Following a two-week delay, Red Hat is prepping the next release of their Enterprise Linux distribution for a little over a week from now. RHEL 5 is scheduled for release on March 14th, bringing with it a host of new tools that make it an attractive option for companies. Most notably, it will include the integration of the Xen virtualization environment, marking the first production release for RHEL to include it. It'll also come stock with front ends to make clustering possible, support for quad-core 64-bit processors and more.

Virtualization is what every big hardware and software manufacturer is pushing for, from AMD and Intel to Microsoft and Red Hat, so likely we'll see other distributions and other server platforms soon emerge with similar offerings.