As the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is widely trusted across industries and by customers around the world to provide a modern foundation that can support any application, any environment, anywhere.
According to IDC research, IT organizations using Red Hat Enterprise Linux were expected to have saved US$6.7 billion in 2019 alone. IT executives responding to IDC’s global survey found that Red Hat Enterprise Linux provided business benefits for most workloads—an increase in revenues, a decrease in expenses, or an increase in employee productivity.
- Reducing the annual cost of software by 52%.
- Reducing the amount of time IT staff spend on tasks by 25%.
- Reducing costs associated with unplanned downtime by 5%.1
As one of the most widely deployed Linux platforms within enterprises, many IT organizations run legacy versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 5 and 6. As of November 2020:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will no longer have Extended Lifecycle Support (ELS).
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will enter product retirement and require ELS.
This means that bug fixes, security fixes, hardware enablement, or root-cause analysis that has been provided for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 under ELS will cease, potentially putting business-critical workloads at risk. Recognizing the importance of maintaining systems to avoid security, operational, and compliance issues, IBM and Red Hat have jointly introduced a set of services, provided by a qualified team of subject matter experts, to help you efficiently migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and 8.