Red Hat’s Volley on Linux Management Offering

Call it Red Hat’s forward spin velocity regarding Linux management tools. With competition such as Oracle offering full Red Hat support on their own products, Red Hat is now expanding and improving its Linux management footprint.

The leading Linux distributor told that it is rolling out online monitoring tool this year Red Hat customers.

Rich Friedman, director of product management for the Red Hat Network, told the management tool is already in use with a select group of customers with expanded rollouts planned throughout the year.

“We provide a set of services that can monitor systems and we handle the background work of collecting metrics, analyzing them, sending out availability and performance alerts,” Friedman said. “We provide reporting charting and history and even more capabilities in terms of managing how you set up alerts and it’s all from an online perspective.”

News of Red Hat’s Linux system management initiatives come just days after Oracle announced earlier new Linux management capabilities to Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux customers.

Oracle claims that Management Pack for Linux does everything that Red Hat does with its Red Hat Network management product, and more. Plus, Oracle said, it’s a free add-on for its Unbreakable Linux subscribers.

Red Hat is also planning a major upgrade to its Red Hat Network (RHN) systems management platform this year. RHN 5.0 is expected around the same time as Red Hat’s flagship product Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL 5) is released.

“What we’ll be doing with RHN 5 is providing support and capabilities around virtualization management,” Friedman said. [This includes] “focusing on what we do from a Red Hat RHEL perspective and the capabilities we have and the ability to control the system from a central place.”

And that’s what sets Red Hat apart from the competition, he said. It may also be a matter of approach.

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