Linux

Why choose Red Hat for Linux?

Every technology in your IT stack needs to work together. And the workloads need to be portable and scalable across bare metal servers, virtual machines, containers, and private and public clouds. They need a modern, security-oriented operating system (OS). That OS is Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

With a standard OS underlying your workloads, you can easily move them across environments—where it makes sense for your business. Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives you a consistent, stable foundation across hybrid cloud deployments, along with built-in manageability and integration with the broader Red Hat management and automation portfolio.

With thousands of certified hardware, software, and cloud solutions, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is your foundation for innovation, offering the latest stable development tools, container technologies, hardware, and cloud advancements.


Certified in the cloud

According to Gartner, "The landscape of cloud adoption is one of hybrid clouds and multiclouds. By 2020, 75% of organizations will have deployed a multicloud or hybrid cloud model."

Every cloud is unique. That means you need a flexible—but stable—OS. 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. We even designed a container platform, Red Hat OpenShift, so you can build, deploy, and scale cloud-native applications in public clouds—allowing you to confidently implement the cloud strategy that works for you.


Security and compliance

A more secure datacenter begins with the operating system. Red Hat Enterprise Linux has built-in security features such as Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) and mandatory access controls (MAC) to help you combat intrusions and meet regulatory compliance. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is also Common Criteria and FIPS 140-2 certified, as well as being the first Linux container framework support to be Common Criteria-certified (v7.1).

Using a supported, enterprise open source OS, 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 vulnerabilities become problems. Red Hat has dedicated teams of experts verifying those fixes and deploying patches without interrupting your applications, like those that helped handle Meltdown and Spectre a few years ago.


Support for emerging technologies

Our latest Linux release—Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8—helps tie together the systems that lead to emerging technologies. 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 tomorrow. 


Extended life cycle support

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

Receive continued access to advocacy and innovation through the award-winning Red Hat Customer Portal, our expert support team, and within the global open source community.


Red Hat and open source

Red Hat is one of the leading contributors to the Linux kernel and associated technologies in the greater open source community. Red Hat engineers help improve features, reliability, and security to make sure your infrastructure performs and remains stable—no matter your use case and workload.

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.


The Red Hat Enterprise Linux customer advantage

Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers will gain economic advantages of more than $1 trillion this year, just because of the OS. Plus our partners―from hardware vendors to certified professionals―will earn 20x more than we do. 

IDC discovered these numbers and more in a 2019 study "The Economic Impact of Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Trillions, Yes, Trillions of Dollars." Learn what else our flagship operating system does for its ecosystem and why it’s the world's leading enterprise Linux platform. 


Everything you need to run and manage Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Logo

The consistent foundation across hybrid cloud deployments—powering the apps that run your business—with support for all major hardware platforms and thousands of apps.

Red Hat Satellite Logo

The easiest way to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux, keeping your systems running efficiently, properly secured, and compliant with various standards.

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A secure, scalable, Linux-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform for building public and private clouds.