Red Hat and Amazon Make RHEL Available Online

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-11-07 Print this article Print

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is now available over the Internet.

On Nov. 7, Red Hat joined the cloud and software as a service market by announcing the beta availability of RHEL 5.1 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) on Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud).

EC2 is a Web service that provides resizable server capacity in the cloud. This collaboration makes all the capabilities of RHEL 5.1, including the Red Hat Network management service, technical support and over 3,400 certified applications, available to customers on Amazon's network infrastructure and data centers.
Together, RHEL and Amazon EC2 enable customers to pay only for the infrastructure software services and capacity that they actually use. RHEL on Amazon EC2 enables customers to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, removing the need to over-buy software and hardware capacity as a set of resources to handle periodic spikes in demand.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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