Red Hat Launches Latest Version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 optimizes performance, stability and scalability
across physical, virtual and cloud environments
RALEIGH, N.C. -- November 21, 2013
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 6.5, the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 6.5 expands Red Hat’s vision of providing an enterprise
platform that has the stability to free IT to take on major infrastructure
challenges and the flexibility to handle future requirements, with an
extensive partner and support ecosystem.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 is designed for those who build and manage large,
complex IT projects, especially enterprises that require an open hybrid cloud.
From security and networking to virtualization, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
provides the capabilities needed to manage these environments, such as tools
that aid in quickly tuning the system to run SAP applications based on
published best practices from SAP.
Securing the Next-Generation Enterprise
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 continues the push for integrated security
functionality that combines ease-of-use and up-to-date security standards into
the platform. The addition of a centralized certificate trust store enables
standardized certificate access for security services. Also included are tools
that meet leading security standards, including OpenSCAP 2.1, which implements
the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Security Content
Automation Protocol (SCAP) 1.2 standard. With these additions, Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 6 provides a secure platform upon which to build
mission-critical services and applications.
Networking – When Every (Micro)Second Matters
In the financial services and trading-related industries, application latency
is measured in microseconds, not seconds. Now, the latest version of Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 6 fully supports sub-microsecond clock accuracy over the
local area network (LAN) using the Precision Time Protocol (PTP). Precision
time synchronization is a key enabler for delivering better performance for
high-speed, low latency applications. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 can now be
used to track time on trading transactions, improving time stamp accuracy on
archived data or precisely synchronizing time locally or globally.
Thanks to other networking enhancements in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5,
system administrators now have a more comprehensive view of network activity.
These new capabilities enable sysadmins to inspect IGMP (Internet Group
Management Protocol) data to list multicast router ports, multicast groups
with active subscribers and their associated interfaces, all of which are
important to many modern networking scenarios, including streaming media.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 continues Red Hat’s commitment to improving the
overall virtualization experience and includes several improvements that make
it a compelling choice for running in virtualized environments. Sysadmins can
now dynamically enable or disable virtual processors (vCPUs) in active guests,
making it an ideal choice for elastic workloads. The handling of memory
intensive applications as Red Hat Enterprise Linux guests has also been
improved, with configurations supported for up to 4TB of memory on the
Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.
The KVM hypervisor also integrates with GlusterFS volumes to provide direct
access to the distributed storage platform, improving performance when
accessing Red Hat Storage or GlusterFS volumes. Finally, guest drivers have
been updated to improve performance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 running as
a guest on supported third-party hypervisors.
Evolving Ease-of-Use, Storage, and More
As application deployment options grow, portability becomes increasingly
important. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 enables customers to deploy
application images in containers created using Docker in their environment of
choice: physical, virtual, or cloud. Docker is an open source project to
package and run lightweight, self-sufficient containers; containers save
developers time by eliminating integration and infrastructure design tasks.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 stays current with the advancements in
Solid-State Drive (SSD) controller interface, introducing support for NVM
Express (NVMe)-based SSDs. The NVMe specification aims to standardize the
interface for PCIe-based SSDs and its inclusion in Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6.5 positions the platform to support an expanding range of future NVMe-based
Improvements have also been added to improve enterprise storage scalability
within Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5. It is now possible to configure more than
255 LUNs connected to a single iSCSI target. In addition, control and recovery
from SAN for iSCSI and Fibre Channel has been enhanced, and updates to the
kexec/kdump mechanism now make it possible to create debug (dump) files on
systems configured with very large memory (e.g. 6TB).
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 makes it easier to track and manage subscription
consumption across the enterprise, integrating subscription tracking into
existing business workflow. Usability enhancements include support for remote
access to Windows clients and servers that use a newer version of the RDP
protocol, including Windows 7 and 8 desktops and Windows Server 2012.
Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit, Red
“Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 provides the innovation expected from the
industry’s leading enterprise Linux operating system while also delivering a
mature platform for business operations, be it standardizing operating
environments or supporting critical applications. The newest version of Red
Hat Enterprise Linux 6 forms the building blocks of the entire Red Hat
portfolio, including OpenShift and OpenStack, making it a perfect foundation
for enterprises looking to explore the open hybrid cloud.”
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