From the creators of the popular desktop virtualization software, Parallels, comes the beta version of hypervisor-powered virtualization solution Parallels Server , the first virtualization solution designed to run on Apple hardware. SWSoft, who are changing their name to Parallels, have included support for the newly updated Mac Pro and Xserve server, and the ability for Parallels Server to run multiple copies of Apple’s Leopard Mac OS X Server. Parallels Server runs on x86 or 64-bit Windows or Linux servers as well.
Parallels Server can be installed using the Parallels lightweight hypervisor, which lets virtual machines run in tandem with a primary operating system, or 'bare metal', in which virtual machines run independently and are not dependent on a host operating system to function properly. Users can choose between these two installation types at installation, making Parallels Server the only virtualization product of any kind to let its user choose their implementation at install.
The software supports an impressive list of over 50 different guest operating systems simultaneously in isolated virtual machines including Windows Server 2003 and 2008 "Longhorn", Red Hat Linux, SUSE Enterprise Linux, and Sun Solaris. Users running Parallels Server on Apple hardware can of course run Mac OS X Server in a virtual machine - a first for the industry.
Parallels Server was designed uniquely for small and medium businesses and departments of large enterprises which require less complex solutions in terms of management and deployment.
Other features of Parallels Server include:
* Support for up to 64 Gb of RAM on the host computer
* Full support for x64 primary and guest OSes, as well as 2-way SMP in virtual machines
* Multi-user access to the same virtual machine
* Completely open, fully scriptable APIs for customized management
* Full support for Intel VT-x, and experimental support for Intel VT-d
Parallels Server is currently in private beta testing, but the company is still accepting registrations for new beta testers. Better get on it, as this could be a hot commodity in the virtualization world. Go to the Parallels Server beta program website for more details about participating in the beta program.