RedHat Expands Multicloud Transformation and Hybrid Innovation Foundation
RedHat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, has released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5, the latest edition of the world’s premier enterprise Linux platform. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a standard, the open operating system for cloud computing, traditional data center operations, and edge computing. The platform enables IT, teams, to leverage existing talents while leveraging new and extended capabilities to create the revolutionary apps and services that their business requires, regardless of where these workloads end up.
RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.5 is built on Red Hat’s 20+ years of Linux knowledge to provide an innovative platform that spans public cloud providers, numerous hardware architectures, virtualized environments, and edge computing models. The new platform expands Red Hat Insights offerings, improves container management capabilities, and makes it easier for IT organizations to set up workload-specific systems across multi-cloud environments.
Managing the complexity of deployment
Almost all RedHat Enterprise Linux subscriptions include Red Hat Insights, Red Hat’s predictive analytics solution for identifying and resolving possible system issues. With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5, Insights gains new capabilities in the areas of vulnerability, compliance, and remediation, allowing organizations to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments more effectively across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments, even in complex security and compliance scenarios.
Providing support for container innovation
Containers are an important part of modern DevOps systems, which are necessary for multicloud and hybrid cloud adoption. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 builds on Red Hat’s leadership in making containerized applications easier to use and administer, with the following features:
- Rootless OverlayFS allows for faster picture creation.
- Containerized Podman is fully supported in continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD) systems and other operating environments.
- For better resource use, native integration with cgroup2 is available.
- Default container image signature verification validates the integrity of container images during installation and ensures that images are fetched from the Red Hat Container Registry and have not been tampered with since signing.
Multicloud operations made easier
The IT operations experience is becoming more difficult as modern IT architectures stretch across numerous public clouds, virtualized environments, private clouds, on-premise servers, and edge devices. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 introduces support for new Red Hat Enterprise Linux system roles to help address this complexity and extend the existing skills of both new and seasoned IT operations teams. System roles are pre-configured settings for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems that let IT teams handle certain workloads more easily and quickly, from the cloud to the edge. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 currently offers the following features:
- The Red Hat Enterprise Linux system role for Microsoft SQL Server makes it easy for IT and database managers to automate the installation, configuration, and tuning of SQL Server to meet their individual needs.
- The Red Hat Enterprise Linux system role for virtual private networking (VPN) reduces the time it takes to set up VPN tunnels, improves consistency, and lowers the chance of misconfigurations, which can be a common cause of IT security problems.
- The Red Hat Enterprise Linux system role for Postfix automates and standardizes Postfix mail server configuration, eliminating manual processes while yet allowing for customization.
In addition to these important new features, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 also supports OpenJDK 17 and.NET 6 for developers looking to upgrade and build next-generation applications. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux online console has also been improved, allowing administrators to oversee live kernel patching and overall performance. Finally, Image Builder has been enhanced to provide more support for customizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux images on bare metal for edge deployments, as well as compiling images with unique file systems to suit organization-specific internal standards and security compliance requirements.
The Red Hat Customer Portal now has Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 accessible for download.