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Red Hat Enterprise Linux

The foundation for your enterprise hybrid cloud

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® is the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform.* It’s an open source operating system (OS). It’s the foundation from which you can scale existing apps—and roll out emerging technologies—across bare-metal, virtual, container, and all types of cloud environments.

*Worldwide Operating Systems and Subsystems Market Shares, 2018; released November 2019

Red Hat Enterprise Linux at the edge

The upcoming availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4 expands support for edge deployments by using container images to improve deployment and management at the edge.

Expand to the edge

Red Hat Enterprise Linux extends your hybrid cloud infrastructure to the edge—across hundreds of thousands of nodes all over the world. Create edge-optimized OS images, minimize workload interruptions caused by OS updates, transfer system updates more efficiently, and have confidence in automatic health checks and rollbacks.

Combat intrusions and control compliance

Administrators can set up algorithmic criteria using system-wide security policies so apps automatically use the appropriate cryptographic package. And each subscription comes with Red Hat Insights, a predictive IT analytics service that identifies potential issues before they become problems.

Red Hat Insights

Migrate or upgrade to the latest version

Run purpose-built command line utilities to automate many inventory and remediation steps associated with upgrading your subscription or migrating from another Linux distro. Our consultants can also help operationalize any upgrade or migration, even from non-Linux distros.

Multiplatform support

As the most deployed commercial Linux distribution in the public cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is certified on hundreds of public cloud and service providers as well as thousands of other types of software and hardware.

Subscription exclusives

A Red Hat subscription offers production-ready code, life-cycle management, software interoperability, and access to experts and tools to help you run your business. Existing customers can take advantage of security, performance, and automation support immediately.

Open source innovation

Get supported access to open source innovation. As a top contributor to the Linux kernel and hundreds of subsystems, we represent your requirements upstream and return with stable innovations.

Product compatibility

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is interoperable with many products—from Red Hat and other vendors—to solve business problems.

We support Red Hat Enterprise Linux on multiple architectures—from IBM Power servers and IBM Z mainframes to Arm microchips that power cloud workloads—so you can choose the right hardware for the right workload. All while using a single OS with a standardized experience.

We expanded our alliance beyond Microsoft SQL Server to help developers run container-based apps on Microsoft Azure. It means more choice and flexibility for your hybrid cloud and database deployments.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Applications and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions optimizes our infrastructure for your SAP applications.

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It starts with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Every technology within your IT stack needs to work well together. Because those connections rely on the OS, it has to be consistent, reliable, and flexible. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is all of these and more—the common link connecting modern IT.

See who relies on Red Hat Enterprise Linux


Access application streams from the command line

In this guided learning scenario, experience the benefits of providing multiple app versions.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Technical Overview (RH024)

Learn the technical basics of Red Hat Enterprise Linux through these no-cost, on-demand videos.

Work in the web console

Experience the user-friendly management system in this guided learning scenario.

RHCSA Rapid Track Course (RH199)

Combine Red Hat System Administration I (RH124) and II (RH134) into a single accelerated course.

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux advantage

Red Hat subscriptions give you access to open source communities and networks of customers and suppliers.

Understanding Linux

Learn what Linux is, why there are so many Linux distributions, and what the difference is between an open source operating system and an enterprise open source operating system.

Training and certification