Today, we are pleased to announce the beta availability of Red Hat Software Collections 2.1, Red Hat’s newest installment of open source web development tools, dynamic languages, and databases. Delivered on a separate lifecycle from Red Hat Enterprise Linux with a more frequent release cadence, Red Hat Software Collections bridges developer agility and production stability by helping to accelerate the creation of modern applications that can then be more confidently deployed into production.
Red Hat Software Collections 2.1 Beta helps to accelerate the development and deployment of modern applications by making available some of the latest, stable dynamic open source languages and databases. New additions in Red Hat Software Collections 2.1 Beta include Varnish Cache 4.0.3, a caching HTTP reverse proxy that is able to accelerate web applications, and nginx 1.8, an updated version of the popular HTTP and reverse proxy server. Updated collections include node.js 0.10.40, and Maven 3.0.5. As with past installments of Red Hat Software Collections, Red Hat Developer Toolset 4 Beta also continues to be available as a software collection.
Applications built with Red Hat Software Collections can be deployed into production with greater confidence, as most software collections and components are supported for three years. In addition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7, applications built with Red Hat Software Collections can also be deployed to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and OpenShift, Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, giving more choice and flexibility for application portfolios.
Finally, for developers looking to take advantage of the rapid development and deployment cycles inherent to Linux containers, many of the most popular Red Hat Software Collections have been made available as Dockerfiles. In addition, many of the most popular Red Hat Software Collections are also now available as docker-formatted container images via the Red Hat Customer Portal.
A bit more about Varnish Cache
Varnish Cache is a web application accelerator also known as a caching HTTP reverse proxy. It is installed in front of a web server that speaks HTTP and configured to cache the contents. Varnish 4.0 has very high performance, and a highly extensible built-in configuration language. It typically speeds up delivery with a factor of 300 – 1000x. Varnish Cache only caches HTTP, it does not support other web protocols.
Red Hat Software Collections 2.1 Beta is now available to customers and partners with select active Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions. For more information on installation or to view the complete release notes, please visit the Red Hat Customer Portal.
Also available today is Red Hat Developer Toolset 4 Beta, which includes Red Hat's first ever release of gcc 5.