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Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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

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What is Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is an enterprise Linux operating system, certified on hundreds of clouds and with thousands of vendors. Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a consistent foundation across environments and the tools needed to deliver services and workloads faster for any application. Red Hat Enterprise Linux reduces deployment friction and costs while speeding time to value for critical workloads, enabling development and operations teams to innovate together in any environment.

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Features and benefits

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.

Why run our OS at the edge?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux at the edge

Red Hat Enterprise Linux takes a practical, 3-point approach to addressing security challenges: Mitigate, secure, and comply. Built-in security features help you defend against threats and stay in compliance with regulatory requirements.
Learn about these features and what makes Red Hat Enterprise Linux equipped to handle security and compliance for your enterprise.

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Run purpose-built command line utilities to automate many inventory and remediation steps associated with upgrading your subscription or migrating from another Linux distro. Migrating from CentOS Linux? New programs simplify access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for your organization.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux migration overview

Organizations that depend on SAP to manage their business are faced with the challenge of migrating traditional workload applications to today's SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA environments by SAP's 2027 deadline. Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions combines the reliability, scalability, and performance of Linux with technologies that meet the specific requirements of SAP workloads.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux supports the ability to deploy and run applications anywhere—from physical and virtual, to private and public clouds—by delivering the consistent operating foundation needed for modern IT and enterprise hybrid cloud deployments.

How Red Hat Enterprise Linux supports hybrid cloud

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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.

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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.

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Outcomes of using Red Hat Enterprise Linux


Stability in future-ready infrastructure

The operating system (OS) is the foundation of your architecture. By starting with an OS that runs anywhere, you can support your current and future requirements. Building on Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a strategic decision that provides consistency across environments and stability as things change in the future.

With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you can run new applications on a consistent foundation, maintain legacy systems, and enhance security by addressing vulnerabilities and mitigating threats.

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Consistent platform for development

Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives you the stability and consistency that you need for development, and can run on any infrastructure and any cloud.

When you develop on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it means your applications are developed on the same platform where they’ll be tested and deployed. As a developer, you’ll have the same stable and trusted platform that operations has adopted, plus the ability to use the latest tools and technologies that you need for application development.

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Standardize on Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the proven Linux foundation for your open hybrid cloud infrastructure—from bare metal to virtual machines (VMs), edge computing, private cloud, and public clouds—and it runs on thousands of certified hardware and cloud vendor technologies.

Standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux across your IT infrastructure improves security, eases operational burdens, and reduces costs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux’s consistent and stable administrative experience streamlines deployment and management of the OS by automating manual tasks, workflows, and administration.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 now available

The latest version adds new and enhanced capabilities to help organizations scale from the datacenter and public clouds to the edge and beyond.

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A shared technological foundation

Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud strategy is built on the technological foundation of Linux®, containers, and automation. An open hybrid cloud approach gives you the flexibility to run your applications anywhere you need them.

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Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform lets you automate compliance and gain consistency ​across your Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments.

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Red Hat OpenShift

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the proven foundation for Red Hat OpenShift, certified on thousands of hardware and cloud vendor technologies. This means the security, performance, interoperability, and innovation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is extended throughout your infrastructure to provide a single platform that can run wherever you need it.

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

How our customers use Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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UPS created a container-based application platform that enables developers to more efficiently create new features for operations logistics and staffing.

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Lufthansa Technik used hybrid cloud infrastructure to build a digital platform that uses data to better organize and schedule airline maintenance.

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Tomago Aluminium improved development efficiency, consolidated its server footprint, and enhanced system and data security by migrating its SAP solution.

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