Are you a traditional Red Hat customer using Red Hat Enterprise Linux? You may be big on standing still. This doesn’t mean you personally. But you want your platform to be stable. You’re fielding critical applications on it, and you need it to be rock steady and predictable.
Wait, did you say you’re not traditional in that sense? Perhaps you’re looking for new features to support emerging applications, then. You want agility, flexibility, and modularity in your platform, whether it exists on premise or in the cloud.
Those are 2 really different ways of looking at the operating system.
Understanding the problem
Denise Dumas, Red Hat’s VP of Platform Engineering, understands these competing needs. So does Red Hat’s Director of Product Management Ronald Pacheco. They teamed up at the Red Hat Summit to explain how Red Hat Enterprise Linux can support both these types of customers.
As Dumas explained, “RHEL is one-stop shopping” for security, scalability, and stability. That doesn’t change for customers, whether they value a traditional or a non-traditional platform. But with modern, competing needs for infrastructure, she said, the requirements aren’t as simple. “RHEL customers expect stability but also demand innovation.”
Some folks want it to stand still. Others want to use new and innovative code. That’s quite a quandary for an operating system.
Make someone (everyone) happy
Can a platform with 10 years of support meet all these needs at the same time? In a word, yes.
Red Hat Software Collections and the Developer Toolset, for example, help customers use new technology on their stable platform. They can rely on these software stacks to move faster than the platform, and deliver modern frameworks for development and operations.
Red Hat Software Collections and Developer Toolset aren’t just additional packages, although you can get them that way. They’re now available in container formats as well.
Pacheco also explained that as the team develops Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, it folds innovative features into other products that rely on the platform. For example, some of you may have noticed the availability of .NET Core on Red Hat Enterprise Linux just this week. .NET Core isn’t just available on traditional Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but also on Red Hat OpenShift, our innovative container application platform.
“Plus ça change…”
Of course, Red Hat continues to deliver the security you demand throughout the product line. That doesn’t change. We patch for flaws and vulnerabilities and deliver them quickly, no matter how you put the platform to use–Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, and so on.
But what’s under the hood beyond security fixes? There are literally hundreds of innovative, powerful features coming in the next update of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Want to dig in further? Keep checking back with the Red Hat Summit site. The presentation, with a detailed list of expected features, will be available for download shortly after the Summit ends.
Whether your focus is on traditional platform or tomorrow’s technology, Red Hat has you covered.