Corporate Fact Sheet


Parallels® is a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and cross-platform solutions. Parallels began operations in 2000 and has developed into a fast-growing software company with more than 900 employees across offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Hosting and Cloud Services Enablement Business
Parallels makes it easier for service providers to grow and Profit from the Cloud™ with innovative service delivery software, expertise, and its partner ecosystem. More than 10,000 service providers rely on Parallels to deliver thousands of applications and cloud services to more than 10 million small and medium businesses (SMBs) in more than 130 countries. The company’s customers and partners include traditional Web hosters, communication service providers, value added resellers (VARs), distributors, and website designers.

The company’s flagship hosting and cloud services integration mechanism, Application Packaging Standard (APS), is a free and open industry standard that creates a simple and quick way for services providers to offer new applications and cloud services, including aggregated third-party applications and services. The APS ecosystem includes hundreds of independent software vendors (ISVs) who rely on Parallels service provider partners as additional channels to reach millions of SMBs.

Cross-Platform Business
Parallels cross-platform solutions make it possible and simple for consumers and businesses of all sizes to run and access applications they need on a variety of platforms. Parallels Desktop for Mac, the award-winning and No. 1-selling Mac desktop virtualization software with 90 percent market share, has shipped more than four million units¹. Parallels Desktop empowers enterprises, businesses, and consumers to run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting.

Parallels Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) enterprise solutions include the Parallels Management Suite plug-in for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), which makes SCCM 2007/2012 a universal and comprehensive cross-platform solution to manage Macs and PCs with ease. Additionally, Parallels is adding iOS and Android support to Parallels Management Suite to empower CIOs and IT professionals to easily manage PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices through one infrastructure management solution.

Key Products

Hosting and Cloud Services Enablement Business
Parallels Plesk® Panel – the industry's most widely deployed hosting automation and server control panel. This complete solution for smaller web-hosting companies and web designers enables them to manage all aspects of their business while allowing their SMB customers to easily access hundreds of commercial and open-source applications. More than 50,000 hosting providers and web-design firms rely on Parallels Plesk Panel to efficiently run their businesses.

Parallels Plesk Automation – a multi-server automation solution designed for hosters with the ambition to grow their hosting business beyond a single server. Parallels Plesk Automation delivers the power, performance, and scale to manage thousands of customers with exceptional usability.

Parallels Automation – a powerful hosting and cloud services delivery system used by hundreds of service providers worldwide, from the largest telecom operators in the world to top hosters and providers of vertical solutions. With Parallels Automation, service providers can deploy new services more quickly, reduce operational costs, and increase average revenue per user. Parallels Automation provides key operational functions of a service provider’s business, including: customer self-service, provisioning and orchestration, ordering and billing, and infrastructure management. Half of the top 20 communication service providers use Parallels Automation today to deliver hosting and cloud services to SMBs².

Parallels Cloud Server – transforms how service providers deliver the cloud. Parallels Cloud Server combines Parallels Cloud Storage with Parallels Containers and Parallels Hypervisor to dramatically improve server reliability, performance, and profitability.

Parallels Containers – an operating system virtualization solution that enables the most efficient and profitable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings through up-to-3x higher density of virtual servers than hypervisor solutions and reduced management and operation overhead. Parallels Containers is used by thousands of service providers to deliver a wide range of services, from simple virtual private servers to cloud computing and virtual data center services.

Parallels Presence Builder – the fastest, easiest way for small businesses to create professional-looking websites. Presence Builder includes thousands of custom site designs, a simple drag-and-drop interface, easy ecommerce and social media integration, site search tools, site analytics, and more.

Cross-Platform Applications Business
Parallels Desktop® for Mac – the No. 1-selling and award-winning solution empowers businesses and consumers to simultaneously run Windows and Mac applications, as well as other operating systems, on a Mac1. The Switch to Mac Edition also features more than two hours of video tutorials and a high-speed USB transfer cable to move everything users need from a PC to a Mac in just a few clicks. The Enterprise Edition supports simplified mass deployment and configuration, corporate policy and licensing compliance, change management, and more to meet the needs of IT professionals and business users.

Parallels Management Suite – now CIOs and IT professionals have a universal and comprehensive cross-platform solution to manage Macs and PCs with ease. The Parallels Management - Mac for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) plugin extends SCCM 2007/2012 infrastructure so IT departments can master Macs with existing processes and skills. Parallels is also adding iOS and Android management functionality to empower IT departments to simply manage PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices all through one pane of glass with their existing infrastructure.

Parallels Mobile – this mobile app lets Parallels Desktop for Mac users remotely access their Macs (and all their applications and files in OS X, Windows, and other virtual machines) from anywhere, via an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Key Facts

  • Began operations in 2000
  • 900+ employees worldwide
  • 4+ million units of Parallels Desktop for Mac sold worldwide
  • Serving 10,000+ service providers and 10+ million SMBs in 130+ countries



Corporate Communications and Cross-Platform Business, Public & Analyst Relations
John Uppendahl, juppendahl(at), +1-425-282-1734

Service Provider Public & Analyst Relations, Marketing Alliances
Nikolett Bacso, nbacso(at), +1-425-282-5982

Parallels, Parallels Desktop and Parallels Plesk are registered trademarks and Profit from the Cloud is a trademark of Parallels IP Holdings GmbH
1. NPD Techworld Reports Mac desktop virtualization software new retail unit sales U.S. 4/30/2013
2. Half of the top 20 communication service providers, based on revenue, use Parallels Automation today to deliver hosting and cloud services to SMBs 4/2013

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