Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is a commercial Linux distribution with a history of more than ten years (initially released in 2000). It often uses on mainframes and supercomputers in addition to ordinary PCs and general servers. The excellent stability makes it widely used in many infrastructure-level servers. It provides support for multiple architectures such as the 64-bit ARM, x86/x86_64, Power PC, and IBM z Systems. Red Hat uses strict trademarked rules to limit the free redistribution of its officially supported version of RHEL, but RHEL’s source code still provided free of charge. Third-party derivative versions can be built upon the removal of non-free components such as Red Hat trademarks, such as community-supported commercial forks such as CentOS and Scientific Linux, as well as Oracle Linux.
The RHEL team announced the release of RHEL 7.7. “As hybrid and multicloud computing helps to transform enterprise IT, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 delivers enhanced consistency and control across cloud infrastructure for IT operations teams while also providing a suite of modern, supported container creation tools for enterprise application developers.”
Enhanced operational consistency across the hybrid cloud
As interest in hybrid cloud deployments grows across the enterprise world, IT operations teams face a complex, evolving technology stack interweaving traditional applications and cloud-native services as well as virtualized, bare-metal and cloud-based resources. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 adds new features to help operations teams maintain control and consistency of their workloads across environments, including:
- Red Hat Insights, Red Hat’s expertise-as-a-service offering, which helps users proactively detect, analyze and remediate a variety of potential software security and configuration issues before they cause downtime or other problems.
- Full support for image builder, a Red Hat Enterprise Linux utility that enables IT teams to more readily and easily build cloud images for major public cloud infrastructures, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
- Network performance improvements for Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack Platform by offloading virtual switching and network functions virtualization (NFV) to network controller hardware.