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RHEL 6.5 Beta Debuts with SAP, Precision Timing Support

Red Hat is out today with a beta for its next generation flagship Linux operating system. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5 introduces new features across the stack and also aims to provide improved support for SAP applications.

SAP has a long-standing relationship with rival Linux vendor SUSE,Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Beta including support for the HANA in-memory database. Red Hat's RHEL 6.5 support is in a different area.

"Much of our work with SAP is around Sybase ASE and SAP R3," Mark Coggin, senior director, Platform Marketing at Red Hat, told ServerWatch. "This work includes engineering collaboration, performance optimization, and joint customer engagement."

Coggin also added that most recently Red Hat's collaboration with SAP has resulted in record-setting SD benchmarks with SAP on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Precision Timing

RHEL 6.5 will also be the first release from Red Hat to support the Precision Timing Protocol (PTP).

Ron Pacheco, senior manager, Platform Product Management at Red Hat, explained to ServerWatch that Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is important to customers who require sub-microsecond time stamping of transactions. He noted that customers in the Financial Services Industry can use this very high-precision time stamping for trades.

Subhendu Ghosh, senior technology strategist, platform at Red Hat, explained that PTP is the implementation of IEEE 1588, a LAN-based high-precision clock sync infrastructure.

"A number of our hardware partners have started to support at the NIC level and at the network switches," Ghosh said. "Our OS level support completes the architecture for customer deployment."

Open vSwitch

Open vSwitch is an open source Linux kernel feature that implements a virtual switch. It is a technology that has become increasingly important in Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud deployments. Though Open vSwitch is already in the upstream Linux kernel, it is not yet being implemented in RHEL 6.5.

"Today, Open vSwitch is only supported in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, although we are evaluating the timing and support of OVS in other products in future releases," Pacheco said.


With the new beta now available, Red Hat will first work to make sure the release is solid and stable before confirming a date for general availability.

"With a subscription-based model, we are not pressured to ship releases in order to grow revenue; we have the luxury and responsibility to release a product when it's ready," Pacheco said.

"Red Hat relies on beta testing from customers, OEMs, Ecosystem partners and our internal QE teams to help determine if and when a RHEL release is ready for mission-critical deployments," Pacheco continued. "Once we have compiled all of this feedback we will determine if/when to release RHEL 6.5."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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This article was originally published on October 8, 2013
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