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Riding the tide of fortune: Red Hat Malaysia interview

AvantiKumar | Aug. 15, 2014
RHEL 7 is the latest move in a long term strategy to help Malaysian IT leaders to shift focus from 'IT efficiency to IT effectiveness', said Red Hat's David Yap.

How fast have different industry sectors in Malaysia adopted open source in the last couple of years and what kind of business drivers are you seeing that will make open source a wise path for companies?

Over the past few years, we've seen a gradual increase in the rate of adoption amongst FSIs and government agencies and enterprises are increasingly demanding for more flexibility, more interoperability and more business-driven results. There are three main customer concerns Red Hat has identified, which are:-

- The demand to respond rapidly to increasing line-of-business
- Crucial need to keep their enterprise IT secure
- Pressure to drive efficiency and reduce costs with existing resources

Why do you consider RHEL 7 is Red Hat's most ambitious OS so  far and what are some of the important benefits it offers?

The level of effort for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, including customer research, community collaboration, engineering, and joint partner work far outstrip the effort made for any previous major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  Additionally, the volume of new features including ground breaking capabilities like containers including Docker makes this a very ambitious release.

 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 forms the foundation of the open hybrid cloud and advances the critical role that the OS plays in delivering applications to the enterprise today and tomorrow. Integrating Linux containers and Docker brings software / application development to the next level by packing a given application into a Docker image. Simply put, it allows organisations to gain the flexibility to quickly adapt to demands for business agility.

Developers can rapidly deliver applications in a completely secure environment using lightweight containers, and gain application portability to consistently deploy from physical to virtual to cloud, across development, test and production environments. This leads to the lowered costs / resources needed to turn around services or applications in order to address business needs, as well as a shorter time-to-market.

RHEL 7 is designed to run until 2024, what are the features that make this OS 'future-ready'?

More than just the next generation of enterprise Linux server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is designed to provide the underpinning for future application architectures while supporting deployments across bare metal systems, virtual machines (VM), and cloud infrastructure.

There are hundreds of new features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Key features include:

- The ability to isolate applications with Docker container support
- Expanded Windows interoperability capabilities, including seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory domains
- Significant file system enhancements, including making XFS the default file system. This allows scaling to support file systems up to 500 TBs
- Optimal performance through the addition of profiles, instrumentation and more granular tuning capabilities
- New capabilities to make you more efficient as you install, deploy, and maintain Red Hat Enterprise Linux in large-scale environments
- Improved subsystem management through OpenLMI - OpenLMI is a Red Hat-sponsored open source project. It's designed to provide a common infrastructure for multiple Linux systems management.

Finally, Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a platform is comprehensive and flexible. Choice of file systems, security models, management frameworks, and its ability to extend into virtual and IaaS environments make the platform inherently "future-ready".

What kind of reception do you expect Malaysian organisations will give to RHEL 7?

In Malaysia, there are still a number of legacy systems, including the many varieties of UNIX, in place and with organisations refreshing their IT infrastructures, we feel that customers will look to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 as a good replacement, enabled with new capabilities such as Linux containers and Docker.

Another key feature for RHEL 7 is interoperability with Windows environments; better Active Directory integration will help customers with a seamless transition into a hybrid environment.


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