Red Hat Satellite 5 can group systems, content, and configuration into multiple and distinct organizations. This is useful for companies with multiple divisions, such a Finance, Marketing, Sales, and so forth. Each organization acts as an individually managed Satellite, each with their own configuration and system profiles. However, Satellite can share content (software channels) among multiple organizations.
Red Hat Satellite 5 also has the ability to synchronize content across multiple Satellite servers. This allows administrators to provide geographically dispersed Satellites that share the same software channels. For example, a company might have offices in three separate locations and each might require a Satellite, but synchronizing content from a chosen parent Satellite server.
Figure 2.4. Example Topology for Red Hat Satellite 5
All systems management operations occur on the Satellite to which they are registered.
Red Hat Satellite 6 takes a consolidated approach to Organization and Location management. System administrators define multiple Organizations and multiple Locations in a single Satellite server. For example, a company might have three Organizations (Finance, Marketing, and Sales) across three countries (United States, United Kingdom, and Japan). In this example, the Satellite server manages all Organizations across all geographical Locations, creating nine distinct contexts for managing systems. In addition, users can define specific locations and nest them to create a hierarchy. For example, Satellite administrators might divide the United States into specific cities, such as Boston, Phoenix, or San Francisco.
Figure 2.5. Example Topology for Red Hat Satellite 6
The main Satellite server retains the management function, while the content and configuration is synchronized between the main Satellite server and a Satellite Capsule assigned to certain locations.