Virtualization and automation leader, Parallels today announced the launch of Parallels Server 4 for Mac, increasing the speed and reliability of virtual environments for small businesses.
Parallels Server 4 for Mac is the only virtualization solution optimized for Mac OS X server bringing consistent reliability and scale to Apple environments.
Parallels Server 4 for Mac consolidates multiple operating systems resulting in the ability to retire redundant hardware and extend existing capabilities. The result of consolidation means less physical space, less power consumption and less administration skills are needed to manage the server needs of the business.
Other significant upgrades include host and guest support for Snow Leopard as well as guest support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition, it now includes Apple xSAN support, VLANs, resource usage accounting, full and incremental backups, migration and conversion of virtual machines as well as express installations for Windows and Linux guests.
All of the advanced automation and management features of Parallels Virtual Automation are now available to the Parallels Server 4 for Mac installations including user self service, anytime/anywhere management and click to migrate capabilities.
"This release improves both speed and reliability for virtual environments on Apple server hardware," said Jack Zubarev, President of Parallels. "Parallels Server 4 for Mac is the only solution on the market built and optimized for Mac OS X Server. Additionally the integration with Parallels Virtual Automation enables a single management system for a wide variety of virtual environments and hardware."
Parallels Server 4 for Mac is a powerful, easy-to-use solution that provides the best value for organizations seeking to standardize and optimize their IT infrastructures.
Academic institutions have benefited greatly from the Parallels Server for Mac product. Their IT teams have been able to quickly deploy new applications to support educational programs without additional investment in hardware, networking and data center facilities.
"Parallels Server for Mac has played a pivotal role in our enterprise resource planning with the scalability and flexibility our fast paced environment demands" said Sasan Poureetezadi, Director of Computer Services at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University.
"The solution has given us the flexibility to deploy enterprise class solutions on-demand, under budget, and in record time."
Pricing and availability
Commercial pricing starts at $1,999 USD.
However, the upgrade is included at no additional cost to Parallels Server for Mac 3 customers on maintenance. Parallels Server for Mac 3 customers without maintenance will be offered an upgrade SKU at a special time limited offer. Upgrades are available now.
Parallels Server 4 for Mac will be available on July 2, 2010 from selected Apple stores, software resellers, from www.parallels.com and from Parallels’ US sales team.
Parallels is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and Cloud services providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with more than 700 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com