With Support from Industry-Leading Partners, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 Enters the Market; Offers Enterprise IT a Firm Foundation for a
Virtualized and Cloud-Focused Future
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 6, the latest major release of the company's flagship
operating platform, setting the scene for its server operating systems
for the next decade. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat defines
new standards for commercial open source operating environments.
Designed to support today's flexible and varied enterprise
architectures, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 delivers the comprehensive
foundation customers need for physical, virtualized and cloud
Available for almost a decade, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has gained a
reputation for performance and reliability and presents a high-value
alternative to proprietary operating systems. Today customers all over
the world rely on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for their most
"For nearly eight years, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has delivered
outstanding value and performance for our enterprise IT infrastructure,"
said Gordon Penfold, chief technology officer at British Airways. "We
plan to migrate our mission-critical systems to Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 and anticipate that it will provide us with the flexibility to deploy
our applications to fit our specific business needs, crossing bare
metal, virtualized and cloud deployments."
"Building on our strategic use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, scaling from
physical to virtual and cloud environments, we have been an active
participant in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 beta program," said Motti
Finkelstein, Managing Director at Citigroup. "The core capabilities of
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, including improvements in security,
performance and power management, will better enable us to scale to the
largest systems on the market today while providing continued
flexibility and great efficiency."
"By employing the new leading-edge features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 including improved performance and optimized resource management, we
look forward to being able to provide our customers with optimal cloud
services to meet their needs," said Mamoru Murakami, director of IP
Technology Department, Business Network Services Division at NTT
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 complements broader use of Linux and open
source software across a range of verticals and particularly for large
service provider and enterprise datacenter users by giving customers
greater flexibility," said Jay Lyman, Enterprise Software Analyst in the
Commercial Adoption of Open Source (CAOS) team at The 451 Group. "The
release also addresses Linux deployment at greater scale thanks to
kernel and KVM performance and feature enhancements in areas such as
security, scheduling, power savings, control groups, resource and system
management and multi-tenancy."
Incorporating software technologies developed by Red Hat, its partners
and the open source community over the past three years, Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 6 delivers extensive new 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
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.
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux has for years been the mission-critical
platform of choice for many enterprise companies. Customers such as
British Airways, Citi and NTT Communications have become trusted
partners in the development of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform. We
are now entering an era of enterprise computing where flexibility,
portability and interoperability are more important than ever. And
today, we are delivering the platform that customers need. This has
always been our focus," said Paul Cormier, executive vice president and
president, Products and Technologies at Red Hat. "What we are delivering
is more open, more reliable and more comprehensive than other products
on the market. The future is here with a platform designed to take
customers into the next generation with virtualization and cloud."
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 includes hundreds of technical feature
enhancements and additions that offer customers a significant technology
leap over marketplace alternatives. It offers:
A highly optimized application platform for large-scale, centrally
managed enterprise deployments.
Enhanced efficiency with the latest generation of highly scalable
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 new technologies for physical, virtual and cloud
At the heart of the factors contributing to the leadership of Red Hat
Enterprise Linux as an industry standard is its extensive ecosystem of
certified hardware platforms and software applications. Red Hat's goal
is to offer unmatched choice to its customers, and its simple "certify
once, deploy anywhere" model offers software providers and customers
enhanced deployment flexibility. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 is designed to be as "future proof" as possible, optimizing the
capabilities of today's system hardware from partners such as AMD,
Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel and NEC, while
facilitating the ability to incorporate the capabilities of tomorrow's
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 was built to take advantage of the core
density and power efficiency available in industry-leading servers, such
as those based on AMD Opteron™ 6000 and 4000 series platforms," said
Margaret Lewis, director of Software Strategy at AMD (NYSE: AMD).
"Combining the impressive performance, scalability, virtualization and
efficiency benefits of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with AMD-based server
solutions can help our joint customers to reduce costs and expand the
capabilities of their computing infrastructure."
"With the proliferation of Linux-based computing environments, the
combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and the Cisco Unified
Computing System allows customers to achieve greater IT productivity
while delivering lower total cost of ownership, greater agility and
enhanced security," said Lew Tucker, vice president and chief technology
officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco. "Virtualization technology has
never been more essential, helping fuel consolidation efforts and
enabling the transition to cost-effective and scalable cloud computing
models. At Cisco, we're especially proud of the value we are delivering,
with Red Hat, to customers around our unified system with policy-based
management and hardware-enabled virtual I/O to yield greater control,
visibility and performance for virtualized applications."
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux coupled with Dell PowerEdge servers enables
customers to build, manage and maintain an efficient datacenter while
preserving flexibility and choice," said Tim Mattox, vice president of
Enterprise Product Marketing at Dell. "The technology leadership
delivered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on Dell platforms provides
exceptional value over RISC alternatives."
"Since 2003, Red Hat and Fujitsu have been working closely together to
develop and enhance Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run mission-critical
environments with Fujitsu's highly reliable hardware and software
products," said Yoichi Hori, president, Platform Software Business Unit
at Fujitsu. "We are pleased that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will enable
our customers to run their systems on a more stable environment."
"Hitachi welcomes the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. With this
release, we expect Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will drive the adoption of
Linux in the market with its improved high reliability compared to Red
Hat Enterprise Linux 5," said Daisuke Sasaki, general manager of
Platform Software at Hitachi Software Division. "Along with Red Hat,
Hitachi has co-developed strengthened RAS functionality in the Linux
kernel and in conjunction with our highly reliable added functions, that
are available through Hitachi Support 360. Red Hat and Hitachi are
providing customers with a dependable and comfortable Linux environment.
With the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, we will be able to bring these
benefits to a greater number of customers."
"Clients need operating platforms that can accommodate a full range of
datacenter models," said Scott Farrand, vice president, Infrastructure
Servers and Software at HP. "Optimizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on
ProLiant servers extends the power of open source to HP's Converged
Infrastructure allowing clients to automate, scale-up or virtualize
their environments to best fit their business requirements."
"Red Hat and IBM have collaborated for over a decade to optimize Red Hat
Enterprise Linux and IBM platforms for the needs of our joint
customers," said Jean Staten Healy, director of worldwide cross-brand
Linux strategy, IBM. "The combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and
IBM technology offers our joint customers even further improvements for
mission-critical, virtualized and cloud deployments, especially when
combined with our latest IBM hardware capabilities. Designed with
scalability and performance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is an important
new platform for the industry."
"Together, Red Hat and Intel are focused on driving innovation for
enterprises by combining our world-class hardware and software
capabilities. This collaboration extends throughout the ecosystem to
ISVs, OEMs and system vendors to ensure innovation across all levels of
the solution stack," said Doug Fisher, vice president, Intel Software
and Services Group, and general manager, Systems Software Division. "Red
Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on Intel® Xeon® processors provides extensive
scalability, performance, reliability and availability benefits ideal
for virtualization and cloud environments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux
running on Intel is an industry-leading choice for today's demanding and
"We expect Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with its superior scalability,
stability, and availability to promote the adoption of Linux and to
expand the Linux market globally," said Kotetsu Ohmiya, General Manager
of 1st IT Software Division at NEC Corporation. "NEC's system
architecture combining Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, EXPRESSCLUSTER, NEC's
other middleware solutions, and Express5800 Series servers will drive
the unprecedented adoption of Linux for mission-critical systems."
To learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, join Red Hat for a press
conference that will be broadcast live via video webcast at 11am PT on
November 10, 2010. The webcast will also be available for replay. To
join, visit http://www-waa-akam.thomson-webcast.net/us/dispatching/?event_id=09a0527bde2a763b87bdbe202ea8a5ab&portal_id=af9b227bf07c733390c2738ee0330646.
For additional Red Hat Enterprise Linux announcements, visit www.press.redhat.com.
For more information about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, visit www.redhat.com/rhel.
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