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Red Hat Delivers on Linux Automation
Delivers on Linux Automation with Identity Management and Open Source Systems Management Solutions
By: Linux News Desk
Jul. 11, 2008 03:00 PM
Red Hat announced advancements that extend the Company's Linux Automation strategy by providing expanded capabilities and incorporating broadened community involvement for secure management of both users and systems across virtual and physical enterprise infrastructures.
By broadening its security portfolio with the addition of Red Hat Enterprise Identity, Policy and Audit (IPA) and through the opening of the Red Hat Network Satellite code base to facilitate community-driven enhancements for systems management, Red Hat aims to extend administrator control and increase user productivity in increasingly demanding IT environments.
"Delivering on the promise of any application, anywhere, anytime across both physical and virtual infrastructures requires integrated, secure management of users, systems and applications," said Katrinka McCallum, vice president of Red Hat's Management and Security business. "Dynamically allocating resources and providing efficient user access to systems and services as the IT landscape changes requires tightly integrated control systems. With Red Hat's management and security solutions spanning the operating system, virtualization, grid frameworks, middleware and SOA, Red Hat is rapidly advancing Linux Automation."
Enhanced Identity Management Solutions
Incorporating the Identyx code base enables Red Hat
Enterprise IPA to provide virtual directory services that allows organizations
to deliver a unified view of identity across multiple sources, including LDAP,
Leveraging Community-Customer Technology Innovation for
System Management Solutions
"I'm excited about the prospect of being able to make use of some of the RHN Satellite features above and beyond just a package repository, such as system profiling (both hardware and software), custom base channels for special projects that may have strict package requirements, as well as monitoring and reporting on systems. Additionally, at Duke University we will always have a mixed bag of distributions, like Centos, and Fedora in addition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems, and it's great to see that with Spacewalk, Red Hat intends to make it easy to support other RPM based distributions," said Kambiz Aghaiepour, Senior Linux Sysadmin, OIT, Duke University.
With the release of its RHN Satellite code base, Red Hat has enhanced its ability to incorporate new open source management projects into the future roadmap for its products and solutions. Examples include open source management projects like Cobbler and Koan for provisioning management, and the configuration management project, Puppet. In addition, projects like Cobbler, Koan and Puppet have already been adopted by a number of Red Hat customers.
According to Roy Haverman, Linux system administrator at
Alstom, "Cobbler allows us to set up physical and virtual servers in a
matter of minutes, which has helped us a lot in our dynamic server and
workstation landscape. The flexible kickstart templating system of Cobbler has
provided us consistent deployments to a great variety of systems, with
different architectures, saving much time."
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