Now, the upcoming upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL 8.4, which will be generally available in the coming weeks, is bringing edge computing capabilities with the addition of container deployment geared at supporting edge usage. While RHEL 8.3 brought a number of new changes, including system roles for logging, system metrics, disk encryption, and bootloader, to help users to manage large installations through consistent and repeatable configurations at scale.
RHEL 8.4 builds on these capabilities, coupled with standardization and control across Linux container images, starting with updates to Red Hat’s Podman container engine, for managing containers from a single point across the hybrid cloud.
What features to expect in the Upcoming RHEL 8.4 update?
The upgrade to RHEL 8.4 will include the Red Hat Universal Base Image (UBI), which is currently available in a lightweight, micro image for building cloud-native applications that are redistributable, on a RHEL foundation without full kernel deployment.
Also, RHEL 8.4 aims for greater flexibility for cloud applications, with more “holistic” view of subscription deployment via the Red Hat Insights Subscriptions with improved support for the Red Hat Cloud Access. As RHEL serves as the baseline of the Red Hat Edge initiative, it is intended to extend the capabilities of the Red Hat hybrid cloud to edge computing, with support for applications from enterprise devices and automobiles.
Additionally, RHEL 8.4 brings extended security features, including the addition of a RHEL system role for cryptocurrency policies and network-bound disk encryption offered as a container, and automated system configuration and management via RHEL Web Console updates and the Tracer utility.
How to Upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.4?
RHEL 8.4 is scheduled for release in the coming weeks, then you can download it directly from Red Hat’s Portal. If you're a new user who wants to try out RHEL 8.4, you can download it from developer.redhat.com as part of the no-cost Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Subscription.
And if you want to try out the latest RHEL 8.4 beta release which is accessible for subscription holders via the Red Hat Customer Portal, you can obtain a subscription by joining the Red Hat Developer Program.