Mission Critical RAS Meets Volume Economics: New Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on Intel® Xeon® Processors

Today, Red Hat launched its new OS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, which unleashes a whole new set of scalable performance and reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) capabilities in the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series.  This new combination of Red Hat OS and Intel Xeon processors delivers mission-critical capabilities in an open, high-volume architecture that offers substantially lower TCO than proprietary, RISC-based systems.

The pressure to reduce IT cost in the enterprise continues to stay high.  Invest in new technologies, Intel Xeon processors and RHEL 6, in fact - to reduce IT cost.  Cost incurred to maintain legacy and older technologies at IT outweighs the savings you enjoy from the new technologies we ship today.

Intel Xeon processors combined with RHEL 6 is simply one example of that.

Delivering the performance scalability you need: 

Intel Xeon processor 7500 series combined with RHEL 6 significantly reduce the cost of holding on to legacy UNIX/ RISC platforms.  Server systems shipped with Intel Xeon processors 7500 series equip 2, 4, 8, or more processors each with up to 8 cores in a single server chassis as small as 2U rack mount or in blade form factor.  4-processor, 4U rack mount servers shipped today may have up to 32 cores and up to 1TB of RAM.  Now that’s serious scalability!  RHEL 6 is specifically engineered to take advantage of such scalable performance using techniques like NUMA optimizations while minimizing the power consumption of the servers using advanced power management technologies between Intel Xeon processors and RHEL 6.

Intel Xeon processor 7500 series and RHEL 6 deliver the RAS you need: 

With such a scalable performance, such servers are likely used to handle large sets of corporate data, in many cases, very mission-critical.  Advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features in Intel Xeon processor 7500 series go hand in hand with RHEL 6, avoiding high cost penalty of system down time.  Using technologies such as Machine Check Architecture (MCA), Correctable Machine Check Interrupt (CMCI), Advanced Error Reporting (AER), off-lining CPUs, a system's uptime is significantly increased.

Driving OpEx and CapEx down by consolidation: 

Advanced RAS, large core and memory count, and advanced virtualization technologies also allows data centers to consolidate server infrastructure.  In addition to the aforementioned RAS capabilities which protect now multiple instances of virtual servers hosted on a single node server, virtualization performance improvements and other improvements have been implemented into RHEL 6.  Technologies like Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) eliminates chunk of virtual I/O performance bottleneck while allowing isolation of I/O traffic improving security of a virtualized environment.  Application certification on virtualized environment is also automatic as any application certified on RHEL is automatically certified on KVM - Red Hat’s hypervisor.

Delivering the advanced security you need: 

While virtualization and cloud infrastructure are becoming key strategies for data centers, Intel and Red Hat collaborate to improve computing environment security.  As more data traveling across network is encrypted, Intel Xeon processor 5600 boosts performance in handling encrypted data with Advanced Encryption Standard  New Instructions (AES-NI) with the help of RHEL 6.

In summary, RHEL 6 unleashes advanced features Intel Xeon processors have, delivering additional value to data centers.  RHEL 6 is offered under the same subscription model as the previous offerings from Red Hat thus migration to this new technology should be a very straight forward process for many.