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Red Hat™ and AMD 

AMD and Red Hat have a long history of working together to provide solutions to customer problems. This trusted relationship includes an engineering partnership dedicated to technical excellence that has optimized the Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® operating system for AMD Opteron™ processors.

With Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and AMD Opteron Processor-based servers, you can dramatically cut costs by consolidating existing servers, and—as your workloads increase—avoid buying new ones. Your ability to scale rapidly and seamlessly to meet new workloads transforms your business into an agile and truly dynamic organization by helping to:

  • Increase server utilization
  • Reduce system management complexity
  • Minimize power and cooling costs
  • Reduce demand for data center floor space

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Drives Technology Leadership Spanning Physical, Virtual and Cloud Environments

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 offers enhanced virtualization and interoperability capabilities, combined with support for the AMD Opteron™ 4000 and 6000 Series platform.

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 was built to take advantage of the core density and power efficiency available in industry-leading servers, such as those based on AMD Opteron™ 6000 and 4000 series platforms," said Margaret Lewis, director of Software Strategy at AMD. "Combining the impressive performance, scalability, virtualization and efficiency benefits of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with AMD-based server solutions can help our joint customers to reduce costs and expand the capabilities of their computing infrastructure."

Coupled with AMD Virtualization (AMD-V)™ Technology, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 offers a solid solution for enterprise IT managers to leverage virtualization across their entire environment.

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 update provides a number of virtualization enhancements.

  • Support for the large memory systems of new servers allows a larger number of virtual machines to be deployed on each physical server. With greater guest density customers can achieve higher levels of consolidation and reduce costs.
  • Huge page support is now automatic and extended to virtual guests, improving the performance of memory-intensive applications.
  • Support for Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) enables virtual guests to share PCI hardware resources and efficiently access I/O devices. As a result, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the first operating system capable of hosting a virtual guest that can saturate a 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Further I/O optimizations, which enable easier device reassignment, improve flexibility when migrating virtual guests across physical systems. In combination, these enhancements allow large-scale, I/O bound, enterprise applications to be readily virtualized.



Red Hat and AMD: A Trusted Technology Partnership