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Red Hat rolls out Enterprise Linux 7

June 17, 2014

Staff Writer

Open source solutions provider Red Hat has unveiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, the latest major release of the company's flagship platform.

According to the company, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 not only lays the foundation for the open hybrid cloud and serves enterprise workloads across converged infrastructures, but it also pushes the operating system beyond today's position as a commodity platform.

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 helps introduce newer technology, such as Linux Containers and related Docker software, to large enterprise environments along with the stability and certifications that enterprises demand," says senior analyst at 451 Research, Jay Lyman. "This is critical given the growing number of organisations mixing new technology and methodology – such as cloud, agile and DevOps approaches – with their existing infrastructure, processes and governance."

A company statement adds that since its introduction more than a decade ago, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has become the world's leading enterprise Linux platform, and it has set industry standards for performance, capacity and security. Today, it states, more than 90% of 2013 Fortune 500 companies, along with organisations in nearly every industry and around the globe, rely on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

"Over the course of the last 12 years, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has helped disrupt and define modern enterprise computing. From the Fortune 500 and global stock exchanges to government agencies, Web start-ups and many of the world's biggest clouds, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has set the standard for the enterprise operating system," notes Paul Cormier, products and technologies president at Red Hat.

Cormier adds that with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, the company is raising the bar and bringing the next generation of IT to customers.

"As the worlds of physical, virtual and cloud systems converge, Red Hat is delivering a true open hybrid cloud platform that gives both ISVs and applications a consistent runtime platform across bare metal systems, virtual machines and public and private clouds. This will be essential as applications move from on-premises to the cloud."

According to the company, bare metal servers, virtual machines, infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service are converging to form a robust, powerful data centre environment to meet constantly changing business needs.

Answering the heterogeneous realities of modern enterprise IT, it adds, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 offers a cohesive, unified foundation that enables customers to balance modern demands while reaping the benefits of computing innovation, like Linux Containers and big data, across physical systems, virtual machines and the cloud – the open hybrid cloud.

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is no exception, and layers features and support for Linux Containers on top of an operating system that has seen major virtualisation and cloud enhancements in the past two years. The addition of cross-realm trust with active directory is a pragmatic move, especially given the widespread use of active directory as a primary identity store," Cormier concludes.

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Source: ITWeb

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