Red Hat Improves System Performance in RHEL 8 Beta

Today’s topics include the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, and Oracle acquiring Talari Networks for entry into the SD-WAN space.

Three and a half years since the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 in June 2014, Red Hat is finally issuing a major new version number of its flagship Linux platform—RHEL 8, which it is now previewing in beta.

In response to the emergence of containers and microservices as a primary paradigm for application deployment, Red Hat is including multiple container tools in RHEL 8 that it has been developing and proving out in the open-source community, including Buildah for container building, Podman for running containers, and Skopeo for sharing and finding containers.

Systems management is also getting a boost with the Composer features that enable organizations to build and deploy custom RHEL images.

Management of RHEL is further enhanced via the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux Web Console, which enables administrators to manage bare metal, virtual, local and remote Linux servers.

Oracle is joining the ranks of venders buying software-defined WAN companies this month with the announcement that it is acquiring Talari Networks for an undisclosed amount.

According to Oracle officials, Talari’s Failsafe SD-WAN offering, which is designed to ensure reliability, predictability and security in both site-to-cloud and site-to-site connectivity, will complement Oracle’s session border controller and network management infrastructure.

According to Douglas Suriano, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle’s Communications Global Business Unit, “Talari’s Failsafe SD-WAN solution complements Oracle’s enterprise communications portfolio by delivering high availability and Quality-of-Experience connectivity and cloud application access across any IP network with the reliability and predictability of private networks.”