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Is 7 years of RHEL support still sufficient ?

Sep 07, 2009, 11:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dag Wieers)

"Let me explain what I mean. When Red Hat released RHEL2.1, seven years of support was perfect, seemed more than one would want. RHEL3 came 18 months after RHEL2.1 and after one year of testing RHEL3 and 3rd party integration new systems could be deployed, giving you 6 years of support. Your hardware would usually not outlive the operating system support.

"Big companies and organizations usually have a hardware cycle of about 4 years, after which the support of the hardware becomes too expensive to maintain. (Think: spare parts) This means that if new hardware arrives, you need to make sure that what you load on these servers will be supported for at least 4 years. If you take virtualization into scope, this cycle may be virtually stretched."

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