Linux Platforms

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, 2017; released May 2018

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Beta

Don’t just contribute to the upstream project. Help guide the next minor release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Download the latest beta, and tell us what you think.

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
Web console

Conquer complexity with integrated management

Built-in management components include a user-friendly web console and application streams, which lets you offer multiple app versions to multiple users. Pair Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat Smart Management to control your standard operating environments—on-site and across clouds.

Deploy containers on their native OS

Develop apps faster by running Red Hat OpenShift® on containers’ native Linux OS. Build, manage, and share containers using open source tools that let you tailor systems alongside other Open Container Initiative standards-compatible tools.

Why containers

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.

Record-setting performance

Run the toughest workloads with 99.999% uptime. As a 17-time world record holder, Red Hat Enterprise Linux powers some of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

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 z System 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

Training and certification

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A Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project geared toward working with the Linux community to build a complete, open source, general-purpose OS.



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