Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 delivers extensive more 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, virtualization 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.
Stable and trusted platform
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is the sixth generation of a long-term, predictable operating platform. With the flexibility to deploy on physical hardware, as a virtual host, as a virtual guest, or in the cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is the ideal foundation for next-generation datacenters. It ensures long-term stability while continuing to innovate and deliver enhancements - delivering the optimal combination of innovation and stability. Key partnerships across the industry allow Red Hat to ensure the stability of the platform across the broad ecosystem of systems and applications. With embedded engineering and deep collaboration, Red Hat is on the forefront of the commercial maturation of technology. The modular architecture of Red Hat Enterprise Linux allows functionality enhancements that do not affect application interfaces.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers customers a wide range of options for tailoring the operating system to their specific environments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 includes more definitions of feature component groups to allow easy feature selection from a minimal install for a basic runtime environment, to a full set of feature selections including storage options, systems management, graphical interfaces, and administrative utilities. In addition to support for a breadth of infrastructure options, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 also includes a complete portfolio of open source applications. With supported applications ranging from Web infrastructure to databases and development frameworks, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 installations are suitable for a broad range of workloads.
Scalability and performance
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has been designed to deliver performance and scalability without sacrificing data integrity. It allows scaling to 4,096 CPUs and 64 terabytes of RAM, providing a solid foundation for supporting upcoming generations of hardware. Within this broad framework, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 provides support for a variety of networking infrastructures, such as InfiniBand and Ethernet, and for storage infrastructures. Red Hat Enterprise Linux also offers high performance and scales from desktops to workstations, from blades to rack environments, from single CPU systems to the largest SMP servers and mainframes. Red Hat Enterprise Linux allows customers to take advantage of those advances by selecting those scale-up and scale-out strategies and platform architectures that meet their business requirements.
Security for Red Hat Enterprise Linux begins with a core feature known as Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux). Co-developed between Red Hat and the U.S. government's National Security Agency (NSA), SELinux delivers a strong and flexible MAC framework to enforce role-based access control and multi-level security. SELinux support has been woven into all parts of the platform, including virtualization, to provide critical guest separation regardless of the guest operating system. With extensive application policies and a complete review of system privileges, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 makes using SELinux easier than ever. In addition to SELinux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes system firewalls, audit capabilities, and system package and file integrity verification tools for a complete security architecture that covers deployment models ranging from Internet-facing servers to trusted computers. Backing up the core technology is the Red Hat Security Response Team, recognized as industry leaders for addressing security vulnerabilities.
Agility across physical, virtual, and cloudProduct Highlights
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 allows businesses to deploy physical, virtual, and cloud computing within their datacenters. With KVM integrated directly into the kernel, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 technologies span all environments, reducing complexity, increasing efficiency, and minimizing administration overhead while leveraging operating platform skills. Integrated virtualization enables interoperable physical and virtual deployments, while fine-grained control of compute resources allows businesses to manage application or guest service-level agreements. In addition, power management enhancements reduce system carbon footprints.
- A highly optimized application platform for large-scale, centrally managed enterprise deployments
- Enhanced efficiency with the latest generation of highly scalable hardware systems
- Industry-leading virtualization performance, flexibility and security for both host and guest environments
- Extensive support for features designed to minimize ecological impact and carbon footprint of IT systems
- A platform suitable for long-term, stable deployment while able to incorporate more technologies for physical, virtual and cloud deployments
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