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Parallels Server for Mac 4 is optimized for Mac OS X

What's the first thing that pops into your head when I say the word "virtualization"? I'd bet that most of you reading this would say, "VMware." The company didn't "invent" the technology, but VMware did bring virtualization to the x86 market and made it famous and fashionable in the 2000s. And no, it wasn't the only company trying to peddle virtualization wares in 2000, but it did become the technology's Kleenex and Xerox (at least to my mind) and grow into the 800-pound gorilla that keeps everyone talking.

But in 2009 and 2010 the virtualization competition really heated up, with big-name vendors entering into the mix like never before. Whether you are interested in virtualization or not, most technically savvy folks are well aware of companies in this space like Citrix, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, and Red Hat. But some of those people might not know about a company called Parallels.

The company is not new -- in fact, it is quite popular in the cloud and hosting market. Parallels has roots in another virtualization company called SWsoft (its once-upon-a-time parent company) which went back as far as the late 1990s and focused on containers. In 2008, SWsoft changed its name to Parallels and began merging and rebranding its product lines accordingly. The company has its corporate hands in everything from server, desktop, and operating system (containers) virtualization all the way up into automation of the cloud.

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Read the rest of my InfoWorld Virtualization Report article.

Published Friday, July 02, 2010 6:20 AM by David Marshall
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