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Parallels Launches XServe Virtualization

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Following up on yesterday's post about Apple in the enterprise, Parallels unveiled its Parallels Server for Mac this week in a bid to increase virtualization capabilities across Intel-based systems like the XServe and Mac Pro.

 

A cool $1,000 will get you up to 50 guest OSes, as long as they are OS X, most of the popular Linux releases, or the 32- or 64-bit versions of Windows. The software runs on top of the Mac OS for the time being. A bare metal version is due later.

 

The system also supports two-way and four-way multiprocessing, which, along with Intel's Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d), should boost the Mac's ability to handle heavy workloads.

 

For Mac environments, Parallels is the only server virtualization game in town, but probably not for much longer. VMware is said to be working on an XServe product to complement its Fusion desktop system, but no word yet on when it will hit the shelves.

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