Following on from its agreement with VMware, Red Hat is keeping up its momentum in virtualisation with the latest version of its Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 2.
To be released in early 2007, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will aim to provide the latest open source technologies for improved performance, security and flexibility. Red Hat says the release will show a continued focus on technologies designed to drive costs out of deploying and managing infrastructure software, such as raising the bar for commercial-strength Linux virtualisation in an x86 server environment.
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Specifically, Enterprise Linux 5 incorporates a new, fully integrated server and storage virtualisation solution. This release enables an integrated virtualisation solution by coupling server virtualisation with Red Hat's clustering support. In order to enhance availability, failover at either the application or virtual machine level is provided by Red Hat Cluster Suite. Red Hat is also offering its Global File System and Cluster Logical Volume Manager technology to allow application data to be accessed securely and shared by any guest from any system.
"The incorporation of virtualisation technologies into operating system software is a major industry development that will have a long-term impact on how customers design their computer infrastructure, how they deploy and how they plan for scalability, availability and continuity," explains Al Gillen, research vice-president for system software at IDC.
"Red Hat's approach of integrating virtualisation software and clustering technology together with file system software gives Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 the capability to go beyond basic server consolidation, and empowers users to address more sophisticated virtualisation requirements," he adds.