Since the launch of Red Hat Satellite 6.0 in September 2014, Red Hat have delivered a number of new features including upgraded security enhancements, enhanced discovery and container management capabilities across physical, virtual and cloud environments. All of this is now brought together in Red Hat Satellite 6.1 and brings upgrades in three key areas, container management, security and provisioning as well as a number of other features for multiple network support,
The container management core capabilities in Satellite 6.1 now extend to container deployments - making them more scalable, manageable and consistent - and allow Docker users to tap into its modern design to control versioning, authentication and integration with existing platforms. Additionally the container support includes a scalable on-premise registry based with Role-Based Access Controls, auditing controls and a robust API.
Satellite 6.1 brings upgrades to errata management, allowing users to quickly and easily address security, bugfix and enhancement errata. Improved reporting now enables organisations to more quickly identify and respond to hosts affected by a security vulnerability, minimizing downtime and sensitive data exposure in vulnerability scenarios such as those presented by Shellshock, Heartbleed and GHOST.
Red Hat Satellite also helps to simplify the provisioning process through new discovery processes, allowing automatic bare metal discovery of unknown nodes on the provisioning network. New nodes can self-register to Red Hat Satellite and upload their hardware facts, and this discovery allows the software to best determine the type of system to provision.
Other new capabilities introduced in Red Hat Satellite 6.1 include:
Multiple Network Support for provisioning systems with complex networking requirements, including VLANs, Bonds and Aliased interfaces. Satellite 6.1 includes newer provisioning templates and workflows that enable the setup of complex interfaces as systems are initially provisioned.
Isolated Capsule Server, a key component of large Red Hat Satellite installations, now features a number of communication improvements. Communications between the managed host, Capsule Server and Satellite Server are now better isolated and streamlined for a more secure environment, allowing system administrators to more easily deploy Red Hat Satellite Capsule in their environments.
Tech preview of Red Hat Access Insights is a new automated, opt-in service announced at the 2015 Red Hat Summit. Red Hat Satellite users can identify key risks to stability, performance and security through Red Hat Access Insights, which offers recommendations of how to address discovered issues.
Additionally, OpenSCAP, a standardized approach to maintaining enterprise system security, is now available as a tech preview. OpenSCAP automatically verifies the presence of patches, checks system security configuration settings and examines systems for signs of compromise in daily/weekly/monthly cadences that can be customized by end users to best fit their own internal security protocols.
Commenting on the new features Joe Fitzgerald, VP, Management Business Unit at Red Hat said the system continues to meet market demands, “especially the growing movement we are seeing toward container-based cloud deployments. Building on the release of Red Hat Satellite 6, this newest release allows developers to more easily integrate Satellite into a hybrid cloud or container environment and utilize better reporting around their hosts during the transition.”