Application Note

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6) Upgrade and Your ASTi System (#121)

ASTi has transitioned its Telestra and Voisus products to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 operating systems. This application note discusses questions related to RHEL 5-based operating system (OS) versions of Telestra and Voisus systems (i.e., Telestra systems running 4.XX version software and Voisus systems running 5.24 version software or earlier).

For more information about how this development affects you and your program, see the Telestra RHEL 6 Upgrade and Voisus RHEL 6 Upgrade FAQs below:


Telestra RHEL 6 Upgrade

What is ASTi's current production standard for Telestra software?

Unless otherwise requested, Telestra’s current production standard is RHEL 6.

What happens when the Telestra DIACAP ATO expires in February 2018?

ASTi has already begun the Bridge ATO & Risk Management Framework (RMF) ATO process. For additional information, contact support@asti-usa.com

What will the Telestra RHEL 6 upgrade cost?

If you are purchasing a new system, RHEL 6 is provided at no additional cost. If your system is over six months old, you must purchase an ASTi software update that includes RHEL 6. The update’s cost depends on length of service and your system’s capabilities. For pricing information, contact sales@asti-usa.com.

Note: RHEL 6 is automatically included as part of ASTi’s ongoing software and Information Assurance (IA) maintenance contract. However, the one-time IA Package option (SEC-TEL-0X, not the maintenance program) does not cover the Telestra RHEL 6 upgrade.

What’s the risk of updating my Telestra system to RHEL 6?

Updating to RHEL 6 includes Telestra software updates as well. However, the risk for having any operational issues with your Telestra system as a result of the update is low. The current RHEL 6 Telestra software release is nearly identical to the 4.48 RHEL 5 software release. In addition, ASTi has prepared internal tests, procedures, and quality assurance plans for this upgrade.

However, additional testing may be needed if you are updating from a much older release (e.g., version 4.23 or earlier) or you have used custom install scripts, non-ASTi supported OS modifications, etc. Please advise ASTi of your existing software version with your request for upgrade.

Will ASTi still support a RHEL 5 version of Telestra?

Yes, ASTi can still deliver and support existing RHEL 5-based software releases if needed. However, feature changes and enhancements are limited and may incur additional costs. To discuss changes to a Telestra RHEL 5 version software release, contact ASTi at support@asti-usa.com. Also note that Red Hat ceased production of RHEL 5 in March 2017 and has moved to a limited support model. For more information, see www.redhat.com.

When will ASTi upgrade Telestra to RHEL 7?

ASTi’s current production plan is to release a RHEL 7 version of Telestra in 2018. This timeline allows DISA to develop and release the RHEL 7 Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG) benchmark content. If RHEL 7 is an immediate and/or necessary program requirement, please contact ASTi at support@asti-usa.com to discuss.


Voisus RHEL 6 Upgrade

What is ASTi's current production standard for Voisus software?

Voisus' current production standard is RHEL 6. The RHEL 6-based OS is part of the approved Voisus DIACAP ATO enclave.

Note: ASTi transitioned Voisus to RHEL 6 with version 5.25; as a result, versions 5.25 and higher do not need an upgrade.

What happens when the Voisus DIACAP ATO expires in February 2018?

ASTi has already begun the Bridge ATO and RMF ATO process. For additional information, contact support@asti-usa.com.

What will the Voisus RHEL 6 upgrade cost?

If you are purchasing a new system or your current system is version 5.25 or later, you are already running RHEL 6. If your system is running 5.24 or earlier, you must purchase an ASTi software update that includes RHEL 6. The update’s cost depends on length of service and your system’s capabilities. For pricing information, contact sales@asti-usa.com.

What’s the risk of updating my Voisus system to RHEL 6?

Updating to RHEL 6 also includes Voisus software updates. However, the risk of having any operational issues with your Voisus system as a result of the update is low. The current 5.27 RHEL 6 Telestra software release is nearly identical to the 5.24 RHEL 5 software release. In addition, ASTi has prepared internal tests, procedures, and quality assurance plans for this upgrade. Additional testing may be needed, however, if you are updating from a much older release (e.g., version 5.16) or you have used custom install scripts, non-ASTi supported OS modifications, etc. Please advise ASTi of your existing software version with your request for an upgrade.

Will ASTi still support a RHEL 5 version of Voisus?

Yes, ASTi can still deliver and support existing RHEL 5-based release versions if needed. However, feature changes and enhancements are limited and will likely incur additional costs. To discuss changes to a Voisus RHEL 5 version software release, contact ASTi at support@asti-usa.com. Also note that Red Hat ceased production of RHEL 5 in March 2017 and has moved to a limited support model. For more information, see www.redhat.com.

When will ASTi upgrade Voisus to RHEL 7?

ASTi’s current production plan is to release a RHEL 7 version of Voisus in 2018. This timeline allows DISA to develop and release the RHEL 7 STIG benchmark content.

If RHEL 7 is an immediate and/or necessary program requirement, please contact ASTi at support@asti-usa.com to discuss further.