In the past 24 hours, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) beta became available through Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service. While RHEL has been available in limited beta for a few weeks, this public beta announcement came on the heels of Novell’s launch of SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10, its latest enterprise OS offering.
Red Hat executives made the announcement of their partnership with Amazon a few weeks ago. Now users of Amazon’s Web service can participate in the testing of Red Hat’s latest enterprise-level Linux offering with AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) within the Amazon EC2 environment with email-based support for the public beta, according to the the Red Hat Online Services Team. The decision to take RHEL into the cloud is part of a larger company deployment strategy.
The launch of SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 is arguably the bigger announcement. Novell’s new SUSE is a real time operating system, which allows critical processes to take priority over processor tasks. The new release gets many of its bells and whistles (e.g. sleeping spinlocks, interrupt threads and high-resolution timers) from real-time patches developed by the Linux community.
Among Novell’s Real Time partners is Sun Microsystems, whose open source Java will benefit from the collaboration — and from competition between Novell and Red Hat. In light of Red Hat’s new strategy and the announcement that Red Hat would also be collaborating with Sun on Java, I wouldn’t be surprised if Red Hat were trying to create more Java developers on their end. What do you think? Email me or leave us a comment.