Red Hat engineers enterprise Linux for longer on-road mileage

Red Hat has extended the “production life cycle” of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 from seven to 10 years in what the company says is direct response to customer demand.

Production Life Cycle specialists are fond of capitalising the term, giving it a (PLM) acronym label and talking about the different phases of PLM from system concept, to design, to validation, build stage and then deployment — plus ongoing operational management, support and servicing.

Yes, this process ends logically with system disposal — this is very much akin to talking about a software system as if it were a car.

Red Hat says that enterprise customers now have additional deployment alternatives for their Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system implementations as they plan the future of their strategic IT deployments.

“Enterprise customers require flexibility when planning strategic, long-term technology deployments,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit, Red Hat. “With a ten-year life cycle, customers now have additional choices when planning their Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployment and overall IT strategy. We are pleased that customers are looking far into the future with Red Hat.”

The company says that it has extended the Red Hat Enterprise Linux life cycle so that customers can remain on their current version longer. Red Hat’s message is one of support and connection to a “broad ecosystem” of certified hardware platforms and ISV applications from Red Hat partners.