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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 is one of the leading contributors to the Linux kernel and associated technologies in the greater open source community, and has been since the beginning. 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.

Red Hat also uses Red Hat products internally to achieve faster innovation, and a more agile and responsive operating environment.

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.

By adopting open source technologies like Red Hat Enterprise Linux, your company benefits from our open source development model and the principles that helped build these technologies.

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. 

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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.