Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 General Availability Announced

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8, the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform. The Red Hat Enterprise delivers Linux 6.8, with new capabilities and also provides a stable and trusted platform for critical IT infrastructure. Red Hat Enterprise Linux continues to power not only the existing workloads but also the technologies of the near future, from cloud-native applications to Linux containers.
 
 
 
Jim Tottonvice president and general manager, Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat, states,
 
“With enhancements to security features and management, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 remains a solid, proven base for modern enterprise IT operations.”
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 includes numerous new updated features in order to help organizations bolster platform security and enhance systems management or monitoring capabilities, which  includes the following;
 
Enhanced Security, Authentication, and Interoperability
 
In order to enhance the security for virtual private networks (VPNs), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 includes libreswan, an implementation of one of the most widely supported and standardized VPN protocols, which replaces openswan as the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 VPN endpoint solution, providing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 customers access to recent advances in VPN security.
 
Customers who are running the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will be able to observe increased client-side performance and simpler management through the addition of new capabilities to Identity Management client code (SSSD). Cached authentication lookup on the client helps in reducing the unnecessary exchange of user credentials with Active Directory server. Support for adcli make things easier in the management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 systems interoperating with an Active Directory domain. Additionally, SSSD now goes on to support user authentication through smart cards, for both system login as well as related functions like sudo.
 
Enhanced Management and Monitoring
 
The addition of Relax and Recover, a system which helps in archiving tools, provides a more streamlined system administration experience, enabling system administrators to create local backups in ISO format and it can be centrally archived and replicated remotely for simplified disaster recovery operations. An enhanced yum tool helps in simplifying addition packages, adding intelligence to the process of locating required packages which would enable new platform features.
 
The company states,
 
“Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 provides increased visibility into storage usage and performance through dmstats, a program that displays and manages I/O statistics for user-defined regions of devices using the device-mapper driver.”
 
Additional Enhancements and Updates
 
For users with ever-increasing volumes of data, the Scalable File System Add-on for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 is now supporting xfs filesystem sizes up to 300TB.
 
In addition, the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 includes the launch of an updated Red Hat Enetrprise Linux 6.8 based image which will allow users to migrate traditional workloads into container-based applications, which is quite suitable for the deployment on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host.
 
Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat,states,
 
“Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 continues to demonstrate Red Hat’s commitment to our customers’ many mission-critical deployments by delivering a proven foundation for the applications and systems that power the modern enterprise. With enhancements to security features and management, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 remains a solid, proven base for modern enterprise IT operations.”