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August 12, 2015

Red Hat targets containers in systems management overhaul

Software vendor extends reach of core capabilities to virtual environments.

By Jimmy Nicholls

Red Hat skewed its systems management service in line with growing demand for containers on Wednesday, as an overhaul for its Satellite product was released.

Coming almost a year after the original product’s launch, Satellite 6.1 will extend the service’s core capabilities to container deployments, which isolates software to maintain performance across different environments and to protect data.

As a result customers will reportedly have greater control over their systems, particularly around scale, versioning, security and integration.

Mary Johnston Turner, research VP of enterprise system management software at IDC, said: "The shift in enterprise infrastructure towards distributed and container-based systems means that a holistic approach is needed when it comes to managing these disparate systems.

"Red Hat Satellite 6.1 continues to move towards providing just such a solution, based on community innovation, to help give enterprises a level of standardisation and control over these emerging technologies."

Alongside the extra container features Red Hat is also claiming to have improved the security and provisioning of Satellite.

Among an update to error management the software vendor is offering a technical preview of OpenSCAP, an auditing tool for checking compliance on enterprise’s Linux infrastructure.

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Joe Fitzgerald, vice president of management business at Red Hat, said: "Red Hat Satellite 6.1 continues to evolve to meet ever-changing market demands, especially the growing movement we are seeing toward container-based cloud deployments.

"Building on the release of Red Hat Satellite 6, this newest release allows developers to more easily integrate Satellite into a hybrid cloud or container environment and utilise better reporting around their hosts during the transition."

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