Red Hat launches Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host

Latest version provides container host for ‘secure and reliable’ containerised applications

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Red Hat launches Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Totton: [The latest version] bridges innovative open technology with the stability and security required by the enterprise.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 8, 2015

Open-source solutions provider Red Hat today announced the launch of its Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host OS, which is designed to run "the next generation of applications with Linux containers".

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host provides all of the components necessary to easily package and run applications written for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 as containers," the company said in a statement.

The latest version is built around Red Hat's belief that container-based architecture will be more helpful to enterprises as next-generation applications are more commonly comprised of microservices. Resultant benefits will come from having "development and deployment flexibility and simplified maintenance, without sacrificing performance, stability, security, or the value of Red Hat's vast certified ecosystem", Red Hat argues.

"Twelve years ago, Red Hat delivered the first iteration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, taking a cutting-edge software technology and moulding it into the backbone that powers the enterprise, from the server to the cloud," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat.

"Today, with the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host, we are doing the same for Linux containers, bridging innovative open technology with the stability and security required by the enterprise. More than just an addition to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux portfolio, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host showcases the future of the enterprise application: a powerful, flexible application greater than the sum of its parts, and entirely fuelled by the power of open innovation."

Among the features added to version 7 are: atomic updating and rollback through an image-like update mechanism; container images in docker format that can be deployed and run as application containers; certification and support; and container orchestration at scale through Kubernetes, creating large-scale business applications from discrete services deployed in containers across clusters of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host.

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