Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, more commonly abbreviated as RHEL 8, was released on May 7th, 2019. This release came swiftly after IBM acquired Red Hat for $34 billion on October 28, 2018.

In the current age of dynamic IT operations, regularly managing and overseeing your IT functions is a critical business asset. To deliver ambitious and competitive advantages, IT organizations should shift from traditional infrastructure operations to flexible environments.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 gives an intelligent, stable, and security-focused foundation for advanced and agile business operations. Maintaining consistency across infrastructure enables you to deploy applications, workloads, and services using the equivalent tools, regardless of the location they are present in. As a result, you can implement and operate the enterprise hybrid cloud environment your business needs faster and with much less effort.

Key features and advantages

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 provides you more control, confidence, and freedom to innovate, and RHEL 8 reduces the friction and cost involved in cloud deployment while accelerating time to market for crucial business workloads. Enhanced usability and familiar, automatic deployment and management interfaces help Windows, and Unix users get started with Linux more smoothly. Complete, native automation lets you deliver services faster and more consistently across the cloud infrastructure.

Streamlined and Modernized access to high-quality open source development tools assists you to build and launch new products more rapidly.

Kernel

While RHEL 7 supports a maximum of 64TB of physical memory, RHEL 8 supports up to 4PB of physical memory. That’s quite an upgrade from the old traditional systems.

The sosreport can now report any loaded extended Berkeley Packet Filtering programs and maps in RHEL 8 version.

Smart operating system

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 provides built-in manageability and integration with Red Hat management and automation products. Every active Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription includes access to Red Hat Insights. Red Hat Insights addresses your problems with predictive operating system analytics that let you rapidly identify and rectify threats to availability, security, stability, and performance. Proactive, automated issue resolution helps to ensure that your environment is operating optimally to avoid problems and unplanned downtime.

Desktop accessibility 

RHEL 8 comes with GNOME v3.28 with some necessary enhancements such as an on-screen keyboard, GNOME boxes features, and extended device support.

GNOME uses Wayland as its default display server instead of the Xorg server.

Though Wayland provides multiple advantages over X.org, few features are not currently available in RHEL 8.

Easy and swift deployment

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 combines several features to speed deployment and simplify adoption for users who are not familiar with Linux. A single subscription and install repository for various types of systems streamlines the process of purchasing and installation. A seamless, non-disruptive migration process for existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments help you upgrade easily. Finally, an image builder tool lets you set up a standard system blueprint and create customized image files for multiple hypervisors, reducing the effort needed to deploy workloads over hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure.

Web servers, databases, dynamic languages

MySQL 8.0, MariaDB 10.3, PostgreSQL 10 & 9.6 and Redis 4.0 are included in RHEL 8.

In RHEL 8, Nginx 1.14 is available through the base repository. Nginx was earlier obtained via the Software Collection.

RHEL 8 is distributed with Python 3.6 and PHP 7.2. Python 2.7 is also available in the python2 package.

Enhanced security features

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 supplies security technologies, controls, certifications, and the ongoing support of the Red Hat Product Security team to improve and safeguard your organization. Additional features like system-wide cryptographic policies, new compiler flags, advanced auditing, and updated protocols further support to defend your business.

Flexibility across clouds

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 delivers a consistent application and user experience regardless of the underlying infrastructure. Deploy current applications and emerging workloads beyond a bare-metal, virtualized, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud environments, knowing they will operate reliably.

Innovative container technologies

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 provides advanced, innovative container infrastructure and tools to simplify container development and deployment. It provides a lightweight, open standards-based container toolkit with practically all the basic things

you need to get started. Red Hat Universal Base Images (UBIs) let you take benefit of the reliability, security, and performance of official Red Hat container images.

Open-source innovation

The RHEL 8 introduces Application Streams, an improved method for delivering multiple versions of userspace packages. Application Streams provides new tools that make sense for each component, so you can more easily access the latest stable versions of the open-source programming languages, tools, and databases you need for productivity. Red Hat

Enterprise Linux 8 features a predictable, time-based release measure that simplifies planning and scheduling for more massive datacenter and system updates, upgrades, and work transitions.

Support from DevOps

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 contains unified tools to help your team adapt to DevOps methods, without requiring command-line experience. An improved management console features a web-based, mobile-friendly graphical user interface that simplifies operations and eases adoption for new Linux users. One can perform day-to-day administration tasks all from a single interface.

In conclusion

Red Hat Services enable you to accelerate your development to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and apply its capabilities to your own goals. All of this is crucial to increase productivity in your organization.