Red Hat announced this morning the unveiling of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for "redefining the Enterprise OS." Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 boasts virtualization improvements, uses XFS as the default file-system rather than EXT4, utilizes systemd, and offers a whole lot of modern enterprise software compared to the stable stack of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Addressing Next-Generation IT Requirements Enterprise IT does not exist in a static vacuum; technology is dynamic, with new innovations emerging almost daily, promising improved operational efficiencies as well as providing the ability to respond to radically-evolving business requirements. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 offers customers the agility and the flexibility to meet these new needs head-on without increasing complexity, from rapidly delivering new applications via secure, lightweight containers to scaling infrastructure to meet big data requirements with new and enhanced file systems. Key Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 features to address next-generation IT needs include: Enhanced application development, delivery, portability and isolation through Linux Containers, including Docker, across physical, virtual, and cloud deployments as well as development, test and production environments. Significant file system improvements, including XFS as the default file system, scaling to 500 TB. Cross-realm trust to easily enable secure access for Microsoft Active Directory users across Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux domains, providing the flexibility for Red Hat Enterprise Linux to co-exist within heterogeneous datacenters. Powerful and secure application runtimes and development, delivery and troubleshooting tools, integrated into the platform and container-ready. Managing the Modern Datacenter Beyond providing the capabilities to meet emerging IT innovation, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 also addresses today’s technology needs. With growing requests for complex systems, on-demand services and robust security, IT teams need more control, more clarity and more scalability without having to deploy dozens of specialized tools. Independent of deployment scale, scope or complexity, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 serves as not only a catalyst for enterprise innovation, but also delivers the military-grade security and the mission-critical reliability, as well as the performance, the features and the ease-of-use to efficiently “keep the lights on,” including: Innovative infrastructure components like systemd, a leading standard for modernizing the management of processes, services, security and other resources. Built-in performance profiles, tuning and instrumentation for optimized performance and easy scalability. Unified management tooling and an industry-standard management framework with OpenLMI for streamlined administration and system configuration. Enhanced application isolation and security applied via containerization to protect against both unintentional interference and malicious attacks. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Ecosystem As with all of Red Hat’s enterprise open source solutions, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is backed by Red Hat’s extensive global ecosystem of services and support. Read more about the global technology leaders that are rallying behind Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 will be supported by Red Hat’s robust hands-on training and certification program, featuring classroom, virtual and on-site team courses. More details about the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 training and certification portfolio will be available soon. Virtual Event and Press Webcast Red Hat will host a virtual event - Redefining the Enterprise OS - to share more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 today, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT. Following keynote remarks from Red Hat’s Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies; Tim Yeaton, senior vice president, Infrastructure Group; and Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit, press and analysts are invited to participate in a question and answer session.