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Red Hat Enterprise Linux Gains Improved Performance, Reliability, and Hardware Support

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1. This update includes improvements to system reliability, scalability, and performance, as well as support for upcoming hardware, and patches and security updates. This version also maintains application compatibility and OEM/ISV certifications.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is available in both server and desktop versions. The server version can be deployed on physical systems, as a guest on the major hypervisors, or in the cloud. For scientific applications operating in a cluster, it is available as a high-performance computing (HPC) Head Node or HPC Compute Node. The server version is also available for IBM System z, IMB Power, and SAP business applications. Add-ons are available for high-availability applications, resilient storage, load balancing, scalable file systems, high performance networking, Smart management, and extended updates.

Key features of this update include:

  • More options for advanced storage configurations, including improved Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), data center bridging, and iSCSI offload;
  • Improved virtualization, file systems, scheduler, resource management, and high availability;
  • Smoother enterprise deployments and tighter integration with heterogeneous systems;
  • Preview of Red Hat Enterprise Identity (IPA) services, based on the open source FreeIPA project;
    http://freeipa.org/page/Main_Page
  • Support for automatic failover for virtual machines and applications using the Red Hat High Availability Add-On;
  • Integrated developer tools for writing, debugging, profiling, and deploying applications within the graphical environment; and
  • Improved network traffic processing for multi-processor servers.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 is available now. Further information can be found here.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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