Red Hat launches Enterprise Linux 9

Red Hat launches Enterprise Linux 9

Designed for edge and multi-cloud computing, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 drives consistent, manageable innovation wherever it’s deployed – from the data center to the cloud to the edge. […]

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is the first version based on the development platform CentOS Stream, the Linux distribution around Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This approach helps the ecosystem of partners, customers, and independent users to provide feedback, code, and feature updates for the enterprise Linux platform.

IDC predicts that “by 2023, 40% of G2000 companies will transition their cloud selection processes to focus on business outcomes rather than IT requirements, leveraging access to vendors’ portfolios from device to edge and from data to ecosystem”. For Red Hat, this means that a standardized platform that covers all these areas and offers a usage opportunity optimized for innovation and production stability is crucial. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is designed to meet these requirements and enable operations teams and developers to implement new initiatives without moving away from existing workloads or systems.

A universal platform for consistent innovation

Customers can use Red Hat Enterprise Linux wherever and however it makes sense for their individual operational requirements – with consistent availability and deployment options on the most important cloud marketplaces. Existing customers can migrate Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to the cloud of their choice with Red Hat Cloud Access. In addition, any customer who wants to access the scalability and performance of the public cloud can use the platform on-demand with the most important cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

The platform also covers the edge area. As the demand for edge computing continues to grow and forecasts predict a market volume of more than a quarter of a trillion US dollars by 2025 (3), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 contains important extensions that are specifically designed to meet the evolving IT requirements in the edge area. These include

  • comprehensive edge management, delivered as a service, to monitor and scale remote deployments with security and control features, including zero-touch provisioning, health checks, and rapid vulnerability remediation – all from a single interface
  • an automatic rollback of containers with Podman, the built-in container management technology of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which can automatically detect when an updated container cannot be started, and then roll back the container to the previous working version.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 also highlights Red Hat’s efforts to provide key features of the operating system as services, starting with a new image builder service. The service supports the existing capabilities of the core platform and image creation for custom file systems and major cloud providers and virtualization technologies, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and VMware.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 will be generally available via the Red Hat Customer Portal and the marketplaces of the major cloud providers in the coming weeks. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is also available through the free Red Hat Developer program, which gives developers access to software, tutorial videos, demos, introductory manuals, or documentation.

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