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May 23, 2011

Rat Hat Makes Available New Version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Provider of open source solutions Red Hat has made available Red Hat (News - Alert) Enterprise Linux 6.1, the first update to the platform since the delivery of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 in November 2010.

The enhancements of the new version offer customers with improvements in system reliability, scalability and performance in addition to support for upcoming system hardware, said company officials.

Moreover, this newest offering also delivers patches and security updates, as well as maintains application compatibility and OEM/ISV certifications, according to company officials.

“Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 continues to lead Linux innovation as we drive adoption across workloads that include physical, virtual and cloud deployments,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager for Platform Business at Red Hat.

He said that with Linux adoption growing across all workloads, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 provides more enterprise reliability, performance and control throughout the datacenter.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 combined with IBM (News - Alert) hardware capabilities offers customers expanded flexibility, performance and scalability across their bare metal, virtualized and cloud environments, said Jean Staten Healy, director for Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 serves both as a virtual machine guest and hypervisor host in SPECvirt benchmarks. Recently, the combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM running on a HP ProLiant BL620c G7 20-core Blade server delivered a record-setting SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark result.

Also, Red Hat and IBM submitted a benchmark to SPEC in which a combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and IBM systems delivered 45 percent better consolidation capability than competitors in performance tests conducted by Red Hat and IBM.

“Building on our decade-long partnership to optimize Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM platforms, our companies have collaborated closely on the development of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1,” Healy said.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 also provides several technology updates such as additional configuration options for advanced storage configurations with improvements in FCoE; Datacenter Bridging and iSCSI offload that allow networked storage to deliver the quality of service commonly associated with directly connected storage; enhancements in virtualization, file systems, scheduler, resource management and high availability.

Additional updates include new technologies that enable smoother enterprise deployments and tighter integration with heterogeneous systems; a technology preview of Red Hat Enterprise Identity (IPA) services, based on the open source FreeIPA project; and more.  

Recently, Red Hat announced improved customer experience on a global scale for users of solutions from Red Hat and SAP (News - Alert) AG by merging the SAP Solution Manager Application management solution and the Red Hat Global Support Services support ticketing system.

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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