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Explore the differences and similarities between the Hosted, Proxy, and Red Hat® Network Satellite options for Red Hat Network (RHN).


 

Feature

Function

Benefit

Hosted

Proxy1

Satellite1

Simple web UI

Intuitive web interface simplifies systems management.

You don't have to rely on command-line knowledge, and you can also string together multiple requests through a single action on the web UI.

x

x

x

Introductory API access layer

Write command-line scripts or use scripted information from other applications to easily integrate RHN into your existing infrastructure.

Easily integrate RHN into an existing infrastructure or into future tools.

x

x

x

Hosted database repository

Information about your systems, policies, and profiles is stored and hosted by the RHN database.

Get started quickly and with minimal investment in infrastructure to run RHN.

x

x

Satellite uses local database (see below).

Custom channels

Create custom channels (either OS or third-party RPM-based applications) for distribution through RHN.

Set up staged environments and distribute third-party software applications through a single delivery mechanism.

 

x

x

Local package caching

Content is cached locally on your network for faster downloads and easier distribution.

Reduces bandwidth usage because servers pull locally rather than having to download the entire ISO or errata to each machine over the public Internet. Also enhances speed.

 

x

x

Single port access

Manage all your outbound and inbound connections between RHN and your systems through a single system port.

Enhances security of your infrastructure and makes network traffic easier to manage.

 

x

x

Local database repository

All information about your systems, policies, and profiles is stored locally on your infrastructure.

None of your data now passes over the public Internet, guaranteeing you the highest level of safety and protection.

 

 

x

Channel cloning and management tools

Easily create, clone, or customize your own channels with our channel management tools.

Set up staged environments (dev, test, stage, prod) or easily create new custom channels from a cloned base.

 

 

x

Channel permissions

Create custom channels and then assign management permissions to each of them.

Allows your organization to distribute the maintenance of channels to different groups, while keeping security guidelines in place.

 

 

x

Errata cloning and management

Easily create, clone, or customize your own errata. Very useful for enterprise customers with multiple environments (either physical or logical) that require customized information or packages in their errata.

Create your own errata for your own custom packages and channels, or alter the existing errata to provide specific information to different groups.

 

 

x

Complete off-network capability

Take RHN off the public Internet for complete security. Please contact Red Hat for details; a Global Professional Services consulting engagement will be required.

Run RHN in a completely secure environment, disconnected from any public Internet.

 

 

x

Bare-metal Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) boot provisioning2

Kick-start systems in tandem with PXE boot images.

Instantly and easily deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux® onto new and existing hardware in your infrastructure.

 

 

x

Integrated network install tree2

Store all default boot images, network install trees, and packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux—all integrated with your complete RHN solution.

Easily deploy your own customized Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based distribution.

 

 

x

Configuration management profiles2

Store configuration management profiles in an integrated directory for easier deployment.

Allows simple deployment, verification, and restoration of configuration files for your production systems.

 

 

x

Notes

  1. Proxy and Satellite require Management module functionality.
  2. Requires Provisioning module entitlements.