LEADING LINUX VENDOR Red Hat has released Enterprise Linux version 5.5 and it is capable of running the latest Intel and AMD server processors.
RHEL 5.5 comes out just as Intel has announced its launch of the Xeon 7500 line based on its Nehalem EX architecture, and it has support for users wanting to run Linux workloads with cool stuff like virtualisation, cloud deployments and high-performance computing.
An Intel executive with a very long title said that the release of these technologies from Intel and Red Hat define the grand sounding "datacentre of the future" with “powerful performance, scalability and reliability across physical and virtual systems”.
RHEL 5.5 also supports the rival AMD Opteron 6100 Series also known as Magny-Cours. An AMD spokesperson said that the latest technology enhancements of the update will offer its customers improved performance with lower power consumption, reducing the cost of owning the platform.
Dell was also enthusiastic about the update in a statement, using the words ‘robust’, ‘mission-critical’ and ‘industry-standard’ all in the same sentence.
It is the fifth update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system, which the company first delivered in 2007. It also offers Microsoft Windows 7 interoperability enhancements. µ