Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS 5 reaches end-of-life at the end of March, 2017. This means that maintenance will cease, and there will be no further updates to any software installed via vendor packages.
Although this change has no immediate effect on current services hosted by Anchor, it does mean that Anchor or any other hosting provider, can no longer make the same security guarantees. This means that any future vulnerabilities, detected in packaged software or the core operating system, will not be patched.
Anchor recommends that anyone still running these, or any previous versions, should migrate to a new machine running a supported operating system, such as CentOS 7, which is the current stable release. This process involves building a new machine, testing and migrating all of the applications, and then decommissioning the old machine. This upgrade conversation should not only involve your host but also your developer, as it is likely to have far-reaching effects, including application level changes.
For new or current Anchor customers, please contact us, if you have any further questions or are interested in migrating a new machine.
If you are in need of a new machine, it may be time to have the conversation about the switch to the cloud. For more information on this, please check out our new plans and info on our website or give us a call on 02 8296 5155.