Red Hat has announced the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.2. The release includes new features and enhancements since the 7.1 release to help with efficiency of systems.
With RHEL 7.2, improvements have been made to the platform’s underlying container support infrastructure, for instance improvements to OverlayFS and user namespaces have been made. As more companies begin to use the container functionality to containerize their own applications Red Hat says RHEL 7.2 “can help enterprises feel more confident”.
There have been several new features included in this release, they include:
– A new SCAP module in the anaconda installer which allows enterprise customers to apply SCAP-based security profiles during installation.
– Ability to encrypt systems at scale with centralised management.
– RHEL 7.2 beta also brings support for DNSSEC for DNS zones managed by Identity Management (IdM) as well as federated identities, these allow users to access resources using one set of digital credentials.
To bring a more efficient experience to users, Red Hat have included the following new features and enhancements:
– Better processor allocation for tasks that require dedicated processor time. Demanding tasks are usually assigned to a dedicated processor, with the introduction of on-demand vmstat workers in the kernel more efficient CPU sharing and resource balancing.
– Users can now remotely manage local disk data security based on network identity, making the task easier and more secure.
– Enhancements to the storage management API, it now provides a vendor agnostic mechanism to query disk health and RAID configuration management.
– The introductions of conntrack-tools for better network connection tracking.
– A new web UI for ‘Performance Co-Pilot’ helping admins better analyse their network and system performance.
– A new tooling aid to help diagnostics and allows sys admins to easily gather key I/O metrics for device mapper devices.
Much of the upstream software such as GNOME 3 and other GNOME software has also been updated in this release to a later stable version.
The beta release for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 was released last December with a final release arriving three months later in March this year. If the same time frame is to be expected this time around we might see the 7.2 release around early December.