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Red Hat's Next Steps With Enterprise Linux

Red Hat's just delivered the 5.2 version of their venerable Red Hat Enterprise Linux, right on the heels of the version 9 release of the equally-venerable Fedora. I took some time out to talk with Daniel Riek, Product Manager for RHEL, about what was new. The best new stuff all involves the "V"-word: virtualization.

The first thing Daniel wanted to note is that 5.2 is a refresh, a minor release to enable new hardware -- but a lot of those "minor" changes make RHEL all the more appealing to those running datacenters or performing server consolidation. Many of the new goodies revolve around virtualization improvements, like support for larger systems (up to 64 logical CPUs) as well as NUMA and CPU frequency scaling controls. This last item helps keep consolidation servers running that much cooler and save that much more power, something weighing heavily on everyone's mind these days. (I should note that these things did exist before in the "bare metal" version of the product, just not in virtualization.) And as per Red Hat's policies about code, these new features are developed as far upstream as possible.

Another key improvement to RHEL's virtualization comes in the form of the libvirt virtualization and management API. This library's hypervisor neutral, so it can integrate with a variety of management suites such as IBM/Tivoli's, which they're preparing compatibility with right now. The timing's right for adding these features, especially since Microsoft is all the closer to rolling out Hyper-V as a solution of its own.

Follow the link to find out what else David said about Red Hat's Enterprise Linux and post your thoughts in the comment section.

Serdar Yegulalp
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