Red Hat Releases Linux 7.2 to Boost Network Performance and Deployment of Container-Based Applications

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 29, 2015

RALEIGH, NC: Redefining the enterprise operating system and emphasizing on the development and deployment of Linux container-based applications, Red Hat announces the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 with new features and capabilities that focus on security, network and system administration.

The latest enterprise-ready tool consists of OpenSCAP Anaconda plug-in that ensures a secure start for system deployment by using SCAP based security and configuration analysis during the installation process. OpenSCAP is an implementation of the Security Content Automation Protocol to analyze a system for security compliance. The Red Hat Identity Management system (IdM) now also supports DNSSEC for DNS zones as DNSSEC extends DNS to provide a secure resolution.

The Red Hat Linux 7.2 features improved networking performance with throughput doubled in many network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) cases. The kernel networking subsystem is enhanced to make the packet processing time better thereby allowing the tool to perform at physical line rates in advanced virtual and containerized workloads. The Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) is included to rapidly develop low-latency and high throughput custom applications that are capable of direct packet processing in NFV. The introduction of a new bifurcated driver allows applicants to be hosted on the same system; therefore consolidating physical hardware.TCP (DCTCP) is added as a feature to solve TCP congestion issues in data centers across Windows and Red hat Enterprise Linux-based hosts in an effort to maximize throughput and efficiency.

To deliver a more streamlined system administration experience, the latest offering also includes improved tools that help administrators to create local backups in ISO format. These backups can be centrally archived and replicated remotely for simplified disaster recovery operations.

The Red Hat Insights is an operational analytics service designed for proactive management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments. The service will be available for up to 10 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 systems to help customers detect technical issues by analyzing infrastructure assets and identifying key risks and vulnerabilities through continuous monitoring and analysis. Red Hat Insights provides resolution steps to help IT managers and administrators respond to issues and potentially prevent future problems.

“Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 delivers new capabilities for containerized application deployments and significant networking enhancements while retaining our focus on delivering a stable, reliable and more secure platform for the most critical of business applications,” says Jim Totton, VP and General Manager, Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat.