Houston, Texas, July 31, 2019 – cPanel®
is excited to announce a partnership with CloudLinux to extend support for
systems running Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 6 and CentOS 6
by nearly 4 years.
Released in 2011, Red Hat Enterprise
Linux (RHEL) 6 and CentOS 6 have been receiving only security updates since May
of 2017. These operating systems will reach End of Life (EOL) in November of
2020. At that time, without security patches or bug fixes, hosting providers
will be required to migrate their customers to avoid using an operating
system that is vulnerable to attacks and malware. Additionally, websites
hosting on those operating systems will lose compliance with data and
system certifications such as SOC 2 and PCI DSS.
To mitigate this scenario and reduce
maintenance burden for our community, cPanel and CloudLinux will work together
to support CloudLinux OS 6 for cPanel & WHM users until June 30,
2024. Full details about this initiative can be found at cloudlinux.com.
“We are excited to work with CloudLinux
to extend the lifecycle of CloudLinux OS 6. Our goals are to give the hosting
industry a viable answer and more flexibility in their operations schedule.
Hosting companies shouldn’t be required to choose between security and downtime
for their customers,” said Ken Power, VP of Product Development for
Users of the hybrid kernel
in CloudLinux OS 6 will effectively enjoy extended support of RHEL
6/CentOS 6 until 2024. By that time, hosting providers will be able to safely
migrate directly to RHEL 8, skipping RHEL 7 deployment entirely. RHEL 8 and
CentOS 8 will be supported until May 5, 2029. For enterprises and hosting
companies running their systems on CloudLinux OS 6, this equates to fewer
migrations and less administration.
“We are pleased to collaborate with
cPanel to extend support for CloudLinux 6 to our combined communities, and also
to provide a safe refuge for current RHEL 6 and CentOS 6 enterprises who need
to remain secure and compliant,” said Jim Jackson, President and CRO at CloudLinux.
CloudLinux OS can be purchased for
cPanel & WHM servers directly through the cPanel
Store, the Manage2 portal for cPanel
Partners, and through the WHM
About cPanel, L.L.C.
Established in 1997 by CEO
Nick Koston, cPanel provides one of the Internet infrastructure
industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software
platforms. With its rich feature set and customer-first support, the fully-automated
hosting platform empowers infrastructure providers and gives customers the
ability to administer every facet of their website using simple point-and-click
software. Based in Houston, TX, cPanel employs over 240 team members
and has customers in more than 70 countries.
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Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, CloudLinux is on a mission to make Linux web servers safer,
stronger, and more profitable. With over 4,000 customers and partners, (Dell,
1&1 and LiquidWeb among them), more than 250,000 product installations
globally, and their dedicated analysts and developers together have more than
450 years worth of Linux experience and a passion for being the best in
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