Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Beta  

Posted by Daniela Mehler

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Beta has been released to RHEL subscribers
Dear Red Hat customers and partners: Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of the beta for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2. This beta includes a broad set of updates to the existing feature set and also provides rich new functionality particularly in the areas of performance and scaling, identity management, high availability, advanced storage, and networking as well as enablement for the latest hardware and architectures. Already the established leader as both a virtual machine guest and hypervisor host, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 introduces new features and enhanced functionality that reinforces Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the standard operating system platform for the enterprise. Key functionality in this beta include: Performance and Scaling o Kernel-level optimizations implemented in the process scheduler, networking, virtualization, and I/O subsystems will improve performance and scalability. o Faster creation of ext4 file systems and improved response times in XFS for certain workloads. o Improved CPU controller, scalability and enhanced resource management features to set processor utilization ceilings. Identity Management o Centralized identity management for the flexible management of users, roles, policies, and authentication services. o New capabilities for the unification of Kerberos ticketing, DNS naming, user and group ids, and Linux systems policies into a single service. High Availability o Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 guests on VMware(R) hosts and comprehensive support for the GFS2 shared storage file system have been added to the High Availability Add-on Product, creating a more tightly integrated environment. o Full support for the UDP-unicast protocol which reduces administration overhead, resulting in easier cluster deployment. Advanced Storage o World Wide Name (WWN), or World Wide Identifier (WWID), for storage devices making it easier to identify them during installation for users utilizing Storage Area Networks (SAN) and other advanced network typologies. o Within production environments using Infiniband - where high throughput and low latency are key requirements - Red Hat Enterprise Linux can now be purposed as an iSCSI initiator and storage server. Networking o Transmit Packet Steering (XPS) capabilities which improve network packet transmission throughput by 30%. We look to our community and partners for feedback to ensure Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 is yet another high-quality release. The beta can be accessed at The Release Notes can be accessed at The public blog can be accessed at To learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, visit For a technical deep-dive on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, visit We are always thankful to our partners and our customers who continue to work with us to develop and deliver the highest quality platform available today. The Enterprise Linux Team

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