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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 Beta now available

This 10-year lifecycle is a key feature of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform. As minor releases progress within a major release lifecycle, focus is placed on maintaining infrastructure stability for production environments and enhancing the reliability of the operating system. With RHEL 7 entering the next phase of its lifecycle, future releases will emphasize production stability, rather than introducing net-new features. RHEL 7.7 Beta includes a host of enhancements and bug fixes to help deliver a powerful, flexible platform for hybrid cloud computing. Key updates include support for the latest generation of enterprise hardware as well as remediation for the recently-disclosed Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS)/ZombieLoad vulnerabilities. The beta release also includes performance enhancements for the network stack, along with the ability to offload virtual switching operations to...

Adventures with Ansible: Lessons learned from real-world deployments

Ansible is a powerful IT automation tool. Like most powerful tools, it takes time to master, and you need to learn to use it well, and safely, in your environment. Having used Ansible to automate deploying and managing enterprise applications, I’ve picked up a number of lessons that I consider best practices for automation with Ansible, and I would like to share them to help others. That is, after all, the open source way. Check out this Ansible beginner’s guide if you’re just getting started with the tool. I’ve been doing enterprise software for a long time, well before Ansible even existed. I remember the days of quarterly production deployment that took place overnight with a team of people on call to get a release working. Deployments were expensive,...

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