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Red Hat Enterprise Linux

A next-generation platform

Built for the modern datacenter

To put your enterprise in a position to win, you have to break down some walls. With Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, a platform with unparalleled stability and flexibility, you can reallocate your resources toward meeting the next challenges instead of just maintaining the status quo. This is why more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies choose Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Standardize on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and find out what's possible tomorrow, today.


  • Freedom through stability

    Business applications require a tested, proven, predictable platform. Red Hat Enterprise Linux frees you to deliver meaningful business results by providing exceptional reliability and military-grade security.

  • An ecosystem of solutions and support

    With a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription, you are connected to the industry's largest ecosystem of partners, customers, and experts that support and accelerate your success.

  • Confidence through flexibility

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives you the flexibility to tailor your infrastructure for business needs now and in the future. As markets shift and technologies evolve, you'll have the agility, adaptability, and performance to succeed.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server

The platform for your long-term IT strategy

Server overview

Whether you’re rolling out new applications, virtualizing environments, or creating an open hybrid cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server is the foundation you need to build your business.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server gives you 3 things:

  1. Stability that frees you to take on your biggest challenges
  2. Flexibility to do what’s most important in the future
  3. An extensive ecosystem that supports your success

Software certification

More than 9,000 applications are certified to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Is yours? Check now

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers military-grade security technologies to prevent intrusions and protect your data. From network firewall control to secure containers for application isolation, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of the most secure operating systems available.

You can secure applications with a common and comprehensive suite of technologies and policies across physical, virtual, and cloud deployments—all backed by Red Hat's global Security Response Team.

Application isolation and resource management

Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives you a set of essential tools to build and maintain highly available, high-performance storage solutions. Numerous file system options and a robust suite of storage management capabilities give you the flexibility to adapt and scale as your business grows.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux is ready to run your toughest workloads right out of the box, and a set of performance-optimized profiles and tuning utilities help you to tailor and align system behavior for your particular workloads.

As one of the highest-performing operating systems available, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is frequently chosen as the platform to run industry benchmarks that showcase leadership in diverse areas such as computational scalability, application performance, and database throughput.

System deployment and management

Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives system administrators a powerful framework to simplify both deployment processes and system configuration. A concise set of commands and intuitive graphical user interface mean that Red Hat Enterprise Linux helps you manage your infrastructure with ease.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux is compatible with heterogeneous systems, including UNIX and Microsoft Windows Server. Integration with Microsoft Active Directory and the identity management features within Red Hat Enterprise Linux make this possible. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Linux can be deployed as a guest operating system across public clouds and several supported hypervisors, further extending its flexibility.

Server variants and add-ons

Server variants

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for High-Performance Computing (HPC)
High-performance computing (HPC) users: Deploy clusters of systems to tackle the most challenging workloads. Subscriptions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux in clusters are affordable, easy to deploy, and support hardware scale-out.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for IBM Power
Deploy applications with confidence using the advanced features in IBM Power Systems and the consistency and flexibility of the market-leading Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating platform.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for IBM System z
Combine the core strengths of the IBM mainframe and IBM software with the open flexibility of Linux to reduce complexity and costs for today’s applications.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Business Applications
Reduce the complexity of your SAP application deployments. This variant includes the infrastructure software stack you need for the best possible operation of SAP apps, plus enterprise-class service and support.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for SAP HANA provides an open, reliable, and scalable foundation for your most demanding data solutions. This ready-to-use environment is preconfigured for performance and high availability, and is optimized for SAP HANA.

Server Add-Ons

High Availability
Red Hat's High Availability Add-On provides on-demand failover to make applications highly available.
Resilient Storage
Red Hat's Resilient Storage Add-On lets a shared storage or clustered file system access the same storage device over a network.
Smart Management
The Smart Management Add-On includes network and provisioning modules for use with Red Hat Satellite. It lets your organization easily manage and update Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.
Extended Update Support
Want to stay on a particular snapshot for an extended period of time? This Add-On extends the support period of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux update for 24 months and delivers overlapping release support to give enterprise customers more flexibility.

Desktop and workstation

Bring the power of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform to your desktop

Desktop and Workstation overview

IT managers value Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the robustness, security, stability, high performance, and scalability it delivers to their organizations. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation bring the power and innovation of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform to the desktop. Whether you’re a business user, developer, or systems administrator, there's an edition of Red Hat Enterprise Linux to meet your needs.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop lets users be productive with a complete set of user applications, including LibreOffice, a full office productivity suite with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database applications. And, with built-in Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization, users can run Windows and legacy Windows applications right on their Linux desktops.

For more information, visit the Red Hat Customer Portal

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation is designed for advanced Linux users working on more powerful systems. It's optimized for high-performance activities, like graphics, animation, and scientific computing. In addition to those capabilities and applications included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation delivers the deployment tools that make provisioning and administration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux desktops efficient and cost-effective.

For more information, visit the Red Hat Customer Portal

Services and support

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Invest in your or your team's skills

Our training courses are hands-on and role-based. This means students stay at their keyboards for up to 80% of a course, boosting the retention of skills they'll use every day. We offer several convenient ways to train and save, and training facilities around the world. Visit our student center to learn more.

Red Hat System Administration I (RH124)

Learn essential administration tasks that will be encountered in the workplace, including installing the operating system, establishing network connectivity, managing physical storage, and performing basic security administration.

Red Hat System Administration II (RH134)

Dive deeper into Red Hat Enterprise Linux to broaden your toolkits of administration skills. Learn to administer and troubleshoot file systems and partitioning, logical volume management, access control, and package management.

RHCE Rapid Track Course (RH299)

Fast-track to RHCE certification for senior Linux system administrators.

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Have what it takes? Prove it.

Employers notice Red Hat certifications. They know that to become Red Hat Certified Professionals, candidates must complete real-world tasks using our technologies—not just answer questions about them. Build your career by getting certified. We offer multiple exam locations and ways to train.

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)

Demonstrate the core system administration skills required in Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform environments.

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Rely on the experts

Let Red Hat Consulting help you successfully deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux. We offer flexible engagement models to help meet your IT goals. Have unallocated end-of-year budget? Consider using Consulting Units to secure resources you'll need in the upcoming year—without committing to a specific topic up front.

Platform migrations
Expert-guided migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
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Together, we can do more

Collaboration is a pillar of the open source community. And it's how Red Hat approaches support. We're here 24x7. Speak directly with Red Hat support engineers, or access our award-winning Red Hat Customer Portal online, any time.

We're listening

In keeping with the open source way, we like to keep the lines of communication open. So whether you're a customer or just interested in learning more, connect with us. We're eager to answer questions.

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Case studies


CRIS deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the underlying infrastructure for mission-critical systems, increasing scalability to support online ticket bookings.

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)

"Red Hat has provided exactly what we were looking for—technology that is easy to use, reliable and secure with a viable price point." - Michael Connolly, senior project manager, Raidió Teilifís Éireann

Cerner Corporation

The company migrated its database and application tier of Cerner Millennium to Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on HP ProLiant servers, producing a more stable and available system.

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Hardware Certification

Confidently run Red Hat software on your hardware

Red Hat's Hardware Certification Program ensures compatibility between Red Hat software products and hardware from industry-leading partners. In addition to hardware tests that verify compatibility, the program requires an active support relationship between Red Hat and the hardware partner. This relationship is your assurance that Red Hat and the certified hardware partner will work together to address issues should the need arise.

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