunity at Red Hat

New Opportunity at Red Hat

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Exciting times are upon us. I have humbly accepted a job at Red Hat on the Open Daylight dev team working with some incredible people at Red Hat and just as special folks in the community. I just wanted to pop up a brief post letting my friends in the community know where I am heading. I will miss my friends and co-workers in EDU like Dave Hucaby, JimO and Doyle Friskney to name a couple, that have believed in me even when sometimes I did not.

It was almost 3 1/2 years ago when I listened Greg and Ethan interviewing Martin Casado about SDN before it was SDN. That was an inspirational discussion that took me from an idle hobbyist playing with early open source academic projects, to the realization that the only constraint in IT infrastructures is what we leave unexplored. This exploration is happening now and what makes it unique is it is taking place in the community via open source projects. While I wont get to participate in non-vendor events such as Foskett’s awesome Network Field Day and get to debate great guys like an (or attempt πŸ™‚ Ivan Pepelnjak, I will get to humbly participate with the community in developing what exactly it is we are going to do with all of the phenomenal ideas we have accumulated over the past few years.

Red Hat has a legendary history of open source project stewardship that not only satisfies their stakeholders, but also enables and fosters ecosystems of innovation wherever they go. They are the Switzerland of open source and I have witnessed it first hand over the past year in the Daylight project. It is a real testament to the Red Hat vision and business model. So over the next few weeks I will transition into a team of pure awesome with Madhu, Alissa, Sam, Hsin-Yi that is headed up by Chris Wright. Community software drives innovation, engineering skill sets and ultimately better value to the consumer. Not to mention, it doesn’t matter who you are or who you work for, if you contribute you are counted. Chris and Madhu recently summed it up perfectly, “Passion always wins”. Now is the time to leave your mark, come join us, the water is warm and we are here to help folks get kickstarted.

So let’s go on a bit of a Hobbit adventure, learn some new things together, turn over a couple of stones, build relationships and give back to the community.

The beauty is the blog content will stay the same, open and new. I am truly humbled and fortunate by all of the incredible friends, both human and raccoon that I have out there. Thanks for reading, sorry this wasn’t nerd related, back to that right now πŸ™‚

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Brent SalisburyI have over 15 years of experience wearing various hats from, network engineer, architect, devops and software engineer. I currently have the pleasure of working at the company that develops my favorite software I have ever used, Docker. My comments here are my personal thoughts and opinions. More at Brent's BioView all posts by Brent Salisbury →

  1. Jason ParragaJason Parraga01-09-2014


  2. Craig MatsumotoCraig Matsumoto01-09-2014

    Exciting news. Congratulations, Brent!

  3. Stephen ListerStephen Lister01-09-2014

    Good stuff Brent – all the best

  4. that1guy15that1guy1501-10-2014

    Freakin awesome!!

    Congrats dude.

  5. Raseel BhagatRaseel Bhagat01-10-2014

    I’m a SDN noob and a fresh-out-of-the-oven fan !! But this much is pretty clear for even novices in the Networking World like myself : RedHat is just as lucky (and I’m sure humbled) to have you on their team, if not more.

  6. ZaNetworkerZaNetworker01-10-2014

    Congratulations, since the first day I started reading your blog I knew that passion will utlimately win. All the best.

    β€œThe road goes ever on and on”
    ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

    • Brent SalisburyBrent Salisbury01-19-2014

      Thanks so much, very kind to say. The networking community is amazing with good times ahead.

  7. Ethan BanksEthan Banks01-10-2014

    Fantastic news. Zealand (the kitten with the extra fuzzy ear hair upgrade) will be watching with great interest. πŸ™‚

  8. DerwinDerwin01-10-2014

    Have fun and congratulations!

  9. UmairUmair01-10-2014

    Congratulations Brent! Best wishes in 2014 and beyond.

  10. Congrats Brent! I wish you nothing but the best, you deserve it. Stay in touch.

    • Brent SalisburyBrent Salisbury01-19-2014

      Thanks so much Paul. Lunch in February bro and look forward to watching you at NFD#7!

  11. Fred HsuFred Hsu01-11-2014

    Congrats buddy! RedHat is really picking up some awesome talent! You and Madhu will make a dream team πŸ™‚

    • Brent SalisburyBrent Salisbury01-19-2014

      Thanks Fred! Aristarchus better send you to the ODL Summit bro or else we need to get someone to fund it. Ur contribs to Daylight have been inspiring to many. And Madhu… I will keep his coffee warm, what a machine he is!

  12. Aleks ChirkoAleks Chirko01-14-2014

    Hard work pays off! Congrats to you and have fun at your new awesome job!

  13. Matt NaborsMatt Nabors01-14-2014

    Just read that Red Hat is #18 on the list of top 20 places to work in the US.

  14. Thomas KeeThomas Kee01-15-2014

    Nice. Congratulations.

  15. Zoltan OriZoltan Ori01-22-2014

    I’m very excited for you! Congratulations! You have been a tremendous influence and inspiration. Also, you’ve always been very kind and patient with dummies like me.

  16. SaurabhSaurabh01-28-2014

    Congrats Brent! I used to follow your blog religiously..! Hope it remains the same!
    Hoping to see you in feb event!

  17. Gbenga AdigunGbenga Adigun02-03-2014

    Congrats Brent… I know this will be a really sweet adventure for you. God bless