Parallels announces Parallels Server for the Mac

By Justin Mann on June 16, 2008, 2:39 PM
Parallels, a virtualization suite geared towards letting Windows software run on the Mac, has received an update. Today, the company announced that the Parallels Server for Mac is now available. This marks a move out of a beta-only phase, now being offered with Leopard support and a SDK. The software is capable of some neat tricks, including running Leopard as both a Guest and a Host.

The software is not cheap, with a retail tag of $999. Their licensing does not take multi-core processors into consideration, limiting your ability to use it on multi-core systems. As such they are definitely not aiming it at desktop users, but rather at Enterprise development environments. They see the suite as furthering Mac server adoption in enterprises, something that is currently a very small market. The software is capable of supporting up to 32GB of RAM, which can easily be chewed through if running a handful of operating systems on a single machine. You can read the full press release in the comments section.




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Parallels Server for Mac Now AvailableThe industry’s first virtualization solution for Apple servers includes Mac OS X Leopard Server virtualization supportRENTON, Wash., June 17th, 2008 – Parallels announced today that Parallels Server for Mac, the world’s first server virtualization solution for Intel-powered Apple systems, is now available. Parallels Server for Mac is a powerful and easy-to-use hypervisor solution for server virtualization that provides a great value for cost conscious organizations seeking to standardize and optimize their IT infrastructures. It can run on any Intel-powered Apple hardware, including the Xserve and Mac Pro, running OS X Leopard Server and comes to market after a successful worldwide beta testing program involving Mac, Windows and Linux server professionals.Enterprises of all sizes can use Parallels Server for Mac to seamlessly standardize on the Mac platform and integrate into existing IT infrastructures. It can be used to effectively consolidate server resources, consolidate and support legacy OSes and applications, streamline server and application deployment, reduce maintenance and management, simplify software testing and development, and optimize server and application availability.“Parallels Server for Mac opens the door for virtualization on Apple servers and represents an important step in delivering on our ‘Optimized Computing’ vision by adding hypervisor-based server virtualization,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. “Parallels Server for Mac will be a catalyst in driving Mac server adoption in the enterprise, as it is the first product ever to enable IT professionals and developers to capitalize on the power of OS X Server while keeping the flexibility to run Windows and Linux workloads.""Leopard Server is easy to set up and includes innovative features such as Podcast Producer and iCal Server that you can't find in other major operating systems," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Now, Parallels Server makes the combination of Leopard Server and Xserve even more appealing to IT departments considering a switch to the Mac."Parallels Server for Mac includes industry-first support for OS X Leopard Server as a guest operating system in a virtual machine. Running OS X Leopard Server in a virtual machine enables Mac server administrators to run multiple, isolated workloads on a single OS X Leopard Server-powered Xserve, providing the ability to test and sandbox with more agility than ever before.Parallels Server includes a wide range of enterprise-class features, such as:– Virtual Support for 4-way Symmetric Multi-processing (SMP), which lets users assign up to 4 virtual cores to a virtual machine for exceptional performance under heavy workloads. 2-way SMP is also supported, giving users an unsurpassed level of virtual machine customization.– The inclusion of key next-generation technologies such as an ACPI BIOS, and support for up to 32GB of physical RAM.– Support for Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel VT-x) technologies to take full advantage of hardware-assisted acceleration.– A fully Scriptable Multi-client Parallels Management Console that lets users manages virtual and physical servers locally and remotely. The Parallels Management Console’s APIs are completely open and scriptable with Python, enabling administrators to automate common server tasks straight from the command line.– An Integrated Toolset that enhances and simplifies the user experience. The toolset includes: Parallels Tools, a set of helpful utilities that make working with virtual servers easier and more productive; Parallels Transporter, a built-in, assistant driven physical to virtual (P2V) and virtual to virtual (V2V) migration tool; and the Parallels Image Tool, which lets users modify settings of their virtual hard disk.– The ability to run any combination of more than 50 different x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) guest operating systems, including the just released Windows Server 2008 in secure, high-performing virtual machines.– A Powerful SDK that enables third party vendors to integrate Parallels Server support into their products. The SDK is the same one used by Parallels engineers to build the Parallels Management Console. A full list of features and specifications is available at www.parallels.com/server.
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