Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Is Out

Red Hat, the world’s leading open source solutions provider, announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1, the first minor release of RHEL 7, which launched in June 2014. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 delivers key enhancements to Red Hat’s next-generation flagship platform, furthering the company’s mission to redefine the enterprise operating system.

Jim Tottonvice, the president and general manager, Redhat says:

The enhancements to the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform offered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1, as well as the new offerings based on the update, deliver a flexible, reliable, secure and performant platform that works across nearly every industry use case, from container adoption and rapid application development to time-sensitive trading applications and systems based on IBM Power Systems architecture.

RHEL 7.1 offers improved development and deployment tools, enhanced interoperability and manageability, and additional security and performance features. Also, these enhancements are delivered over a stable, secure, 10-year lifecycle backed by Red Hat’s award-winning global support.

Features at a glance

1. Manageability and Interoperability

  • Provides significant functionality for infrastructure that uses Active Directory.
  • The users don’t have to rely on winbind. Instead, RHEL 7.1 comes with CIFS with SSSD, so that the users can gain native access to MS Windows file and print services.
  • LVM now includes additional OpenLMI-based hooks to manage volume groups and thinly provisioned volumes.

2. Security and Access management

  • IdM, Identity management, provides the ability to implement strong one-time password (OTP) authentication through LDAP and Kerberos using software and hardware tokens.
  • IdM access control framework has been enhanced for better control over read/write permissions.

3. Development, deployment and performance

  • RHEL 7.1 ships with many new developer tools, especially for Linux Containers.
  • Ships with the latest OpenJDK 8 by default.
  • Supports higher processor and memory limits.

4. Additional Red Hat Enterprise Linux Offerings

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host offers a minimal-footprint, streamlined platform perfect for running Linux containers in an enterprise environment.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real Time retains the reliability, scalability, and performance of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, little endian brings Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 to enterprises using the IBM Power Systems platform with support for POWER8 on IBM Power Systems based on little endian.