With the CentOS Linux end-of-life quickly approaching and the CentOS Project now working on the future of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), organizations need to be decisive about their Linux infrastructure. To help make these decisions easier, Red Hat has built even greater flexibility into RHEL subscriptions, making the leading enterprise Linux platform an even more attractive option for migrating legacy CentOS Linux workloads.

Here are 5 reasons to consider converting your CentOS Linux servers to RHEL today:

1. Red Hat Insights

Red Hat Insights, which is included when you choose RHEL, can analyze the platforms and applications you use and help you predict potential security and performance risks and upcoming subscription expiration, as well as help manage your costs. With Insights, you can better prevent service outages, over-expenditure and potential vulnerabilities before they occur. That means you and your team get to spend time delivering new features and inventing new solutions instead of searching for upcoming maintenance requirements.

2. Get immediate updates for a decade

You've probably already enjoyed the updates provided by RHEL, because Red Hat has always been the source for CentOS Linux updates. However, if you were getting those updates from the CentOS Linux community, they've been delayed. When you run RHEL, you get the same great updates, but you get them as soon as Red Hat releases them. Better yet, you get those updates for a decade.

Red Hat supports RHEL for 10 years by default and provides a tool for in-place upgrades to simplify the process of moving to a newer version. Should you require support of your current version beyond the 10 years, there's an Extended Lifecycle Support (ELS) add-on you can purchase for the systems that need it.

3. Expert authoritative knowledge

Nobody knows enterprise Linux like Red Hat does. When your team members, online forums and your local Linux user group are stumped, a Red Hat subscription gives you access to Red Hat's unparalleled expertise. There are varying levels of support contracts to suit your business, culminating with enterprise-grade support providing a specialty team available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tapping into Red Hat's support system is like adding a dedicated team of experts to your existing resources.

4. Training and certification

If you're looking for ways to upskill yourself or members of your staff, you can try Red Hat's training and certification courses. While it's true that Linux training and certification can apply to CentOS Linux and other similar distributions, you can maximize your return by using the same distribution at work as the one you're trained on in the classroom. Whether you're looking to boost your knowledge as a sysadmin, architect, developer, cloud admin or engineer, Red Hat's training and certification courses enable you to further your knowledge on the most trusted enterprise Linux distribution.

5. Reliability

Aside from all the automated assistance, expert knowledge and support you get with RHEL, you also benefit from being the end user of a more reliable and well-tested operating system. Part of the community Linux experience is that you get to stress test the latest releases of your preferred distribution, but that's the last thing you want when you're running systems that your business relies on. When you start up a server, you're making a contract with the clients you serve and your reputation is on the line. With RHEL, you've got a solid foundation you can build that reputation on.

Switch to RHEL

Converting your CentOS Linux systems to RHEL is easier than ever with the Convert2RHEL tool and less expensive with this new offer. Contact Red Hat sales or a certified Red Hat partner today, and make the switch!