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Parallels Server for Mac released

Virtualization company Parallels on Tuesday released Parallels Server for Mac, a new product that allows users to run virtual servers on any Intel-based Mac.

Parallels said there are many ways that server virtualization can integrate and help IT infrastructures. From consolidating server resources to supporting legacy operating systems, Parallels said virtualization has a place in today’s enterprise market.

One practical example that Parallels gave for the use of virtualization is software testing. Often times an IT manager will need to setup a completely new server system in order to test out software before deployment. Using virtualization this type of testing can be done without any additional hardware.

Parallels Server includes Virtual Support for 4-way Symmetric Multi-processing; support for ACPI BIOS, and support for up to 32GB of physical RAM; Support for Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT-x) technologies to take full advantage of hardware-assisted acceleration; and the ability to run any combination of more than 50 different x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) guest operating systems.

Parallels also includes an SDK that enables third party vendors to integrate Parallels Server support into their products. The SDK is the same one used by Parallels engineers to build the Parallels Management Console, the company said.  

Parallels Server for Mac is available immediately for $999 per system, running on an unlimited number of cores. Platinum and Gold Maintenance packages, which include free upgrades and priority support, are also available.

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