cPanel and CloudLinux have announced a partnership to extend support for systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS 6 by nearly four years. cPanel and CloudLinux will work together to support CloudLinux OS 6 for cPanel and WHM users until June 30, 2024.
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 would risk losing compliance with data and system certifications, such as SOC 2 and PCI DSS.
To mitigate this scenario and reduce maintenance burden for their communities, cPanel and CloudLinux will work together to support CloudLinux OS 6 for cPanel and WHM users until June 30, 2024.
“We are excited to work with CloudLinux to extend the lifecycle of CloudLinux OS 6,” said Ken Power, VP of Product Development for cPanel, L.LC. “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.”
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 would 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,” said Jim Jackson, President and CRO at CloudLinux. “It will provide a safe refuge for current RHEL 6 and CentOS 6 enterprises who need to remain secure and compliant.”
CloudLinux OS can be purchased for cPanel and WHM servers directly through the cPanel store, the Manage2 portal for cPanel partners, and through the WHM interface.