Red Hat has beta released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.7 on May 5th, 2015, an update for the firm’s Enterprise Linux 6 operating system that provides monitoring capabilities for customers, security enhancements, and updated systems management. The new beta release is available on the Red Hat Network to all customers with an active Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription. The release will also provide updates to the RHEL 6 platform that was first released in 2010.
Although Red Hat has already launched RHEL 7, the company continues providing support for corporate users of older platforms under their 10-year life cycle policy. Enterprise Linux 6 is in Phase One of its life cycle, meaning users can expect software updates for some time to come. According to Red Hat, Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta’s enhanced functionality is intended to help organizations tailor their infrastructure for both the business needs of today and the IT challenges of tomorrow.
Improvements designed to boost security include an update to Performance Co-Pilot that brings monitoring tools and metric collectors, plus the inclusion of a Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Scanner and SCAP Workbench. Customers can also prepare to receive a performance boost via the Logical Volume Manager Cache feature supported in this update.
LVM Cache maximizes the benefits of high-speed storage and limits costs by allowing users to create logical volumes where a flash drive acts as a cache for a larger slower drive. With this release, Red Hat will help customers migrate workloads for deployment in RHEL 7 via an Enterprise Linux 6.7 base image. Customers will also have the option to migrate to the RHEL Linux 7 Atomic Host version.
Another notable new feature found in RHEL 6.7 is Clufter, an offline tool used to convert and cluster configuration files.
Red Hat has provided a full list of Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta’s capabilities and features on their website for anyone to see. Since RHEL 6.7 is in beta, a general availability date has not be confirmed.