Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Set to Include Docker Container Virtualization
VIDEO: Brian Stevens, CTO of Red Hat, talks about the next major release of Red Hat's flagship Linux operating system.Linux vendor Red Hat has been working toward the next major release of its flagship platform for much of the last two years and is now gearing up for the home stretch. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 platform was first released in 2010 and recently updated to version 6.5. Next year is now looking like the year in which Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is likely to debut, and it could include a new approach to virtualization In a video interview with eWEEK, Brian Stevens, CTO of Red Hat, discusses what the future holds for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and its upcoming RHEL 7 release. "RHEL 7 is going to be awesome," Stevens said. The technologies that will be included in RHEL 7 are what Stevens defined as enablers for the cloud at both the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) level with OpenStack and at a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) level with OpenShift.
One of the key technologies that RHEL 7 is likely to introduce is support for the Docker container virtualization technology. Docker is an up-and-coming technology that provides a different model for virtualization. Instead of the traditional hypervisor model that leverages virtual machines with their own operating system sitting on top of a host operating system, Docker uses virtual application containers that sit on top of the host operating system.