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[rhelv6-announce] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta Now Available for Testing



In June, we announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, effectively raising the bar for enterprise IT infrastructure. Today, we are pleased to build on the successful launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 with the beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta delivers a number of enhancements and improvements, with an emphasis on ease-of-use, improved manageability, security, and performance.

Ease-of-Use and Improved Manageability
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 streamlined system administration and system configuration through the introduction of OpenLMI. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta enhances OpenLMI by adding new capabilities for managing storage and introducing support for thin provisioning in LVM (Logical Volume Manager). In addition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta makes it easy for system administrators to access Ceph block storage devices “out-of-the-box” thanks to the inclusion of Ceph userspace components and the Ceph RADOS Block Devices (RBD) kernel module. And, for environments where Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft Windows live under the same roof, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta also includes improved interoperability through the integration of Common Internet File System (CIFS) with SSSD, providing native access to Microsoft Windows file and print services without relying on Winbind.

Security
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta includes additional Identity Management (IdM) functionality through the provision of strong one-time password (OTP) authentication via LDAP and Kerberos protocols leveraging software tokens provided by FreeOTP (an open source alternative to Google Authenticator) and various hardware tokens (e.g. Yubico). The beta also introduces a new Certificate Authority (CA) management tool which makes it easy for customers using IdM to change a CA certificate and alter the trust chain.

Additional Application Deployment Options
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 enhanced application development, delivery, portability and isolation through increased Linux containers functionality, including Docker, across physical, virtual and cloud deployments as well as development, test, and production environments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta bolsters these capabilities by ensuring that customers have access to the latest Docker package (version 1.2) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform images available through the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Extras channel and Red Hat Customer Portal, respectively.

Performance
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta builds on a host of “out-of-the-box” performance management features and capabilities, like tuned and performance profiles. In addition, new locking mechanisms have been implemented in the kernel that improve processor efficiency for large systems with sizable NUMA nodes.

Additional Offerings
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta provides access to new real-time technology for workloads that require very precise and deterministic processing times. This capability is delivered via enhancements to the Linux kernel and additional userspace packages that can be overlayed on top of a stock Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta installation.

Finally, for customers using the IBM Power Systems platform as part of their datacenter infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta now includes support for POWER8 on IBM Power Systems (based on little endian). Running in little endian mode accelerates innovation on the Power platform by removing an application portability barrier and allowing customers utilizing the latest IBM Power Systems to leverage the existing ecosystem of Linux applications as developed for the x86 architecture.

For access to the documentation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta, including the release notes, please visit: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/

RED HAT ENTERPRISE LINUX 7.1 BETA AVAILABILITY
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta is now available in the Red Hat Customer Portal to all customers with an active Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription. To access and download Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta, please visit: https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/69/ver=/rhel---7/7.1%20Beta/x86_64/product-downloads

Sincerely,

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team


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