With the Red Hat Summit being held at Chicago from the 1st to 4th September, the company has suddenly flooded the industry with announcements and releases ranging from their bread-and-butter Enterprise-grade Operating System to it’s forays into new technologies and product offerings.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
At the Red Hat Summit, Red Hat officially announce the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.4
RHEL 5.4 primarily focuses on Virtualization support in the kernel via the Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM). Alongwith virtualization, this enterprise-grade operating system also introduced support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet, compatibility with x86/amd platforms, feature enhancements for application developers in the area of profiling and lots of security and bug fixes. Also included in this version is strengthened partnerships with industry giants like IBM, HP and Dell.
Also mentioned in the Summit was a sneak-peek at Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0. RHEL 6.0 will focus on better power management, optimizations for large scale deployments, emphasis on performance and an increases focus on KVM based virtualization.
During the Summit, Red Hat also officially announced the launch of the GateIN portal project . GateIN uses JBoss technologies to create a new portal framework. According to Red Hat, the ultimate goal is to provide both, an intuitive portal to use as-is and a portal framework to build upon depending on customer needs.
Speaking of JBoss, the company also announced the delivery of the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.0 middleware for the cloud.
Red Hat announced the release of Red Hat Network Satellite 5.3, the first release of it’s Systems Management tool built from the SpacelWalk open source project. The basic idea behind Spacewalk, started at last year’s Summit, was to have an open source Systems Management project as the next step for it’s proprietary Network Satellite (RHN) application.
Finally, the Summit also saw the foray of Red Hat into Cloud computing. With the unveiling of the DeltaCloud project, Red Hat plans to enable an ecosystem of developers, tools, scripts, and applications which can interoperate across the public and private clouds. The Deltacloud effort is creating a common, REST-based API, such that developers can write once and manage anywhere, across clouds like Amazon’s EC2 or Rackspace.
With so many Service and Product offerings, Red Hat seems to have redeemed it’s silence. With this Summit, the largest independent Linux Company in the world is not about to give it’s top position to the likes of Canonical and Novell just yet.