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Parallels announced that the latest version of its container-based server virtualization software -- Parallels Virtuozzo Containers -- is now generally available. Version 4.0 includes enhancements and features designed to improve usability, data center management and business continuity. "The ever-changing needs of today's enterprise data centers call for a virtualization solution that is flexible and delivers high performance," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "With the release of Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0, we are launching the next wave of virtualization, including a suite of products that help IT administrators effectively manage their growing virtual infrastructures." Beloussov continued that Parallels customers are already doing large-scale virtualization deployments, including service provider data centers and software-as-a-service applicatio... (more)

A Developing Country That Can Teach Hawaii an IT Strategy Lesson

IT Strategy on Ulitzer Vietnam is in the process of upgrading the entire country’s IT system. With support from organizations such as the World Bank, Vietnam is rebuilding not only physical infrastructure, but also starting from the ground up building new IT systems – including a large scale virtualization strategy. Hawaii may not be so progressive. The first line of an Associated Press story on Hawaii’s lack of a functional IT strategy goes like this: “In many ways Hawaii’s government runs its computers like the Internet age hardly happened.” (AP) The story goes on to expose Hawaii’s lack of IT policy, the fact they are using old systems, a mixture of Apple and PCs for individual users, have a 1960s version of disaster recovery (offsite physical diskette storage), and other parallels with industry that add more discouraging evidence to Hawaii’s IT shortfalls. Sens... (more)

Desktop Virtualization and Cloud Services

"Virtualization is a key product for Parallels. Today everybody has more work to do than they have time, so if we can make certain tasks a little more efficient for users that's a productivity solution," states K. Michaels of Parallels, in this SYS-CON.TV interview with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan at the 9th International Cloud Expo, held Nov 7-10, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. A Rock Star Faculty, Top Keynotes, Sessions, and Top Delegates! Cloud Expo New York, June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, November 5-8, 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world. The growth and success of Cloud Computing will be on display at the up... (more)

Parallels Automation Software Adds Support for Google Message Filtering

Service providers that use Parallels Automation software can now easily deliver real-time spam and virus filtering, attack blocking, and e-mail traffic monitoring using a Google Apps security and compliance package. Parallels Automation is integrated with the Google Message Filtering e-mail offering, so service providers can streamline delivery of hosted services to their customers and provide automated billing and provisioning of the Google services through Parallels. "The Google Message Filtering integration with Parallels Automation makes it easy for service providers to offer their customers an advanced security solution that requires minimal resources to deploy," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "This new offering is another example of how the Parallels Open Platform is helping service providers add software-as-a-service (SaaS) capabilities to address ... (more)

Parallels Virtualization Desktop Surpasses One Million Units Worldwide

Parallels announced that its Parallels Desktop for Mac has sold more than one million copies. The software enables Mac users to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Apple computer.  Parallels Desktop for Mac’s success has made Parallels noted in desktop virtualization. The software is available in 10 languages -- Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Spanish. "Parallels Desktop not only broke down the barrier between the Mac and PC worlds, it also broke down the barrier that kept desktop virtualization from becoming a mainstream technology for consumers and professional users," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "We will continue innovating to extend our position as the desktop virtualization leader and provide our users ... (more)

Open-Xchange to Deliver Collaboration Solution with Parallels Virtualization

Open-Xchange and Parallels are integrating Open-Xchange open source email and collaboration software with Parallels technology to deliver a cost-effective, enterprise-class alternative to commercial email and collaboration products at a competitive price. The products, which will be fully integrated with Parallels Automation solutions, will be offered to end-users via hosting and service providers. Parallels and Open-Xchange are creating connectors for Open-Xchange Hosting Edition into Parallels Plesk Control Panel and Parallels Business Automation, enabling hosting and service providers to deploy and run Open-Xchange seamlessly in combination with Parallels' automation tools via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. "Our work with Open-Xchange advances Parallels' Open Platform initiative to provide customers with a common platform to manage and automate service d... (more)

Parallels Virtualization Server for Mac Now Available

Parallels announced that Parallels Server for Mac, a 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 a... (more)

Cloud Computing with ProServe and Parallels Virtuozzo

Parallels announced that ProServe has selected Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 to deliver a cost-efficient and scalable Online Backup solution via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. Parallels Virtuozzo Containers provides the virtualization technology for ProServe’s Virtual Online Backup Server (VOBS) offering. By using Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, ProServe is able to deliver an on-line backup solution with the necessary performance, cost-efficiency, scalability and isolation required for their VOBS offered in a SaaS delivery model. SaaS provides end users with the ability to use software applications without the upfront investment in hardware and licensing and without the ongoing maintenance issues associated with maintaining a 24x7 service. Parallels virtualization and automation solutions enable service providers and ISVs to deliver web application... (more)

Running in Parallel with Parallels

The recent Parallels Summit 2009 in Las Vegas appeared to be a successful event that was well received by industry attendees, independent software development managers and, perhaps quite crucially, the partners who decided to attend in this time of economic uncertainty. Big names such as Microsoft and Intel shared floor space alongside smaller lesser-known vendors such as FuseMail and Doctor Web. Refreshingly, those companies that did choose to come along appeared to suffer from less of the infighting and backstabbing that may have existed as recently as a year ago in the virtualization market. The initial dust seems to have settled on this arguably still somewhat nascent and emerging market sector and real solutions are being built to take tangible advantage of server consolidation efficiencies and managed hosted software delivery services. Here's a snapshot of what... (more)

Gladwell, Basketball, and Music

I was discussing the recent Malcom Gladwell basketball piece with a friend of mine. In this recent piece, published in the New Yorker, the writer and a guy he interviewed draw a parallel between basketball strategy and the biblical tale of David and Goliath. My friend told me that he's developed a similar insight, one with a parallel between music and the biblical story of Moses receiving The Ten Commandments. My friend grew up in a place not familiar with Western musical tradition or with the Bible, so naturally views his complete lack of knowledge as an opportunity to bring fresh insight to these topics. His insight came to him while he was watching me play a moderately difficult piano composition, the Chopin Ballade #3 in A-flat major. He had several thought-provoking questions. Why are you using the black keys disproportionately here?, he asked. There are about 20% ... (more)

IGEL and Quest Software Advance Virtual Desktop Management by Integrating Quest vWorkspace into IGEL Universal Desktops

Companies Partner to Integrate the Quest vWorkspace Client into the Full Line of IGEL Universal Desktop Thin Clients Reading, UK. - November 5th, 2009 - IGEL Technology, the world's third largest thin client vendor (2008 by revenue, IDC), today announced a worldwide partnership agreement with Quest Software for the inclusion of the Quest vWorkspace client into all IGEL Universal Desktop firmware. The integration of Quest vWorkspace will allow IGEL customers to benefit from the most comprehensive capabilities for provisioning, deploying and managing enterprise desktop infrastructures through a secure and easy-to-manage thin client. Quest vWorkspace is a platform independent, virtual application and desktop delivery solution. It aggregates applications and virtual desktops from multiple virtualization platforms, through a single access point. vWorkspace delivers ent... (more)