Red Hat unveils RHEL 6, announces ecosystem support for the OS

by Sharon Lobo    Nov 11, 2010

Red HatSetting the scene for its server operating systems for the next decade, Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), has not only unveiled the version 6 of its flagship operating platform — Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), but has also announced ecosystem support for the OS from leading Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partners. This will enable partners to deploy RHEL 6 applications in any environment physical, virtual and cloud with a single certification.

The company said that the core capabilities of RHEL 6 lies in the improvements made in its security, performance and power management, which apparently will enable the company to scale to the largest systems on the market today and still provide flexibility and efficiency. This can be reflected in the words of Nandu Pradhan, president & MD, Red Hat India who believes that if major stock exchanges run their operations on RHEL, then this itself shows how security, stability, scalability and reliability features of the Red Hat platform.

When asked what initiatives has Red Hat taken to create awareness of their products and open-source amongst the CIO community, Pradhan said that apart from conduct seminars, exhibitions, executive briefings for IT decision makers, the company also participates with its SI partners and their customers to educate them about its products. Apart from professionals, Red Hat also plans to roll out academic programs along with some colleges and universities to target students, which will be their future customers.

Though the company had focused on creating awareness amongst enterprises, Red Hat also now plans to focus on SMBs as well. The company has been getting a lot of traction from tier 2 and tier 3 cities as well, where a majority of SMBs are located. According to Pradhan the company is seeing a lot of growth in business clusters, which are pockets of area where a particular type of industry such as automotive, textile, pharmaceuticals are situated.

Apart from commercial deployment, Red Hat also sees learning services as a big business opportunity. Pradhan said that the biggest clientele for Red Hat is the student community, who enroll for the various certification courses offered by the company.