The platform provides a common foundation for enterprise information technology that enables organizations to deliver any application and meet any requirement from the data center to multiple public clouds. (CZ)
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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source technology solutions, today unveiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta, a common platform for new and existing enterprise information technologies. The next generation of the world’s leading Linux enterprise platform supports digital transformation strategies in the hybrid cloud, delivering differentiated products and services with innovations such as Linux containers and Kubernetes. At the same time, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta enables IT teams to optimize resources and leverage the added value of existing technology investments to align innovation requirements with stability and productivity.
Within four years since Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 redefined the operating system, IT has changed dramatically, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux evolving with it – and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta once again demonstrates the ability of the operating system to support innovation in IT. The platform not only offers hundreds of improvements and a number of new features, but several basic features are designed to facilitate digital transformation and support hybrid cloud work without disrupting existing production systems.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta introduces the principle of application streams that make it easier to set up user space sets with greater flexibility. User space components can now be updated faster than important operating system updates, so there is no need to wait for another major fix. You can also create multiple versions of the same package, such as an interpreted language or database, for installation through an application stream. As a result, Red Hat Enterprise Linux can be more flexible and customizable without compromising the underlying platform stability or deployment.
In addition to the enhanced basic architecture, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta (RHEL8 Beta) delivers the following:
RHEL8 Beta supports more efficient Linux networks in containers via IPVLAN and connects virtual machine-integrated containers to network hosts with minimal implications for permeability or latency. It also includes a new set of TCP / IP with bandwidth congestion control and BBR, delivering higher performance, minimal latency, and reduced packet loss for Internet services such as video streaming and hosted storage.
As with all earlier versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL8 Beta delivers better code and security fixes, along with standard high-level Red Hat software security. The goal of RHEL8 Beta is to provide a core operating system in a hybrid cloud that will automatically guarantee greater security.
RHEL8 Beta supports the OpenSSL 1.1.1 and TLS 1.3 protocols and enables server applications on this platform to leverage the latest cryptographic standards for customer data protection. It also includes system-wide encryption rules that make encryption consistent from a single point without having to modify and debug specific applications.
Red Hat has introduced a new standard of enterprise support for Linux containers in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, which has now become an essential part of the digital transformation. They offer the way to more portable and flexible business applications, while Red Hat is still at the forefront of this shift with the new RHEL8 Beta.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 also fully supports and implements resource-efficient, open standards-based Red Hat container tools. Tools Buildah (production cars), conquers (traffic containers) and Skopeo (sharing / search container) created with the needs of companies in the IT security and help developers quickly and efficiently find, execute, create and share containerized applications due to the distributed nature of the instruments without software demons.
The ever wider use of Linux in enterprise data centers requires service, while new system administrators often have to manage complex systems or perform challenging tasks that don’t suit them. RHEL8 Beta makes it easy for system administrators to work with different enhancements at all levels of expertise, from a single consistent dashboard using Red Hat Enterprise Linux web console. The panel offers a simplified interface where you can manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers locally and remotely, including virtual machines.
Tool Composer offers new and experienced users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux option to build and deploy custom images across the hybrid cloud – from physical and virtualized environments to instances of private and public clouds. Using a straightforward graphical interface, Composer simplifies access to individual kits and the assembly process of deployable images. This makes it easier for users to create images based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, from a minimized option to specially optimized versions, and use them for different deployment models, including virtual machines and cloud environments.
Yum 4 introduces the next generation of Yum Manager in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, delivering more performance, less installed dependencies, and a greater choice of package versions to meet individual performance requirements.
File systems and storage
A new feature in RHEL8 Beta is the Stratis volume management file system, which offers smarter data management. Stratis eliminates complex aspects of data management that are inextricably linked to the API, and allows these functions to be used without system administrators knowing the basics of the system in detail.
The File System Snapshots feature allows you to perform file-level tasks faster, such as cloning virtual machines, while saving space by consuming new storage capacity only when data is changed. The system also supports LUKSv2 for data encryption on disk, along with Network-Bound Disk Encryption (NBDE) for more robust data security and easier access to encrypted data.
Possibility of testing
Red Hat offers today’s customers the ability to experience Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta and learn how to deploy applications more flexibly, securely and accurately. Developers can also look into the future of the world’s leading Linux enterprise platform with Red Hat Developer. For more information, go to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Public Beta website for a README file that contains instructions for downloading and installing software.