My good friend and well known cyber cynic, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols published an interesting take on Red Hat's announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6). Steven describes this product launch as both anti-climatic and as a graduation ceremony of sorts. I agree with Steven that there is nothing scary and new in this product. No, this clearly is an evolutionary product that is touching on all of the right notes for today's do-more-with-less, highly virtualized environment.
Red Hat clearly has made the transition from upstart to well-known member of the datacenter club. It has built a product that recognizes organizational needs for power efficiency, security, scalability, virtualization, cloud computing and, most important of all, the need to avoid vendor lock in. Good job Red Hat.