CentOS 6 EOL Is Here: Know Your Options – OpenLogic

In this article, our expert explains the impact of CentOS 6 EOL and RHEL 6 EOL, and the options that teams have available now that these two Linux distributions are no longer supported by the community.

Keeping up with the end of life of your operating system is important for maintaining security compliance and upgrading to a new version brings many benefits. However, if you’re not ready to migrate out of CentOS 6 or RHEL 6, learn what you can do to keep your applications and systems secure.

CentOS 6 EOL Date

  • EOL Date
  • RHEL 6 What do CentOS 6 EOL

  • and RHEL 6 EOL
  • Should I Upgrade from CentOS 6 Mean?
  • Support options for CentOS 6

  • and RHEL
  • 6 Planning for CentOS 6 EOL When is CentOS 6 EOL? For maintenance releases,

  • CentOS 6

EOL was November 30, 2020. The full EOL update was on May 10, 2017.

When is


EOL was on November 30, 2020


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What CentOS 6 EOL and RHEL 6 EOL mean Now that

CentOS 6 and RHEL 6

are EOL, it means they will no longer receive security updates or bug fixes. This poses a major problem for organizations leveraging CentOS or RHEL. For organizations using

CentOS 6 or RHEL 6, there are two main options:Migrate or upgrade from CentOS 6

  1. or RHEL 6 to a supported version (such as CentOS 8).
  2. Explore another support option.

Should I upgrade from CentOS 6?

Upgrading from CentOS 6 to

a supported version is an option, but staying on CentOS 6 while on EOL creates additional risks and additional costs to speed up the upgrade.

CentOS 6 and RHEL 6 support options after EOL

Considering your support options for CentOS 6 and RHEL 6 now that they are both EOL? Here are your options.


for RHEL 6 support

Red Hat offers extended lifecycle support for RHEL 6, but it is expensive and somewhat limited in terms of support capabilities. This will leave many organizations’ operating systems open to security vulnerabilities. Is your organization wondering how it should proceed?

Those who are on RHEL 6 have a few options to choose from. Users can rush to have an upgrade, pay new costs for extended lifecycle support for Red Hat, or they can migrate to a later version of CentOS. One of the benefits of moving to CentOS is the ability to get support beyond Red Hat technical support.


for CentOS 6 extended support

OpenLogic offers similar support with CentOS that Red Hat offers with RHEL, but our team goes beyond the operating system layer and takes an architectural-level approach to addressing challenges. Your team can eliminate vendor costs and lock-in by adopting a truly open model.

When you choose OpenLogic for your CentOS 6 migration and extended support, you receive greater ease of use from CentOS-powered solutions, as well as architectural minimization of attack vectors. The OpenLogic team provides patches and software provided by the backport community and development guidance beyond CentOS. When looking to upgrade, the team provides a roadmap for future CentOS upgrades, all with SLAs guaranteed for support.

Plan for

CentOS 6 EOL today

Realize CentOS 6 EOL today with migration tips and support from OpenLogic experts


Our team consists of experienced architects with a minimum of 15 years of experience and knowledge working on production applications. We believe in and support the open source community development model, and that is reflected in our contributions to CentOS.

Our team creates and manages the official CentOS images for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. In the case of Azure, OpenLogic creates and maintains Microsoft’s official CentOS image. OpenLogic also supports CentOS on Google Cloud.

With OpenLogic you can trust that you will be working with an experienced architect with a wealth of experience solving complex CentOS and many other open source challenges.


support for CentOS 6 OpenLogic provides long-term support for CentOS 6 and RHEL 6,

while helping your team plan and complete a successful upgrade or migration with minimal risk


If you haven’t upgraded from RHEL or CentOS 6, OpenLogic can help protect your business against ongoing risks.

Connect with our CentOS experts, so we can help you determine a course of action that matches your business.


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