[rhelv6-announce] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Beta Announcement

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (Santiago) announcement mailing-list rhelv6-announce at redhat.com
Wed Oct 5 14:33:10 UTC 2011

Dear Red Hat customers and partners:

Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of the beta
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2.  This beta includes a broad
set of updates to the existing feature set and also provides
rich new functionality particularly in the areas of performance
and scaling, identity management, high availability, advanced
storage, and networking as well as enablement for the latest
hardware and architectures.   

Already the established leader as both a virtual machine guest
and hypervisor host, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 introduces
new features and enhanced functionality that reinforces Red Hat
Enterprise Linux as the standard operating system platform for
the enterprise.

Key functionality in this beta include:

Performance and Scaling

o Kernel-level optimizations implemented in the process
  scheduler, networking, virtualization, and I/O subsystems
  will improve performance and scalability.
o Faster creation of ext4 file systems and improved response
  times in XFS for certain workloads.
o Improved CPU controller, scalability and enhanced resource
  management features to set processor utilization ceilings.

Identity Management

o Centralized identity management for the flexible management
  of users, roles, policies, and authentication services.  
o New capabilities for the unification of Kerberos ticketing,
  DNS naming, user and group ids, and Linux systems policies
  into a single service.

High Availability

o Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 guests on VMware(R)
  hosts and comprehensive support for the GFS2 shared storage
  file system have been added to the High Availability Add-on
  Product, creating a more tightly integrated environment.  
o Full support for the UDP-unicast protocol which reduces
  administration overhead, resulting in easier cluster

Advanced Storage

o World Wide Name (WWN), or World Wide Identifier (WWID), for
  storage devices making it easier to identify them during
  installation for users utilizing Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  and other advanced network typologies.
o Within production environments using Infiniband - where high
  throughput and low latency are key requirements - Red Hat
  Enterprise Linux can now be purposed as an iSCSI initiator
  and storage server.


o Transmit Packet Steering (XPS) capabilities which improve
  network packet transmission throughput by 30%.

We look to our community and partners for feedback to ensure
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 is yet another high-quality
release. The beta can be accessed at


The Release Notes can be accessed at


The public blog can be accessed at


To learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, visit

For a technical deep-dive on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, visit


We are always thankful to our partners and our customers who
continue to work with us to develop and deliver the highest
quality platform available today.

The Enterprise Linux Team

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