Today, Red Hat announced the general 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 features several new and updated collections, including:
- Varnish Cache 4.0.3, a caching HTTP reverse proxy that is able to help accelerate web applications
- nginx 1.8, an updated version of the popular HTTP and reverse proxy server
- node.js 0.10.40, an updated version of the runtime environment for developing server-side web applications
- Updated Maven 3.0 collection with additional packages
New to 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.
Also generally available today is Red Hat Developer Toolset 4, which includes Red Hat's first ever release of gcc 5.