Red Hat and IBM Ratchet-Up Linux Partnership
Red Hat’s recent announcement of its Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta noted that the new OS provides a variety of enhancements and innovations, including support for Ceph userspace components, Docker v1.2, FreeOTP (a two-factor authentication application) and OpenLMI (a standardized remote API), plus improved interoperability with Windows file and print services.
But Red Hat also announced that Enterprise Linux 7.1 will support POWER8 on IBM Power Systems (based on little endian) enabling the porting and migration of x86-based Linux applications with little or even no rewriting or recompiling. That’s a pretty big deal on its own, but add to that the newly announced support of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for IBM Power Systems and you have the potential for a game change in the way IBM customers use and benefit from Linux.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.