Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription benefits

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® is provided on a subscription basis. Subscriptions take the pain out of purchasing software because they give you everything in one all-inclusive price. There are no Client Access Licenses. No support incident limits. No unbudgeted upgrade costs. No hidden charges.

All subscriptions include:

Enterprise software

Get continuous access to Red Hat software as it's created, tested, and certified by Red Hat and its partners—all supported versions in both binary and source form, including all security updates and bug fixes.


Subscriptions are not tied to a specific version, or architecture. So you can:

  • Upgrade your system hardware with no penalty.

  • Upgrade to any supported version of Red Hat software.

  • Deploy on physical, virtual, or cloud-based servers with ease.


Robust security

Keep your systems secure through our industry-leading Security Response Team. This team works with Red Hat customers, Red Hat partners, security watchdog groups, and the global open source community to identify security vulnerabilities. To date, our Security Response Team has delivered fixes for more than 98% of critical vulnerabilities within 1 calendar day of being identified.


Hardware and software certifications

Red Hat maintains relationships with thousands of software and hardware vendors to certify the performance of the applications your business relies on. With your Red Hat subscription, you gain access to this ecosystem—one of the largest technology certification ecosystems in the world, with more than 4,000 product certifications to date and more being added every day. No derivative of Red Hat Enterprise Linux enjoys these certifications and third-party support.

Production and development support

Access award-winning Red Hat technical support up to 24 hours a day globally. Because every Red Hat support engineer is, at a minimum, a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) or an experienced middleware support engineer, you can be confident working with someone who will quickly understand your issues.


World-class expertise

Access Red Hat's Customer Portal for integrated access to all of the features of your subscription. You can:

  • Manage your subscriptions.

  • Access the extensive Red Hat Knowledgebase.

  • Engage with Red Hat and our partners.

  • Find case studies and reference architectures to help you get the most from your Red Hat solutions.



Cut costs by standardizing on a single, stable platform from the industry's leading open source vendor. Each release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is supported and maintained for up to 10 years with full backward compatibility. Each release of JBoss® Enterprise Middleware is supported and maintained for up to 5 years.


Intellectual property assurance

Increase confidence through Red Hat's intellectual property assurance program, which provides certain safeguards in the event of a legal claim while you have a Red Hat subscription.


Cost advantages

Because Red Hat delivers software and services via a subscription, there are:

  • No license costs.

  • No upgrade fees.

  • No additional maintenance fees.

  • No per-incident support costs.

  • No user access fees.


Simply maintain one active subscription per resource running Red Hat software to take advantage of all the value we provide.