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What most IT teams really want is an environment that supports a flexible, adaptable, resilient, and—above all—manageable technology strategy. The operating system can be the foundation that solidifies and unifies IT infrastructure and whatever environments it encompasses, and that’s where Red Hat Enterprise Linux comes in.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is an open source Linux operating system that provides the stability and consistency developers need, with the ability to run on any infrastructure and any cloud. When developers work on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, applications are developed on the same platform where they’ll be tested and deployed. Developers have the same stable and trusted platform that operations has adopted, plus the ability to use the latest tools and technologies needed for application development.

Your operating system is the platform that determines how you develop, deploy, and manage systems, as well as helping to determine how you react or pivot in a way that reflects your organization’s priorities and culture. 

Building on Red Hat Enterprise Linux lets you manage apps and services using the same tools across infrastructure footprints. When the operating system is flexible, consistent, and focused on security, the overall user environments inherit that consistency and security—providing a reliable IT foundation for your workloads.

Security and compliance

A more secure datacenter begins with the operating system. Mitigate the risk of a vulnerability by making security and compliance part of the infrastructure and application lifecycle from the beginning. Red Hat Enterprise Linux’s multilayer breach-defense capabilities include automated and repeatable security controls like the latest cryptographic standards and libraries, SELinux, and app listing. 

Automation and management

Spend more time on innovation and less on repetitive tasks. Red Hat Enterprise Linux creates a stable, consistent experience for automating and streamlining the deployment of workloads, while offering a combination of automated and repeatable workflows through included tools like an image builder, system roles, and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux web console.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides reliable performance for your applications across the open hybrid cloud, allowing you to identify, analyze, and tune your workload performance while you build apps. With the built-in TuneD profiles, you can tune your system for a variety of different use cases. Red Hat Enterprise Linux also provides backports to select upstream kernel performance improvements while enabling the same level of app compatibility and stability of the existing Linux kernel.

Container development tools

Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers integrated container development, runtime tools, and secure base images to provide the consistent yet flexible host you need to accommodate container adoption anywhere you choose to deploy. Red Hat even designed a container platform, Red Hat OpenShift, so you can build, deploy, and scale cloud-native apps in public clouds, allowing you to confidently implement the cloud strategy that works for your organization.

Cloud access

Every cloud is unique and that means you need a flexible but stable operating system. Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers the flexibility of open source code and the innovation of open source communities, along with certifications from hundreds of public cloud and service providers. No matter where or how you choose to deploy—on premise, in the cloud, in containers, or at the edgeRed Hat Cloud Access lets you use your subscription on Red Hat-certified public clouds.

The Red Hat Developer program provides easy access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as well as a vast ecosystem to help you build and deploy apps in the cloud. Our Universal Base Image (UBI) uses the same Red Hat Enterprise Linux core to streamline efforts as you expand into container development projects. Access to middleware and management products make it easier to deploy, use, and monitor applications. 

Using a supported, enterprise open source operating system like Red Hat Enterprise Linux means that thousands of developers are monitoring millions of lines of code in the Linux Kernel, finding flaws and developing fixes before mistakes become security risks and vulnerabilities become problems. Live patches and remediation are included, enabling you to focus on developing and deploying quickly on an OS you can trust. 

From containers, to automation and even artificial intelligence, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is created for innovators, made for developers, and engineered for operations. It’s designed for any enterprise and sets the stage for what you can do in the future.

A Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription helps you maintain critical applications for up to 10 years with deployment choices of major, supported versions and a commitment to preserve app stability with each minor update. 

With Red Hat, you get access to the benefits of open source for the enterprise—like community-driven upstream innovation—delivered with enterprise-level support to help your organization safely use open source technology. 

In terms of running and using applications, Red Hat is consistent regardless of the underlying infrastructure... Whatever underlying infrastructure you put it on, it's still Red Hat, which is great.


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What is Linux?

Linux is an open source operating system that is made up of the kernel, the base component of the OS, and the tools, apps, and services bundled along with it.


What is SELinux?

Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is a security architecture for Linux® systems that allows administrators to have more control over who can access the system.


What is the Linux kernel?

The Linux kernel is the main component of a Linux operating system (OS) and is the core interface between a computer’s hardware and its processes.

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