Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is expected to arrive with comprehensive peripheral management and automatic container return capabilities, as well as enhancements to Microsoft SQL Server deployment and new security features.

Announced on May 10, RHEL 9 should be shipped in the coming weeks as the first production version created by CentOS stream, a continuously supplied Linux distribution that follows RHEL. RHEL 9 will be available through Red Hat customer portal and large cloud vendor markets.

The service capabilities of Edge in RHEL 9 provided as a service promise to provide more control and security for remote deployments, providing touch-free security, system health visibility, and more responsive vulnerability mitigation through a single interface.

RHEL 9’s automatic container return uses Red Hat’s Podman container management technology, which can detect if a newly updated container is not started and then revert the container back to the previous working version.

Also included in RHEL 9 image creation servicesupporting image creation for core clouds and virtualization technologies, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and VMware. The imaging service represents Red Hat’s efforts to provide key operating system features as a service.

RHEL 9 also introduces an extended set of system roles for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, providing an automated workflow for building specific system configurations. New system roles for Postfix, high availability clusters, firewall, web console and Microsoft SQL Server have been added.

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