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Red Hat updates RHEL 5: Data center news in brief

Red Hat provided customers still on RHEL 5 with numerous updates and enhancements, including support for the latest microprocessor platforms.

Red Hat updates legacy RHEL 5 platform
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has been out for a while, but that’s not stopping Red Hat from updating RHEL 5. The company said the new RHEL 5.6 includes 340 enhancements and more than 2,000 fixes in the areas of hardware, networking, virtualization, Web services, security authentication and file systems, and is available for download by active subscribers.

RHEL 5.6 highlights include support for new processors, chipsets and multimedia platforms, including drivers and updated installation media. On the virtualization front, RHEL 5.6 now offers support for sVirt (SELinux virtualization), enabling Mandatory Access Control (MAC) profiles to be applied to virtual guests; and new I/O fencing capabilities for RHEL virtual machines virtual guests configured with the High Availability (HA) Add-On. RHEL 5.6 also includes the new PHP 5.3 release, new cryptographic signatures as part of a new DNS package and improved printing with the OpenVector Printer driver and support for new HP printers.

AMD dismisses CEO
On Monday, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s board accepted the resignation of CEO Dirk Meyer. Former senior vice president and CFO Thomas Seifert was named interim CEO. The board reportedly ousted Meyer for failing to identify opportunities in the mobile and smartphone market. Meanwhile, the company is expected to announce its next-generation Opteron processors, code-name “Interlagos,” based on the new “Bulldozer” core this year.

Raritan DCIM tool ships as virtual appliance
Raritan made the latest version of its dcTrack data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software available as a VMware virtual appliance, making it easier to track data center assets including servers, networks and facilities infrastructure, and to view data center environmental data such as power consumption, heat dissipation, and available floor and rack space.

DcTrack 2.4 also features a new Web-based architecture, easier data imports, LDAP user authentication, new audit and workflow reports, and an improved user interface. It is available immediately free of charge to customers with valid Raritan software maintenance agreements.

ExtraHop, Keynote team up for application performance management
Keynote Systems, a provider of an Internet and mobile monitoring service, and ExtraHop Networks, which makes network and application performance monitoring (APM) appliances, entered into a joint partnership this week. Thanks to strategically placed monitors around the globe, Keynote detects performance issues with Web-facing applications. Once a problem is detected, ExtraHop can help identify the root cause of the problem, tracing it back to the network, server, storage or application level. The two companies said they will produce enhanced workflows between the two products, and possibly integrate their respective user interfaces, ExtraHop said.

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