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Everyone wants a safer operating system, and that's Red Hat's main goal in its just-released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.5 beta.
RHEL 7.5 Beta is designed to provide a consistent foundation across the hybrid cloud. It also offers key new and enhanced features around security and compliance, platform efficiency, and manageability. The newest member of the RHEL 7 family supports not just x86 chips but also IBM Power, IBM System z, and ARM as well.
For security, besides being a leader in the fight against Meltdown and Spectre, Red Hat is introducing the following security features in RHEL 7.5:
Besides making RHEL more secure, Red Hat is also seeking to improve storage capacity by introducing virtual data optimizer (VDO). This is a technology derived from Red Hat's acquisition of Permabit assets. It's designed to reduce data redundancy through inline deduplication and compression.
The bandwidth and storage, which can be saved by VDO, is little short of amazing. Red Hat claims that, in a RHEL 7.5 primary storage environment, VDO can increase effective capacity by up to six times. This frees up existing storage and reduce the costs associated with offsite data replication. These savings, extended to public cloud block storage, can reduce storage footprints by up to 83 percent, helping to reduce the hourly cost for active storage and the monthly costs of storing snapshots. This will really help you to get the most from your existing storage services.
The new test RHEL also boasts enhanced sysadmin usability for Linux administrators, Windows administrators new to the platform, and developers seeking self-service capabilities. It does this with:
Want to know more? You can dive into RHEL 7.5's release notes. Or, better still, you can download RHEL 7.5 and try it out for yourself.