HP offers first pre-configured Virtual Workstation
Renton, WA — June 1st, 2009 — Parallels announced today that it has expanded its relationship with HP to include an offering that combines the HP Z800 Workstation, which is based on the Intel® Xeon® 5500 series processor, with Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme and select NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS enabled Quadro FX graphics cards. The combined products will be available as a configure-to-order solution via standard HP Workstation channels and will be supported by both HP and Parallels.
Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme is the first high-end workstation virtualization solution to offer users near-native performance for resource-intensive applications. The product leverages key virtualization technologies from Intel, including VT-x for accelerated virtual CPU performance, VT-d for direct high performance NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics card and NIC assignment, and Extended Page Tables (EPT) for improved performance in memory management.
By offering the solution on pre-configured and validated workstations, HP and Parallels enable enterprises around the world to derive value from the exceptional performance of the HP Z800 Workstation and increased productivity through driving multiple workloads. When compared to running multiple older workstations, this new virtual workstation offering provides for a compelling return on investment.
"After several years of deep technical engineering collaboration by HP, Intel, NVIDIA and Parallels, the vision of delivering virtual workstations to the market is now a reality," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "Technical workstation users, from graphic designers to engineers in multiple disciplines around the world, can now leverage HP’s experience in delivering technically elegant solutions and robust services to support the deployment of Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme in their enterprise. At the same time, they can continue to count on Parallels to deliver new enhancements and innovations, such as adding support for Intel’s EPT technology, to even further blur the line between physical and virtual workstations."
"With the release of Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme, virtualization technologies are beginning to make a real impact on productivity and how users employ powerful workstations to create and visualize results," said Boyd Davis, Intel General Manager, Workstation Product Group. "Parallels Workstation Extreme and the HP Z800, based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series, use Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O to enable users to take full advantage of their digital workbench. These desk-side supercomputers can help engineers, animators, and other digital creators develop, test, simulate, and modify their ideas faster than ever before."
Availability and Pricing
The HP Z800 Workstation with NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800s and Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme is available now, and is expected to be available with the Quadro FX 4800s and FX 5800s next month. A typical HP Z800 Workstation configuration would include dual Intel Xeon processors, dual NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics cards, and appropriate RAM to support the various customer workloads across the host and guest operating systems. One year of support and maintenance for Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme is included with the product.
"Parallels is making workstation virtualization available for customers working in these environments, and the solution is only offered on an HP Workstation," said Jeff Wood, worldwide director of marketing, Workstations, HP. "The combination of these technologies built on our most powerful and expandable HP Z800 Workstation allows customers to dedicate system resources as needed and gain greater productivity across multiple operating systems and workloads."
For more information, video demonstrations, boxshots and screenshots of Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme, please visit: www.parallels.com/workstation/extreme. For pricing of pre-configured Z800 Workstations, please visit www.hp.com/go/workstations.
About Parallels — Optimized Computing
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 700 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com.