Red Hat has issued the general availability update for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.7, which provides security enhancements along with updated systems management and monitoring capabilities for customers.
The release is available on the Red Hat Network to all customers with an active RHEL subscription, and provides updates to the RHEL 6 platform first released in 2010.
Red Hat has since released RHEL 7, but continues to provide support for corporate users of older platforms under its 10-year lifecycle policy.
The enhanced functionality in the RHEL 6.7 release is intended to help organisations tailor their infrastructure for the business needs of today while remaining flexible enough to prepare for the IT challenges of tomorrow, Red Hat said.
Jim Totton, vice president and general manager of the Platforms Business Unit at Red Hat, explained that issuing the update will ensure that companies still on RHEL 6 can operate in a stable and predictable way.
"In addition, the availability of a RHEL 6.7 base image allows enterprises who have standardised on the RHEL 6 platform to keep their operations intact as they explore and transition to container-based application infrastructure," he said.
Key features in the update include increased interoperability with Windows-based Active Directory infrastructure via the System Security Services Daemon, which is now able to use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) for access control, for example.
This mimics the functionality of Windows clients, meaning that administrators can now use GPOs to control access to Linux clients.
Improvements designed to boost security and stability include an update to Performance Co-Pilot that brings metric collectors and monitoring tools, plus the inclusion of Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Workbench, a SCAP scanner tool that provides tailoring functionality for SCAP content through an intuitive graphical user interface.
Customers can also expect to get a performance boost with the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) Cache feature, which is fully supported under this release.
LVM Cache allows users to create logical volumes whereby a small fast storage device, typically a flash drive, acts as a cache for a larger slower drive. This maximises the benefits of such high-speed storage while helping to limit costs.
Also with this release, Red Hat is making available an Enterprise Linux 6.7 base image to help customers migrate workloads into container-based applications for deployment on RHEL 7 or the Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host version specially created for containers.
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