On my way to MWC!

I’m very happy to announce that next week I’ll be at the Mobile World Congress (#MWC2016) in home, sweet home Barcelona.mwc2016_logo

At Red Hat, we’ve prepared many exciting demos and announcements that will appear in our Telecommunications blog 4k

I’ll be presenting a Video on Demand transcoding solution demonstration (from Vantrix) that covers the challenges of 4K (UHD) Video delivery, and how OpenStack can help.

In this blog I’ll write about my daily discoveries, but if you want a quick chat, you can come visit me at the Red Hat booth in the MWC,  2G230 Hall2

Furthermore, I’ll be writing about Mobile Edge Computing and how our open source solutions can be used to create the foundational infrastructure for the edge datacenter in 5G, IoT and C-RAN architectures.

And now a quick word of advice to the first-time travelers to Barcelona:

  • Instead of a regular coffee, order a Cortado (in spanish) / Tallat (in catalan). It’s our version of the italian Macchiato, but better
  • Although the most typical morning drink is Cacaolat, a local chocolate milk invented almost a century agot. You can try the Granja Viader near Ramblas/Liceu, the bar that created that drink that’s been running since 1870 . You can also order, in any bar, a freshly backed Donut (not your typical dunkin donuts, try one!) or a Bocata de Pernil Iberic (a long-bread sandwich of spanish cured ham) with the omnipresent Pa Amb Tomaquet (sounds like “pamtoomakat”) which is a baguette cut in half with tomato spread, oli, and salt or garlic on it… hmmm… delicious and crunchy!
  • Make sure you go visit Plaça Espanya. From there you can go shopping/dinner inside Las Arenas (a former Plaza de Toros, now converted to a mall)  and watch the amazing Magic Fountain (every day at 8 and 9pm I think) on your way to the big museum on the top of the hill.
  • And for god’s sake don’t eat anywhere in las Ramblas. Go to the Gotic, east side of Ramblas (fine cuisine), avoid Raval, west side (more ethnic food), and remember: if there are pictures of the food at the door, you won’t eat well.
  • If you stay over the weekend, go to see the views of the city from the Park Guell where its iconic dragon will meet you with his mouth wide open!




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