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RALEIGH, N.C. – Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) is taking virtualization to the desktop in its latest release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

In November, Red Hat launched a version of its virtualization product that permitted use of Red Hat Linux and Microsoft Windows in cloud computing environments.

The , which was announced Wednesday at the Red Hat Summit in Boston, is designed to extend the virtualization capability of running simultaneous operating systems to the desktop. (In other news from Boston, Cisco and Red Hat announced )

Adopters of the initial virtualization offering in cloud services include Fujitsu, IBM and NTT Communications, Red Hat said. Other recent customers include clients in Sweden and Sri Lanka.

“As enterprises look to move beyond initial server consolidation to a more pervasive datacenter-wide virtualization strategy, they are looking to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to provide leading scalability and economics,” said Navin Thadani, senior director of Virtualization Business at Red Hat, in a statement.

“Already experiencing traction with server and cloud deployments, the solution expands its reach today with the delivery of our desktop virtualization management capabilities to help more customers to break down the barriers to virtualization adoption," Thadani added.

According to Red Hat, the new release enables customers to operate a “single infrastructure” from desktops to servers through “hosted virtual desktop” configurations.

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