Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Arrives with Virtualization Enhancements and Better Networking

The latest version in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux series has been released

By on November 22nd, 2013 07:55 GMT

Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 for all customers, featuring extensive partner and support ecosystem.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 is not designed for the average user. It targets the people who build and manage large, complex IT projects, especially enterprises that require an open hybrid cloud.

“Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 provides the innovation expected from the industry’s leading enterprise Linux operating system while also delivering a mature platform for business operations, be it standardizing operating environments or supporting critical applications.”

“The newest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 forms the building blocks of the entire Red Hat portfolio, including OpenShift and OpenStack, making it a perfect foundation for enterprises looking to explore the open hybrid cloud,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, platform business unit, Red Hat.

According to the release notes, Red Hat Enterprise Linux now features a centralized certificate trust store that enables standardized certificate access for security services, and tools such as OpenSCAP 2.1, which implements the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) 1.2.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 comes with a number of virtualization enhancements. For example, sysadmins can now dynamically enable or disable virtual processors (vCPUs) in active guests, the handling of memory intensive applications for guests has been improved, and configurations are now supported for up to 4TB of memory on the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.

Also, support for NVM Express (NVMe)-based SSDs has been implemented, improvements have been added to better enterprise storage scalability, and it's now easier to track and manage subscription consumption across the enterprise, integrating subscription tracking into existing business workflow.

The complete release notes can be found in the official announcement. You can also review and purchase the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 distribution from Softpedia.
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