With RHEL 6.1, Red Hat's Partnerships And Cloud-based Goals Beckon

by Sam Dean - May. 19, 2011Comments (0)

Red Hat has unveiled the latest version of its enterprise Linux offering: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 (RHEL 6.1), with many new features focused on businesses and organizations. RHEL 6.1 offers improvements in system reliability, scalability and performance, in addition to support for upcoming system hardware.  It also delivers patches and security updates, while maintaining application compatibility and OEM/ISV certifications. In Red Hat's quarterly and annual reports one fact that often goes unnoticed is that the company's barnstorming success is largely based on renewal of support and service subscriptions at every increasing prices, and that is largely due to the loyalty that many organizations have toward RHEL. The new release stands to continue that trend, and could win some brand new customers.

Red Hat didn't pioneer the business model of offering support surrounding free software, but as the only public, U.S. company focused primarily on open source, it has demonstrated unprecedented success with the model. With every new release of RHEL, the company forms tighter bonds with organizations that depend on its Linux core. As we've reported, Linux is showing healthy overall growth on servers, and Red Hat benefits from that trend.

“With Linux adoption growing across all workloads, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 provides more enterprise reliability, performance and control throughout the datacenter,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business at Red Hat.  “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 continues to lead Linux innovation as we drive adoption across workloads that include physical, virtual and cloud deployments."

Red Hat and HP recently announced that the combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with the KVM hypervisor running on an HP ProLiant BL620c G7 20-core Blade server delivered a record-setting SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark result. As we reported today, Red Hat is also the primary beneficiary of the new Open Virtualization Alliance, which HP is a member of, and which will push the adoption of the KVM hypervisor for virtualization. This arrangement helps Red Hat extend the friendliness of its server core out to applications of all stripes, including cloud apps.

IBM also announced that it will continue to "optimize Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM platforms," and closely collaborate with Red Hat. At this point, Red Hat can no longer be thought of as just a Linux-centric company. With its powerful partners, and an increasing focus on virtualization and cloud computing, Red Hat is moving toward powering brand new types of applications, and RHEL 6.1 will be a central part of that effort.


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