Today there's no question that Linux, and open source, belongs at the heart of enterprise IT
20 years ago, though, Linux was the underdog and it took a lot of faith to bet big workloads on Linux. Red Hat had the confidence that it could bring Linux into the enterprise, and delivered on it with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
Roughly 20 years ago we released the first version of RHEL, which we initially called Red Hat Advanced Server. Because 1.0 and .0 versions were always seen as iffy, Red Hat started with version 2.1 and embarked on an adventure few would have thought possible.
Early days: From server closet to supported hardware to major workloads
These days you can be fairly confident that server hardware is going to work with Linux. That wasn't the case 20 years ago. One thing that RHEL brought to the table early on for enterprise Linux was a list of certified hardware you could count on working with Linux, and a stable platform for software vendors.
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.
- 2022 Red Hat Innovation Awards
- The Fast Mode - Red Hat Integrates its OpenShift with Kaloom's Unified Edge Fabric
- Command Line Heroes - Ruthless Ransomers
- The Enterprisers Project - Enterprise Open Source: 4 Priorities for CIOs
- Summit is Next Week!
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Red Hat Insights is a managed service that gathers and analyzes platforms and applications' data to predict risk, recommend actions, and track costs.
Insights alerts administrators with warnings and/or optimizations covering the domains of operations (e.g. an outage is about to occur), security (e.g. a new CVE is discovered for your systems), and business (e.g. overspending is happening). Insights is included as part of your Red Hat subscription, and is accessible through Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console.
For those users who try to reduce management tools proliferation, Red Hat Insights offers multiple ways of integrating and/or querying its data.
This can be used to consolidate an existing configuration management database (CMDB), feed a unified monitoring or observability solution, or even trigger the creation of support tickets with relevant data in an IT service management (ITSM) platform. There are lots of options when it comes to integrating, and how you want to embed Insights into your operational workflow is often unique to your organization.
SAP HANA is SAP's in-memory database (DB) that has been around since 2010. It is used as the backbone of their main applications like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Business Warehouse (BW), or as a standalone application since it incorporates many features that are useful for Big Data and analytics.
There are other databases (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, MaxDB and Sybase) on which SAP applications can run, but starting in 2027 customers wishing to maintain regular support will have to migrate to the new ERP suite, SAP S/4HANA. The suite only runs on SAP HANA, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is one of two supported platforms for the database.
All of SAP's applications are critical since they sit at the core of the company, and SAP HANA is especially resource demanding. Given this criticality, IT departments need to drive the highest levels of security and performance for the SAP ecosystem to limit impact on the company's operations.
We're pleased to announce the launch of our redesigned Red Hat Customer Portal homepage.
The previous design served our customers well, but we saw the potential to clarify available content, highlight special announcements and updates more flexibly, and offer more personalized content to logged-in users.
- The search feature is prominently placed on the homepage so you can quickly find helpful content.
- New users without an account can easily register or recover a lost password.
- Logged-in users are presented with a list of next steps to help them be successful with their subscriptions.
- Trending content is surfaced so you can easily engage with community discussions.
- Snapshots of support cases and subscriptions are displayed for logged-in users.
Why redesign the homepage?
Of the two million visitors per year to the Red Hat Customer Portal homepage, data shows that people most often navigate to support, subscriptions, or product content. By placing links to product documentation front and center, we have improved discoverability, enhanced the onboarding experience, and created personalized paths more closely aligned with your goals. The new design provides you with direct access to content that will help you solve product issues quickly.
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