Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1

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Red Hat has announced the general, worldwide availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, the first update to the platform since the delivery of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 in November 2010.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 enhancements provide customers with improvements in system reliability, scalability and performance, coupled with support for upcoming system hardware. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 also delivers patches and security updates, while maintaining application compatibility and OEM/ISV certifications.

In addition to performance improvements, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 also provides numerous technology updates, including:

- Additional configuration options for advanced storage configurations with improvements in FCoE, Datacenter Bridging and iSCSI offload, which allow networked storage to deliver the quality of service commonly associated with directly connected storage

- Enhancements in virtualization, file systems, scheduler, resource management and high availability

- New technologies that enable smoother enterprise deployments and tighter integration with heterogeneous systems

- A technology preview of Red Hat Enterprise Identity (IPA) services, based on the open source FreeIPA project

- Support for automatic failover for virtual machines and applications using the Red Hat High Availability Add-On

- Integrated developer tools that provide the ability to write, debug, profile and deploy applications without leaving the graphical environment

- Improvements to network traffic processing to leverage multi-processor servers that are getting increasingly common

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