Containerizing Databases with Red Hat Enterprise Linux


Because more and more enterprises are considering containerization as a new application deployment model, Red Hat hopes to make the adoption of container technology as smooth as possible for our customers. We are evaluating and testing various workloads in-house and spend a good chunk of our engineering time developing, integrating, and testing a trusted, supported application platform stack for containerized applications. The recent announcement of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform image moves us even closer to the goal: we now have another certified platform that can run applications as complex as Oracle Database in a container (see video below).

Databases are among the most widely deployed applications out there and are often seen as the hardest to deploy. Containers promise to ease that pain (more…)

Containerize Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Applications to Run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7


What if you could run your existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 without porting or making changes to your source code? Today, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform image, which allows for the creation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6-based application containers. Applications that have been developed, tested, and certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 systems can now be deployed as a container and run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 as a container host.

rhel-6-platform-imageThis new platform image allows customers to (more…)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux: The Leading Platform for Top-Tier Performance


Since its introduction more than a decade ago, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has become the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform. Along the way it has set the industry standard for performance as most recently demonstrated by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 delivering multiple world record-breaking benchmark results at launch. These results showcased close collaboration between Red Hat and our ecosystem of partners.

With history as a backdrop, it should come as no surprise that many of our partners rely on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to support their ongoing benchmarking efforts. Red Hat and Intel have enjoyed a long history of collaboration across a full spectrum of all that is enterprise IT – covering everything from applications running on physical servers to virtualized and cloud-based deployments. In fact, during yesterday’s launch of the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family (more…)

Regarding the Importance of Quality, Trust, and Certifications


Last Thursday’s post directed you to the Red Hat Blog where we underscored why the operating system remains vitally important.  In this related companion piece we’re reminded why quality, a chain of trust, and certifications are integral to enterprise-grade products.  In fact, building upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux helps to ensure that your IT infrastructure (everything from software-defined storage to application containerization to OpenStack solutions) benefits from the same trusted technology pool and serves as an optimized stack.  Click here to learn more.

The Operating System: Pervasive, Ubiquitous, and Critical


Applications, virtual machines, containers… what do they all have in common?  They each operate on top of the solid foundation that is the operating system.  In fact, in a world where the pace of technological change is unrelenting, where change is perhaps the only constant, there will always be a need for a reliable platform to build upon.  Has the operating system become a modern day utility?  Find out here.

Precision Time Synchronization & Network Latency


In the second installment of “what’s new” for networking features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, I’d like to shift the focus and spend some time talking about improvements to network time synchronization and enhancements in the network stack designed to reduce latency.  Note that the previous installment of this two part series was posted during the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 beta; now that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is generally available I encourage customers to visit the Red Hat Customer Portal, download this latest release, and to let me know what you think.

Highly Accurate Time Synchronization

Precise time synchronization with microsecond or nanosecond accuracy is increasingly critical to the success of many high-speed, low-latency applications. Whether tracking time on trading transactions or market feeds, improving the time stamp accuracy on archived data, or administration-free time synchronization of servers within a rack (or around the world) for automation or regulatory purposes, precision time synchronization is a key enabler for delivering better performance.

New to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, (more…)

GCC Receives ACM’s 2014 Programming Languages Software Award


At Red Hat, we take pride in the fact that we actively contribute to the projects that are used to build our set of leading enterprise solutions. And when one project’s community is distinguished for their exemplary efforts – we want to recognize them as well.

As such, we are pleased to announce that the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) has received the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) 2014 Programming Languages Software Award. Awarded to an institution or individuals that have developed a software system with lasting influence, the award recognizes GCC’s 27 years of success and the substantial impact it has had on the software industry, an example of which is its importance to modern datacenter operations.

Not only is GCC a key component of Red Hat Enterprise Linux… (more…)

Going Atomic with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 High-Touch Beta


Going atomic with Linux containersNow that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is generally available, we are re-casting the Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Touch Beta program into a series of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 special interest groups (SIGs), the first of which is focused on application containers. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host SIG encompasses technologies that are required to create, deploy, and manage application containers.

This is the first of several SIGs that we plan to create to focus on specific technology domains within Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. By participating in SIGs, Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers can provide feedback on the active development of new capabilities to meet the needs of their specific use cases.

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Final Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta Now Available


When Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 was first introduced in 2007, it was done so with an expected seven year lifecycle. Five years later, in 2012, we saw the continued strong adoption of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and decided to extend its seven year lifecycle to 10 years. Now, in 2014, the original retirement year for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, we still see an active, dedicated customer base that has come to value this long, predictable lifecycle in addition to the platform’s inherent security, stability, and reliability.

Today, we are pleased to announce beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11. This release continues to provide system administrators with a secure, stable, and reliable platform for their organization’s enterprise applications.

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Red Hat Around the Web: Summit Q&A, NetworkManager 0.9.10, and DevOps (Part 3)


Were you able to attend the Red Hat Enterprise Linux roadmap session at this year’s Red Hat Summit?  If not, I have some good news – the slides are still available (here).  In addition, many of the questions that were asked after the presentation were recorded, sorted, and answered… and are now posted on the Red Hat Summit Blog.  Of note: (more…)