Red Hat has managed to provide a safer operating system with its latest release in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.5 beta. The design is devised to provide a consistent foundation across hybrid cloud and productive and enhanced security, compliance, platform efficiency and manageability features. This latest addition to RHEL 7 family integrates not just x86 chips but also IBM Power, IBM System z, and ARM in its functioning.

Pioneering the fight against Meltdown and Spectre, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 also comes equipped with other features like:

  • Cloud and other remotely based hosting systems are made more secure and useful. Theses can more securely unlock Network Bound Disk Encrypted devices at boot-time, eliminating any untimely human intervention chances in boot processing.
  • The integration of Red Hat Ansible DevOpsAutomation with OpenSCAP which makes the automation of compliance issue remediation a better reality. . It also enables administrators to more efficiently scale policies across servers and clouds.
  • Accurate time stamping and synchronization needs with the addition of failover with bonding interfaces for Precision Time Protocol (PTP)and Network Time Protocol (NTP) are prompted by improvements carried over with compliance.

Another superficial provision introduced into the world of RHEL is the storage capability increase in the form of introduction of virtual data optimizer (VDO). The inline duplication and compression facilities inhabiting the technology help reducing the data redundancy in an exponential rate.

VDO opens a whole array of opportunities in saving bandwidth and storage space. Red Hat asserts that the introduction of VDO could help increase the storage capacity up to six times, in a RHEL 7.5 primary storage environment. This helps in: freeing up existing storage, cutting cost associated with offsite data replication, the extension to public block storage reduce the storage footprints by a whooping of 83 percent, cutting down hourly costs and monthly costs for active storage and snapshots storage respectively. All these advantages help you get some amazing storage solutions.

The new test RHEL is supremely advanced i sysadmin usability for Linux administrators, Windows administrators new to the platform, and developers seeking self-service capabilities. It does this with:

  • An improved cockpit administrator console which makes everything from storage, network, containers and service management easier.
  • Automated ‘’known good’’ bootable snapshot which helps speeding the recovery and rollback after patching.

Now that enough being said in praise for RHEL 7.5 you could download it and try out its advantages for yourself.  Still not convinced? Refer RHEL 7.5 release notes to know more about it.