SWsoft Releases Beta of Parallels Server

by , 12:50 PM EST, January 9th, 2008

SWsoft announced on Wednesday the Beta release of its Parallels Server, a hypervisor-powered server virtualization solution. It is the first virtualization system designed to run on Apple servers, Mac Pro and Xserve, but also runs on any 64-bit server hardware running Windows or Linux.

Ben Rudolph, SWsoft's Director of Corp. Communications summarized the technical specifics for TMO and listed some of the firsts.

� Parallels server is designed from the ground up to be easy to use and with rich management tools to simplify deployment and management of VMs - effectively tackling cost and complexity, two of the biggest impediments to wide adoption of virtualization, especially in small to medium businesses.

� It's a key part of our new "Optimized Computing" vision. We'll be tightly integrating Parallels Server with our industry leading container virtualization solution, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, meaning you'll be able to manage both from a single interface, and eventually migrate a workload back and forth between a Parallels virtual server and a Virtuozzo container. This hybrid technology is something that only Parallels offers.

In terms of firsts, Mr. Rudolph said:

There are some key advantages to this kind of server environment. Users can run multiple OSes, in combinations, on a server, including multiple copies of Mac OS X server. This gives users the ability to create "sandboxed" Mac OS X Server virtual machines on in which they can test patches, new software, and experiment with new Apple hardware configurations, without compromising a production server. SWsoft also provides for control and managament of the VMs with the Parallels Management console.

Those wishing to participate in the Beta testing phase can register at their Website. SWsoft will soon be renamed "Parallels."