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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 aims to fuel innovation in the open hybrid cloud

The latest version of RHEL will be available in the coming weeks, complete with updated features for edge and multi-cloud computing

Open-source specialist Red Hat has unveiled details of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9, which it says will provide a springboard for more consistent innovation across the open hybrid cloud.

From bare metal servers to cloud providers and the farthest edge of enterprise networks, the operating system has been designed to drive enterprise transformation in line with the latest automation requirements.

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This latest version of the platform is the first production release built from CentOS Stream, the continuously delivered Linux distribution that tracks just ahead of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The open-source giant says this approach helps the broader Red Hat Enterprise Linux ecosystem provide feedback, code and feature updates to the platform.

“As the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 extends wherever needed across the open hybrid cloud and beyond, pairing the trusted backbone of enterprise Linux with the innovative catalysts of open source communities,” explained Matthew Hicks, Red Hat’s executive vice president of Products and Technologies.

“Linux is positioned at the epicentre of rapid technological evolution and that Linux is Red Hat Enterprise Linux.”

Red Hat says this latest iteration incorporates key enhancements specifically designed to address evolving IT needs at the edge – including comprehensive edge management delivered as a service to oversee and scale remote deployments with greater control and security functionality.

There’s also automatic container control with Podman, the platform’s integrated container management technology, which can detect if a newly updated container fails to start and then roll it back to the previous working version.

Red Hat has also introduced a new image builder service which supports image creation for customized filesystems and major cloud providers and virtualization technologies – including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and VMware.

Among its security perks, RHEL 9 incorporates features to help address hardware-level vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown, as well as capabilities to help user-space processes create memory areas that are inaccessible to potentially malicious code.

That’s alongside integrity measurement architecture (IMA) digital hashes and signatures, through which users can verify the integrity of the operating system. Red Hat says this will help detect rogue infrastructure modifications and limit potential system compromises.

Elsewhere, the platform also adds an expanded set of Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Roles, as well as support for kernel live patching from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux web console.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 will be generally available in the coming weeks via the Red Hat Customer Portal and major cloud marketplaces, the firm said. The platform will also be accessible through no-cost Red Hat Developer programs.

“The platform is designed for an automated world, where the operating system forms the connection point between otherwise disparate and disconnected environments and technologies,” said Ashesh Badani, senior vice president of Products at Red Hat.

“Whether it's extending existing skills into new IT footprints or helping to bring cloud-native workloads to production, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 provides the innovation engine for the modern and future enterprise.”

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