Red Hat may be planning on being the leading private cloud company, but that doesn't mean it's giving up its Linux leadership. On Aug. 1, the Raleigh, N.C.-based company announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.4, the latest version of its flagship enterprise Linux distribution.
Here are its latest features:
Today's business applications require more bandwidth and increased storage, placing a performance strain on traditional operating systems and hardware. RHEL 7.4's new features will improve both networking and storage performance. It's new features include:
RHEL 7.4 includes the latest version of RHEL Atomic Host. This is a purpose-built container host for secure and reliable containerized applications across hybrid clouds. Its new features include:
With data center footprints that span from bare-metal to the cloud, controlling IT environments grows ever more complex. Besides the existing Red Hat Satellite and Ansible Tower, the new RHEL introduces RHEL System Roles as a technology preview. This DevOps tool provides a common management interface across all major RHEL versions. This enables sysadmins to use Ansible automation across large, heterogeneous RHEL deployments.
Multiple architecture support
Red Hat remains committed to supporting data center infrastructure customer choice. RHEL 7.4 does this by supporting multiple architectures. These include IBM Power, IBM System z, and 64-bit ARM (as a Development Preview). For the IBM Power Little Endian architecture, this release enables support for the High Availability and Resilient Storage add-ons and the Open Container Initiative (OCI)'s new container runtime and image format.
Put it all together and you have a Linux you can use on physical servers, in and with containers, and on the cloud. Once more, in RHEL 7.4 Red Hat has an outstanding Linux for corporate users.