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Red Hat Linux 5.1 supports integrated server virtualization

Red Hat has made available Enterprise Linux 5.1 with integrated virtualization. This release provides a platform for clients and software developers that support standalone systems, virtualized systems, appliances and Web-scale "cloud" computing environments.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux's deployment flexibility allows clients to deploy a single platform, virtual or physical, small or large, throughout their enterprise by providing one platform that spans the broadest range of x86, x86-64, POWER, Itanium and mainframe servers, regardless of size, core count or capacity. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 provides enhanced support for virtualization of Microsoft Windows guests, providing performance improvements for Windows XP, Windows Server 2000, 2003 and Windows 2008 beta guests.

Red Hat works closely with its hardware partners to lead the industry in providing support for new hardware features, an advantage unique to the open source development model.

Enterprise Linux virtualization includes the ability to perform live migration, allowing clients to seamlessly move running applications from one server to another, maximizing resource usage in the face of changing business requirements. The platform includes high-availability clustering, storage virtualization and failover software to provide enhanced levels of application availability, for both physical and virtual servers.

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