red hat inc (RHT) Key Developments
Red Hat, Inc. Announces the General Availability of Red Hat Satellite 6.1
Aug 12 15
Red Hat, Inc. announced the general availability of Red Hat Satellite 6.1, Red Hat’s systems management solution for managing Red Hat infrastructure. Since the launch of Red Hat Satellite 6.0 in September 2014, new additions to the systems management software bring upgraded security enhancements, enhanced discovery and container management capabilities across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Red Hat Satellite 6.1 brings users significant upgrades in three key areas: Container management; Security and Provisioning. Container Management: As cloud infrastructures continue to shift toward container-based deployments, customers increasingly need an agile management solution for new container setups housing sensitive applications and data. The core capabilities of Satellite 6.1 now extend to container deployments - making them more scalable, manageable and consistent - and allow Docker users to tap into its modern design as they seek more control around versioning, authentication and integration with existing platforms. A scalable on-premise registry based with Role-Based Access Controls, auditing and a robust API are now available for developers seeking to manage systems in a container-based environment. Security: Satellite 6.1 brings upgrades to errata management, allowing users to quickly and easily address security, bugfix and enhancement errata. Improved reporting now enables organizations to more quickly identify and respond to hosts affected by a security vulnerability, minimizing downtime and sensitive data exposure in vulnerability scenarios such as those presented by Shellshock, Heartbleed and GHOST. Additionally, OpenSCAP, a standardized approach to maintaining enterprise system security, is now available in tech preview. OpenSCAP automatically verifies the presence of patches, checks system security configuration settings and examines systems for signs of compromise in daily/weekly/monthly cadences that can be customized by end users to best fit their own internal security protocols. Provisioning: Red Hat Satellite helps to simplify the provisioning process through new discovery processes, allowing automatic bare metal discovery of unknown nodes on the provisioning network. New nodes can self-register to Red Hat Satellite and upload their hardware facts, and this discovery allows the software to best determine the type of system to provision. Other new capabilities introduced in Red Hat Satellite 6.1 include: Multiple Network Support for provisioning systems with complex networking requirements, including VLANs, Bonds and Aliased interfaces. Satellite 6.1 includes newer provisioning templates and workflows that enable the setup of complex interfaces as systems are initially provisioned. Isolated CapsuleServer, a key component of large Red Hat Satellite installations, now features a number of communication improvements. Communications between the managed host, Capsule Server and Satellite Server are now better isolated and streamlined for a more secure environment, allowing system administrators to more easily deploy Red Hat Satellite Capsule in their environments. Red Hat Satellite 6.1 is now generally available to all Red Hat Satellite customers with a valid subscription.
Red Hat, Inc. Appoints Kim Hammonds as Director
Aug 10 15
Red Hat, Inc. announced that Kim Hammonds has been appointed to the company's Board of Directors. Hammonds joined Deutsche Bank in November 2013 from The Boeing Company.
Red Hat, Inc. Approves Amendment and Restatement of By-Laws
Aug 7 15
On August 6, 2015, the Board of Directors (the Board) of Red Hat, Inc. (the Company) approved an amendment and restatement of the Company's by-laws (the By-Laws), effective immediately, that includes: the addition in Section 1.10(A)(3) of new information requirements for a nominee for election or re-election as a director of the Company; the addition of a new Section 5.13 that designates the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (or, if the Court of Chancery does not have subject matter jurisdiction, the federal district court for the District of Delaware) as the sole and exclusive forum for certain legal disputes, unless the Company consents in writing to the selection of an alternative forum; and amendments to the indemnification provisions in Article VII to: limit the Company's mandatory indemnification obligations to cover any person who is or was a director or officer of the Company, or a person who is or was serving at the request of the Company as a director, trustee, partner or officer of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise or non-profit entity, and provide permissive indemnification rights for any other person who is or was an employee or agent of the Company or who is or was serving at the request of the Company as an employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise or non-profit entity; require delivery of a written claim for payment in order to receive mandatory advancement of expenses; and require authorization or consent from the Company's Board to indemnify a director or officer who initiates an action, suit or proceeding, except in the case of any action, suit or proceeding initiated to enforce rights to indemnification or advancement of expenses.
Red Hat, Inc. Announces Availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7
Aug 5 15
Red Hat, Inc. announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7, featuring a new deployment and management tool that simplifies installation, eases day-to-day management tasks, and establishes the underpinnings for orchestrated live system updates and upgrades for subsequent releases. Based on the OpenStack community Kilo release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is a co-engineered solution that starts with the proven and trusted foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and integrates with Red Hat’s OpenStack technology to form a production-ready cloud platform. This combination addresses the critical dependencies OpenStack has on Linux and provides a highly scalable, fault-tolerant platform for building private or public clouds. Originally launched in 2013, this new release is Red Hat’s fifth iteration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, which has been deployed worldwide by customers in key verticals including public sector, financial, telecommunications, and education. Version 7 includes several new features aimed at accelerating the adoption of OpenStack including: Simplified deployment and management - Cloud operators now have a simpler means of day-to-day operation management and resource provisioning, using the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform director. It offers a simplified and automated cloud installation tool with system-wide health checking for a proper deployment. Additionally it eases daily operational management and resource provisioning for cloud operators, including an automated “ready-state” provisioning of bare-metal resources to simplify the deployment and repurposing of hardware resources on an on-demand basis. Based on the community-driven OpenStack management project TripleO, the new director combines multiple technologies to offer a single powerful tool which also establishes a new framework that can be used for live orchestrated OpenStack and director upgrades for version 7 and subsequent releases. Traditional workloads requiring high availability on OpenStack - Making it easier to migrate traditional, business-critical applications that require high availability to OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 introduces compute host node high availability through integrated, automated monitoring and failover services from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This new capability monitors host nodes and includes the ability to automatically evacuate virtual machines from hosts, restarting workloads on alternate, available hosts. Greater security control - Telco customers now have greater granularity and control over network traffic ports at the virtual machine level. This allows customers to maintain a tightened security level over the greater OpenStack cloud, while allowing virtualized network function (VNF) traffic through each virtual machine, as necessary. Version 7 introduces this via the Neutron modular layer 2 (ML2) and Open vSwitch (OVS) port security mechanisms included in the community Kilo release. Network flexibility - New Neutron networking features offer greater flexibility and improved network redundancy. Network operators can benefit from several IPv6 enhancements, including the ability to support direct network routing between tenants and the external gateway. In addition, version 7 expands the high availability for Neutron routers and improves the monitoring and reporting of the router to help network operators maintain uptime. Incremental Backup - Storage administrators can now benefit from faster block storage backups and reduced capacity needs with support for snapshot-based backups. With added support for NFS and POSIX file system types, this significantly reduces the amount of storage and time required, by backing up only the incremental changes since the last full state backup.
Red Hat, Inc. Announces Executive Changes
Aug 4 15
Mark E. Cook, Vice President Finance and Controller of Red Hat, Inc. notified the company on July 30, 2015 of his decision to resign as an employee and principal accounting officer of the company, effective August 31, 2015. Mr. Cook is leaving Red Hat to accept a job at another company. Frank Calderoni, Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer of the company, will assume the duties of the company's principal accounting officer until a successor is appointed.