Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Includes Improved Security Features

Today’s topics include improved security features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4, how Google, IBM and Lyft collaborated on the Istio open microservices technology; Infosys' effort to harness purposeful AI; and the new DIY functionality added to the Quick Base app development product.

The upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 release is set to provide organizations with a series of new features and enhancements that will improve security and performance. Red Hat released a beta version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.4 on May 23, providing organizations with an opportunity to preview the new features.

One of the new capabilities in RHEL 7.4 is support for Network Bound Disk Encryption, which is a feature that enables organizations to encrypt the root volume of hard drives, without requiring users to re-enter the password after a system is rebooted.

For Network Bound Disk Encryption to work properly, that the encryption needs to be initiated at installation time, Steve Almy, principal product manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, told eWEEK. It is not currently possible to encrypt an unencrypted drive with Linux Unified Key Setup-on-disk-format, Almy said.

Microservices architectures offer enterprises a way to break down large monolithic applications into a collection of smaller, more manageable applications or processes that communicate with each other via various application programming interfaces.

A growing number of organizations have begun using the microservices approach as a way to make application development and delivery faster, flexible and more tolerant to change.

Hoping to contribute to the process are Google, IBM and Lyft, which this week announced an alpha version of Istio, an open source platform for helping organizations connect, secure, manage their microservices environment.

Alexa, Google Now and Siri are just the tip of the iceberg of the upcoming artificial intelligence revolution. IT services and consulting firm Infosys envisions future enterprise AI systems that may alter the very nature of work, turning businesses into hyper-efficient organizations and enabling an era of improved productivity and high-value output from tomorrow's workers.

The company is betting big on AI and automation technologies to help its customers accelerate their digital transformations and prepare for a future in which business processes work reliably in real time.

Informed by advanced analytics, automated systems can take it upon themselves to initiate and complete complex workflows without bogging workers down with menial tasks.

When it comes to the notion of citizen software development, sometimes described as "low-code" development, a former division of Intuit, Quick Base, has been a pioneer.

At its Empower 2017 conference May 23, the company introduced a couple of key new capabilities to its application-building package, a platform that enables corporate line-of-business employees to add, subtract, or modify features inside a business application.

The new features include:Centralized User Management Console to streamline the management of large Quick Base deployments and Super User Administration, which aims to give IT leaders or administrators greater access, visibility and control, over all Quick Base apps and data across their organization.