Linux Red Hat Enterprise End of Life

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 is going end of life on August 30, 2021. Since Red Hat's life cycle is quite complex, it can be hard to keep track of when each version is will go end of life. This guide and report should help you manage your Red Hat installations more efficiently.

What is Linux Red Hat Enterprise?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is an enterprise Linux operating system designed to provide a consistent foundation across environments. It prides itself on being able to provide services and workloads fast, reduce deployment friction and costs while decreasing time to value for critical workloads. This allows development and operations teams to work together more efficiently.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle

RHEL has a complex lifecycle structure that covers a wide veriate of use-cases and implementation options that are possible with RHEL. In this overview we will touch on the most important general notes. But if you want the full breakdown, it is available on the Red Hat support page.

Red Hat works with multiple levels of support. These are Full Support, Maintenance Support 1, Maintenance Support or Maintenance Support 2, Extended life cycle support (ELS) add-on, and Extended Update Support Add-on (EUS) or Enhanced Extended Update Support Add-on.

Only the EUS and Enhanced EUS are omitted from their lifecycle matrix, most likely due to the fact that these are only available for select RHEL versions. Additionally, there is also another support package that is unlisted in either of the matrixes, the Update Services for SAP Solutions. Red Hat provides the Update Services for SAP Solutions (E4S) through a subscription to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions. This is designed for customers seeking to maintain a consistent minor release over an extended duration.

While this all makes sense, it can be very difficult to find out exactly when support for a specific version will end due to all of these variables. Luckily we've compiled a list of RHEL versions along with their EOL dates and created a report which shows the different dates along with the last EOL date to make things a little easier.

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