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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 beta targets enterprise-scale IoT implementations

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Red Hat has released the new beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3. The new platform is aimed to ease enterprise-scale IoT implementations through several new features and improvements over its predecessor that was launched in last November.

To natively enable some affordable connected devices, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 beta comes with support for Bluetooth LE (low energy). Red Hat has also provided customers with an option to embed the new Linux platform into some high-end industrial controllers using the controller area network (CAN) bus support.

The beta version of the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes smart card authentication with active directory to enable users smart cards. Additionally, there are SELinux tools to fasten policy creation and offer ease in the usage. The platform also includes support for the OpenSCAP workbench and Media Access Control security (MACSec) version 2 to secure experience.

There are several reliability and redundancy features to give clients a reason to switch Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3. Particularly, the beta platform has complete support for high availability add-on on IBM z systems. Customers can also dynamically configure RAID devices via RAID Takeover.

Apart from the IoT world, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 beta is planning to “streamline the lifecycle” of containerised and cloud-native applications. There is an option to sign and verify container signatures using the Technology Preview of the Atomic CLI. Also, the platform has both the Identity Management (IdM) client and server services as container images through the Red Hat Container Registry to enable deployment of containers.

The latest beta version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux comes with some performance enhancements as well. There are lightweight tunnels and an enhanced bulk packet memory allocator. Red Hat has included its support for non-volatile dual in-line memory modules (NVDIMMs) to let the platform leverage high-performance storage.

Customers with an active Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription can test the features of the beta version. However, its final version would take some time to reach servers worldwide.