Red Hat has strengthened web-based systems management tool Red Hat Network with a provisioning module.
The module, which it will roll out at the LinuxWorld Expo in New York this week, is designed to allow system administrators to install, deploy, configure and manage servers using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system.
The Red Hat Network has been available to Red Hat Linux users since 2000 and includes two other modules: the update module for basic management and maintenance of single systems and the management module for more advanced group-based management.
The update module comes with the purchase of Red Hat Linux Enterprise.
The management module costs $96 per node per year. The provisioning module costs $192 per node per year and will include the management module.
Red Hat Network is designed to manage only Red Hat operating systems.
The next extension to Red Hat Network will probably come through support for third-party applications, so that they can be managed from the systems management console.
Juan Carlos Perez writes for IDG News Service