Red Hat has unveiled the latest version of its Enterprise Linux operating system at a press conference in San Francisco.
Paul Cormier, products and technologies group president at Red Hat, outlined the key features in an operating system that the company says represents an entire decade of growth and development.
"This is a very important point for us. We have been at this for the last 10 years, bringing open source technology to the enterprise," he said.
High on the list of new features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6) is improved scalability. The operating system will support up to 16TB of RAM, 4,096 processors and 100TB of storage space.
Part of the aim of this scalability is a desire to keep up with increasingly large virtualised systems and multi-processor servers.
To help manage potential bottlenecks in multi-processor systems, Red Hat is offering the Non Uniform Memory Architecture which allows the platform to better map out and manage memory and processor setup.
In doing so, the company believes that RHEL 6 will be able to significantly reduce the speed 'penalty' companies incur when running virtualisation deployments on systems with multiple processors.
Jean Bozman, enterprise computing group research vice president at IDC, told V3.co.uk that RHEL 6 will look to expand the reach of Linux.
Once a limited market, Linux is now looking to enter the small business space and take on areas of the high-performance and high-availability markets previously occupied by older Unix systems and platforms such as Solaris.
"When Linux started to take off, you mostly heard it in connection with the web and edge, but over the years it has taken on a much broader meaning," said Bozman.
"The task now is to address more and more customer scenarios. It has to cover a wider range of workloads."
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