Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 is now available.
According to Red Hat, the update builds on the November release of version 6.0 with improvements in system reliability, scalability and performance, coupled with support for upcoming system hardware.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 also delivers patches and security updates, while maintaining application compatibility and OEM/ISV certifications.
"With Linux adoption growing across all workloads, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 provides more enterprise reliability, performance and control throughout the datacentre," said Jim Totton, vice-president and general manager, Platform Business at Red Hat.
Red Hat says its Enterprise Linux server software, combined with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation running on IBM systems, delivers 45% better consolidation capability than competitors in performance tests conducted by Red Hat and IBM.
The update offers configuration options for improvements in FCoE (fibre channel over Ethernet), datacentre bridging and iSCSI offload. Red Hat says this allows networked storage to deliver the quality of service commonly associated with directly connected storage.
Red Hat says it has also made improvements to the file systems, scheduler, resource management and high availability options.
Users get a technology preview of Red Hat Enterprise Identity (IPA) services, based on the open source FreeIPA project
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 is available to subscribing Red Hat customers via the company's website.