When it comes to scalability and flexibility to meet future needs, the resounding consensus in the IT industry is that open source is the way forward for infrastructure.
Easily deployed whenever and wherever needed, open source infrastructure also provides a substantially easier process for ongoing management, especially when it comes to maintaining licensing and other upkeep fees.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of these open source infrastructure solutions, and offers the benefits of open source with the capabilities expected from modern IT infrastructure. To make management even easier, enterprises can utilize Red Hat Satellite to handle life-cycle and systems management.
Red Hat Satellite provides the tools to deploy, update, manage and monitor systems, while also reducing repetitive tasks that are prone to absorbing substantial amounts of time.
The latest leap forward, Red Hat Satellite 6, has recently been released and brings a substantial number of advances for systems management.
What is it?
Red Hat Satellite has grown significantly over the past 12 years, expanding from an on-premises update service into a popular and robust systems management solution capable of meeting the needs of modern enterprises.
The key changes
Red Hat Satellite 6 has a number of new features that offer extended functionality and scalability in systems management for the enterprise.
Bare metal systems
Bare-metal systems, public clouds and private clouds are provisioned in a standardized way, simplifying the allocation of physical, virtual and distributed computing resources. This includes technologies like OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.
Users can now both discover and search across non-provisioned hosts, ensuring swift deployment. This easier deployment is facilitated through the use of a simpler management approach, with a single management console and streamlined methodology to build, deploy and run.
Puppet Forge integration
Red Hat Satellite 6 includes capabilities to handle synchronization of Puppet modules from repositories. This provides the ability to manage, promote and distribute configuration easily, and across multiple environments where and when required.
Transitioning from from Red Hat Satellite 5 to Satellite 6
While moving to the new version requires substantially more planning, the process is actually quite simple, and Red Hat has endeavored to make the transition as seamless as possible.
Though Red Hat Satellite 5 will continue to receive investment, and will include new features and functions through updates, it's important to consider the value of moving to Red Hat Satellite 6.
Red Hat has published a substantial amount of documentation to both evaluate the new tools and features and handle the crossover process.
The high-level process has been extensively detailed, including the methodology for creating a subscription manifest and claiming Transition Subscriptions. There is also tooling available to handle the transition of operational data, model content and configuration.
Once companies are ready, it's a simple undertaking to make the move to Red Hat Satellite 6.
Red Hat Satellite 6 is a highly robust systems management product, and companies certainly need to consider the expansive range of benefits it offers through implementation. Using such a cutting edge set of tools is sure to place the IT endeavors of a company in the best possible footing in the near future.
Read this IDC Technology Spotlight to learn what's essential for choosing system management tools if you want control over critical, on-premise IT assets paired with agility and access to new capabilities in the public cloud.