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Red Hat sets a new standard for the next generation of operating systems

November 12, 2010 • Software

Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, the latest major release of the company’s flagship operating platform, setting the scene for its server operating systems for the next decade. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat defines new standards for commercial open source operating environments. Designed to support today’s flexible and varied enterprise architectures, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 delivers the comprehensive foundation customers need for physical, virtualised and cloud deployments.
Available for almost a decade, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has gained a reputation for performance and reliability and presents a high-value alternative to proprietary operating systems. Today customers all over the world rely on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for their most mission-critical workloads.

Incorporating software technologies developed by Red Hat, its partners and the open source community over the past three years, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 delivers extensive new features that span the product. These combine to offer customers and solution providers a world-class platform on which to develop and deploy applications. Enhancements range from kernel improvements for resource management, RAS, performance, scalability, virtualisation and power saving, through a greatly extended and standards-compliant development environment, to a comprehensive range of updated server and desktop applications. It is designed to improve agility, lower costs and reduce IT complexity for customers.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is a compelling choice for users looking to migrate from UNIX to Linux and is a powerful alternative to Microsoft Windows Server. By setting the standard for open source computing, Red Hat Enterprise Linux also delivers industry-leading innovation for private and public cloud deployments.
“Red Hat Enterprise Linux has for years been the mission-critical platform of choice for many enterprise companies. Customers such as British Airways, Citi and NTT Communications have become trusted partners in the development of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform. We are now entering an era of enterprise computing where flexibility, portability and interoperability are more important than ever. And today, we are delivering the platform that customers need. This has always been our focus,” said Paul Cormier, executive vice president and president, Products and Technologies at Red Hat. “What we are delivering is more open, more reliable and more comprehensive than other products on the market. The future is here with a platform designed to take customers into the next generation with virtualisation and cloud.”

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 includes hundreds of technical feature enhancements and additions that offer customers a significant technology leap over marketplace alternatives. It offers:
A highly optimised application platform for large-scale, centrally managed enterprise deployments.
Enhanced efficiency with the latest generation of highly scalable hardware systems.
Industry-leading virtualisation performance, flexibility and security for both host and guest environments.
Extensive support for features designed to minimise ecological impact and carbon footprint of IT systems.

A platform suitable for long-term, stable deployment while able to incorporate new technologies for physical, virtual and cloud deployments.
At the heart of the factors contributing to the leadership of Red Hat Enterprise Linux as an industry standard is its extensive ecosystem of certified hardware platforms and software applications. Red Hat’s goal is to offer unmatched choice to its customers, and its simple “certify once, deploy anywhere” model offers software providers and customers enhanced deployment flexibility. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is designed to be as “future proof” as possible, optimising the capabilities of today’s system hardware from partners such as AMD, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel and NEC, while facilitating the ability to incorporate the capabilities of tomorrow’s systems.

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