Red Hat scales up Enterprise Linux

Red Hat scales up Enterprise Linux

Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. has increased the number of hardware architectures for its open-source operating system and has boosted performance with databases and other large applications.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 includes the Native Posix Threading Library to speed up large multithreaded applications, said Michael Ferris, a program manager for the Raleigh, N.C., company.

The new OS comes in three editions, dubbed WS for desktops and workstations, ES for midrange servers and AS for large servers. The WS and ES editions are designed for one- or two-way systems, while AS scales up to 16 processors, 64G of memory and 256 SCSI devices. WS platforms cannot act as Domain Name System or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol servers.

The Linux distribution runs on seven processor architectures:

  • Intel x86 and Itanium

  • AMD64 architecture from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.

  • IBM zSeries, iSeries, pSeries and S/390 platforms.

  • Red Hat will certify more than 350 third-party applications for Enterprise Linux 3 over the next few months, Ferris said.

    Buyers get a one-year subscription to the Red Hat Network for updates. Enterprise Linux 3 ranges from $179 for the workstation edition to $18,000 for the AS edition with 24-hour support services in addition to the network subscription.

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