Red Hat is out with an initial beta release of its next-generation Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 server operating system platform. The successor to the RHEL 6 platform that first debuted in 2010, RHEL 7 is based on the Fedora 19 community Linux release and the Linux 3.10 kernel.
A beta release of RHEL 7 reflectsthe work Red Hat has put in on solidifying the Fedora 19 base over the last several months to fortify its enterprise-grade stability, according to Ron Pacheco, senior manager of Platform Product Management at Red Hat.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 also features a number of key enhancements and new features, most notably the move from Ext4 to XFS as the default file system. The change was made to help Red Hat customers handle the enormous data growth many companies have been facing in recent years. XFS can support systems of up to 500TB in size, whereas Ext4 has a limit on the stand-alone file system size of 50TB.
Additional key areas of improvement in RHEL 7 include support for Docker containers, new storage management capabilities, multiple scalability improvements and new performance management profiles.
While Red Hat has yet to comment on the official release date for RHEL 7, Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens has strongly hinted that the new server OS release will debut sometime in 2014.