It has been four years since Red Hat released its Enterprise Linux 7 that redefined the operating system. Since then the world of information technology has undergone massive transformation. It seems that Red Hat is driven to stay at the top of the competition as it has not stopped to evolve with the digital transformation.
Red Hat today announced its release of Beta version of the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. The announcement was made on the official Red Hat Blog. The release has come owing to the need of ‘a common foundation that can span every footprint, from the datacenter to multiple public clouds, enabling organizations to meet every workload requirement and deliver any app, everywhere.’
With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta the main focus has been placed over building a shared foundation for both current and emerging arenas of enterprise IT. It will also enable IT teams to achieve better optimization and extract additional benefits from current technological investments and assistance in bridging demands for innovation along with productivity and stability.
The Beta version boasts of several improvements and various new features are included with additional capabilities for helping the platform assist in digital transformation and ‘fuel hybrid cloud adoption without disrupting existing production systems.’
Some of the major features included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta are application streams, more efficient networking, better security, Linux containers, and more sophisticated data management, along with many others.
Here is a brief account of all the updated features:
Perhaps one of the best added features to the Beta release is that of application streams that will now help deliver userspace packages in a simpler and more flexible way. It means quicker updates for userspace components without needing to wait for next version of an OS.
This version supports more efficient Linux networking in containers through IPVLAN. Also includes a new TCP/IP stack with Round-trip propagation time and Bandwidth congestion control.
As with all the other versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Linux 8 Beta also brings better security and hardened code for enterprise users. A more secure by default OS foundation across hybrid cloud is one of the major focuses of this version. It also supports both TLS 1.3 and OpenSSL 1.1.1 which enables server applications to use latest standards for the cryptographic protection of customer data.
Improved File Storage
Stratis has been included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta which is a volume-managing file system and provides sophisticated data management. File System Snapshots are there for provision of a faster way of conducting file-level tasks such as cloning of virtual machines, while saving space through consuming new storage only when data changes.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta has been made available for users to experience. Existing subscribers and customers are invited and encouraged to test this version so that they can see how they deploy applications with better flexibility, better confidence and more control.
Details on how to download and install this software can be read here.