Red Hat has announced new features and improvements to the Enterprise Linux platform, promoting it as the basic operating system for the open hybrid cloud, from data center to edge.
Available in the coming weeks, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4 refines the role of the platform as a lightweight and production operating system for edge implementations, adding new Linux containers and management capabilities according to the needs of edge computing.
According to Red Hat’s The For Red Hat, this indicates that the importance of the edge computing as an open hybrid cloud footprint will grow in the years to come, making the preparation for l’edge computing a crucial necessity for CIO and IT leader.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the production base for many Fortune 500 companies worldwide, from global financial institutions and health systems to production companies and public administrations.
The platform combines coherence and control of hybrid cloud environments with the ability to adopt the innovation that is gradually open or all-at-once.
With the new capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4, the company extends these features to edge implementations.
Introduction to Red Hat Edge
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the basis for Red Hat Edge’s initiative, which aims to provide Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud portfolio capabilities to edge applications across all sectors, from telecommunications and transport to intelligent cars to Red Hat’s entire range of open technologies builds a ready-to-ledge technology stack, which includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Enterprise Linux Container, climbed by l’edge
Edge implementations often rely heavily on Linux containers to make it easier to build, implement and maintain workloads in different locations.
Enterprise Linux 8.4 helps maintain standardisation and control through these images, starting with Podman updates, the container engine based on open standards of Enterprise Linux. Podman allows container management through the hybrid cloud opened from a single central point, whether it is run in the data center or in a remote location, and offers the ability to automatically update containers, making it easier to maintain containerized workloads and
Enterprise Linux 8.4 adds new features to Image Builder, a tool that creates custom operating system images that can be distributed for a variety of uses. For edge computing workloads, Image Builder now supports the creation of custom-made installations for coffin metal, helping IT teams maintain a common base even through disconnected edge environments.
Universal Base Image (UBI), the content of Enterprise Linux user space that can be run within containers, has also received improvements.
UBI allows containers to maintain the same production characteristics as Enterprise Linux, including greater security and efficiency, at the level of application.
For l’edge computing, UBI is now available in a lightweight image (micro), making it ideal for the realization of redistributable, standardized Linux-based cloud-native applications without the l’overhead of an entire kernel distribution
Enterprise Linux in the Open Hybrid Cloud
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4 is more than a base for l’edge. The latest version of the Enterprise Linux platform adds new and improved capabilities to help organizations develop, implement and maintain hybrid cloud strategies from data center to cloud. Other key features include greater flexibility for cloud-based applications with a holistic view of subscription distribution and reporting through Insights Subscriptions, as well as extensive support for Cloud Access.
Easy and automated system configuration and management through the utility tracer and Enterprise Linux Web Console updates, which provide intelligent guidance for system patches and updates in order to identify downtime due to service restart or
Extended security capabilities designed to meet the needs of IT organizations with Enterprise Linux System Role for Crypto Policies and Network-Bound Disk Encryption (NBDE) supplied as a container in distributed environments.
Enterprise Linux 8.4 also benefits from new and powerful additions to Red Hat’s Insights, the proactive management offer, to help strengthen IT security, system analysis and management of Enterprise Linux systems.
Insights is available by default with all active subscriptions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift and Automation Platform.
The general availability of Enterprise Linux 8.4 is expected for the next few weeks through the company’s customer portal.