Parallels today announced enhancements to its server virtualization product portfolio to enable its network of cloud services partners to compliment their virtualized services with new offerings based on their just-released hypervisor technology.
Parallels currently supports more than one million cloud-based virtual environments in production through its existing Parallels Virtuozzo Containers technology and is building on this with the availability of Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal. The solution leverages the powerful hypervisor technology of Parallels’ desktop virtualization products, augmented for complex server environments to enable a range of use scenarios, from development and testing in the cloud to consolidating multiple operating systems on a single server.
Parallels Server Bare Metal integrates with Parallels Virtual Automation enabling cloud-providers to quickly and easily launch new services. The combined solution features full life-cycle service delivery management for virtualized services including provisioning, upgrades, monitoring, backup, customer self-service, and other components. Together, the Parallels virtualization solution gives public and private cloud providers the best time-to-market, lowest support and operations costs, and enables the widest range of virtualized offerings.
Parallels’ updated server virtualization suite includes the following products:
Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal
Parallels Server Bare Metal is a hypervisor-based product that supports a broad range of operating systems and applications; and enables a wide range of usage scenarios from development and testing to elastic cloud computing. The product leverages Parallels’ powerful hypervisor technology onto the server, offering a highly scalable architecture that supports up to 12 vCPUs, 64GB vRAM, 2TB vHDDs and 16 vNICs per virtual machine for intensive applications. In addition, Parallels has implemented several Intel specific processor capabilities, such as Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O, FlexPriority, Extended Page Tables and Virtual Processor Identification, to further enhance performance.
Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.5 for Windows
Parallels Virtuozzo Containers is the leading OS-virtualization solution, used in public and private clouds. The product dynamically partitions a single Windows or Linux operating system instance into fully isolated virtual environments or “containers” so dozens – or even hundreds – of workloads can safely run side-by-side on the same physical server. With Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.5 for Windows, Parallels has updated the product to offer Windows Server 2008 users the streamlined administration, near-native performance and high server consolidation ratios.
Parallels Virtual Automation 4.5 (formerly Parallels Infrastructure Manager)
Parallels Virtual Automation 4.5 is a comprehensive service automation and management tool that centralizes management of physical and virtual environments – including both containers and virtual machines – from a single unified console. Parallels Virtual Automation 4.5 is a full service delivery and lifecycle management tool allowing administrators to quickly and easily bring new nodes online, provision and de-provision virtual environments, apply templates, monitor resource utilization, and create workflows for self-service management. Through self-service and automation, administrators can lower costs and efficiently manage their infrastructure from anywhere. In addition, they can download or develop virtual appliances, virtual machines and templates, building a library to streamline the process of provisioning and configuring environments in the future.