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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 ushers in the cloud era

Adds Docker, XFS and Active Directory support
Tue Jun 10 2014, 15:05
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RED HAT HAS ANNOUNCED the latest iteration of its enterprise Linux distribution, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL7), its first major release since 2010.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 launches to the general public after a closed beta, and includes support for Active Directory and filesystems up to 500TB with XFS, as well as improved support for Containers and Docker.

Mark Coggin, Red Hat senior director for product marketing said, "We believe that the new set of capabilities with RHEL 7 really do dramatically improve the experience of the customer on many levels, on the agility and flexibility level but also still paying attention to making sure the daily life of the system administrator and infrastructure team is improved through easier management, deployment and performance tuning."

Although RHEL7 has strong cloud support, Red Hat has opted to keep a separate identity for its software stack for Icehouse Openstack, but has embraced support for deploying and operating Linux containers via Docker.

RHEL7 will also interoperate with Windows infrastructure through better integration with Active Directory. This is achieved through the System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) that offers better integration with Microsoft Active Directory, which in turn enables interoperability with Windows operating systems.

Although the default filesystem is now XFS, increasing filesystem size to 500TB, users of RHEL6 need not be concerned, as the ext4 journaling filesystem remains supported, with storage working off the two files systems able to interoperate.

Performance Profiles will allow system admins to fine tune the performance of hardware running RHEL7 based on the hardware capabilities and network resources available.

Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technologies said, "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."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 will, like its predecessors, be supported throughout a 10 year lifecycle, with Red Hat committed to provide API, stability, maintenance and bug fixes throughout. µ


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