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[rhelv5-announce] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 now available



We announced today the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1
which provides our customers with more flexibility, efficiency and
control of their data center.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 is the first service pack since the
release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.  As with every service pack,
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 consolidates all patches and security
updates since the introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and
maintains application compatibility, ISV and IHV support.

Already the established leader as both a virtual machine guest and
hypervisor host, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 introduces new
features that solidify Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the standard
operating system platform for the enterprise.  To that end, this
service pack:

* Sets a new SpecVirt record in multi-core scaling due to its
  reduced overhead of networking and storage.  It also brings more
  control to managing the virtual machine with enhanced resource
  management (cgroups) to ensure predictable performance of
  critical applications.

* Achieves better performance and provides more configuration
  options for advanced networking storage.  Enhancements to FCoE,
  Data Center Bridging and iSCSI offload allow networked storage to
  deliver the quality of service commonly associated with directly
  connected storage.

* Achieves more enterprise reliability with support for the latest
  availability features like hot-plug of processor and memory.

* Extends our current clustering solution (available with the High
  Availability Add-On) to the virtual environment allowing for
  high availability of virtual machines and applications running
  inside those virtual machines.

* Includes updated developer tools that allow you to inspect
  additional levels of processor memory with the help of Valgrind
  and learn more about running processes with SystemTap.  These
  enhancements have been integrated into the Eclipse IDE for a
  unified development experience.

* Provides an easier transition to IPv6 catered to optimized
  networking, firewall and DHCP/DNS services. This service pack
  also introduces several new technologies that enable smoother
  enterprise deployments and tighter integration with heterogeneous
  systems.

* Includes enterprise identity services based on the open source
  FreeIPA project to provide an authentication and authorization
  framework for large enterprise deployments.

* Introduces new certificate-based subscription management tools
  that provide customers with more visibility into what type of
  subscription they have purchased and what systems have been
  entitled to that subscription(s).

We are thankful to our partners and our customers who worked
closely with us to develop this high quality release, and look
forward to their continued collaboration in future releases.

Visit www.redhat.com/rhel/server/whats_new for more details.


The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team



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