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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

The intelligent OS for hybrid cloud

Migrate workloads across environments with the operating system (OS) engineered for the hybrid cloud. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 gives organizations a consistent OS across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. It provides version choice, long life-cycle commitments, a robust ecosystem of certified hardware, software, and cloud partners, and now comes with built-in management and predictive analytics.

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Support for emerging technologies

Choice leads to innovation, but tying together the right hardware architectures, microchip components, and container platforms to effectively deploy emerging technologies requires the right enterprise-grade Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is supported across architectures and environments, so you have a consistent and stable OS that adapts along the way to machine learning, predictive analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing, and big data workloads.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 provides support for the latest hardware innovations like the NVIDIA GPUs, which can assist machine learning workloads. Many popular servers from our OEM partners include NVIDIA GPUs that provide advanced workload acceleration capabilities. These hardware solutions are often used to accelerate machine learning frameworks such as TensorFlow, Caffe2, PyTorch, and Apache MXNet, and are certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. GPU support provides more choices for developing and running both traditional and containerized apps.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 lowers the barrier to adoption of emerging technologies. From providing system-level drivers that enable deployment and management of GPUs to running some of the largest intelligent supercomputers in the world, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 delivers proven infrastructure for solving the most complex AI challenges.


An enterprise edge solution starts with a solid foundation. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 provides the security, reliability, and performance demanded by modern edge workloads. You can simplify deployment and operation, enable workload portability, and reduce IoT complexity, by standardizing on a single operating system across the datacenter, cloud, and gateways. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 includes boot and runtime security, advanced encryption, and network features to make edge architectures more secure.

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Container tools that give you choice

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 offers container tools that allow you to tailor your systems to find, run, build, and share containers with other Open Container Initiative (OCI) standards-compatible tools. With this increased choice and support for containerized applications, you can implement business solutions when and how you want.

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Use Podman for running containers.

Podman is a daemon-less command-line tool that lets you directly create and manage container images. By letting you work with containers without the need for a runtime environment, you can more tightly control the permissions granted to software components.

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Use Buildah for building containers.

Buildah is a build tool that gives you control over how image layers are committed and how data is accessed during builds. No container runtime is needed to use Buildah and root access is not required.

Buildah doesn’t include build tools within the image itself, which reduces the size of the images you build.

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Use Skopeo for finding and sharing containers.

Skopeo is a flexible utility that enables moving, signing, and verifying of images between registry servers and container hosts. You can use Skopeo to inspect images outside of your system.

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Streamline your process

Your apps never stop. Neither will your OS. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, you can spend more time delivering business value and less time manually managing the underlying infrastructure. Quickly on-board non-Linux users using the web console, easily update apps using application streams, and stay focused on compliance and security with the built-in controls of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

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Now, you can offer the apps that developers want, independent of OS releases. Use application streams to separate applications from the base OS so you can update apps without having to wait for the next major version of the operating system.

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The new web console provides a graphical, browser-based interface for managing your Red Hat Enterprise Linux system. With the web console, less experienced Linux users have the ability to administer local, remote, and virtual machines without using the command line.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux helps to improve identity management. Identity management components integrate with the web console to provide ease of single sign-on (SSO) and the management of individual hosts.

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Built-in security controls, like system-wide cryptographic policies with support for OpenSSL 1.1.1 and TLS 1.3, help maintain cryptographic compliance. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 also minimizes the attack surface by only deploying the packages you need to support your workload.

Security policy refinements for Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) mandatory access controls are part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

Proactively detect system issues and vulnerabilities regarding security, availability, performance, and scalability―and build a remediation plan―with Red Hat Insights, now included with a subscription.

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