Parallels advances virtualization toward the mainstream with directed I/O and trusted execution on Intel Platforms
HERNDON, VA – September 17th, 2007 – Parallels, maker of award winning virtualization solutions for the Windows, Linux and Macintosh communities, announced today that it is collaborating with Intel, the world leader in microprocessor development, to deliver new usage models in Workstations and Clients, an effort designed to accelerate adoption of virtualization in production desktop environments. This collaboration will further enhance the value of Intel® vPro™ technology to the end customers.
Intel and Parallels are collaborating to make desktop virtualization an accepted and mainstream technology. The companies have a shared vision to deliver a desktop virtualization solution that is easy to use, flexible and simple to administer while providing high levels of security and performance. The companies are engaged at an engineering level to accelerate the development and implementation of key workstation and desktop technologies, including Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (Intel® VT-d) and Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT). The two companies will work together with major OEM hardware manufacturers and independent software vendors to develop virtualization-powered workstation and client computing solutions.
Intel and Parallels will be unveiling early results of their engineering collaboration by demonstrating Parallels virtualization technologies leveraging both Intel VT-d and Intel TXT at Intel Developer Forum, held this week in San Francisco. Parallels intends to become the industry’s first virtualization software vendor to provide support for VT-d and TXT in Clients and Workstations.
"Server virtualization has become increasingly popular over the past several years and we believe that client virtualization is on the verge of mainstream adoption, led by the desktop and workstation segments," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels parent company SWsoft. "By bringing Parallels virtualization technologies and the power of Intel’s new innovations to major workstation and desktop OEMs and ISVs, there is a tremendous opportunity to make client virtualization mainstream."
"Intel® vPro™ processor technology provides a secure and manageable business client platform", said Robert Crooke, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Business Client Group from Intel. "By working with industry-leading partners, like Parallels, Intel® Virtualization for Directed I/O and Intel® Trusted Execution Technologies can accelerate the flexibility and simplicity of securely managing business clients for the IT professional."
The Parallels/Intel Workstation and Client collaboration strengthens an existing relationship between Parallels and Intel. Intel Capital is an investor in Parallels parent company, SWsoft, and Parallels products were among the first virtualization products to fully support Intel® Virtualization Technology. Intel and Parallels have been technology collaborators since 2005.
Parallels, Inc., an SWsoft company, builds powerful, user-friendly, cost-effective server and workstation virtualization solutions for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. Headquartered in Renton, Washington, Parallels, Inc. is a global company that employs a rapidly-growing team of experienced technical and business professionals. For more information on Parallels and the Parallels/Intel Workstation and Client solutions, please visit www.parallels.com.
SWsoft is a global leader in virtualization and automation software that helps consumers, businesses, and service providers optimize their use of technology. The company's software powers more than 130,000 servers and 600,000 desktops worldwide. The SWsoft product line includes Virtuozzo - the leading operating system virtualization solution, Parallels - the leading desktop virtualization product, and Plesk - the leading server control panel. Founded in 1999, the company has offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.swsoft.com.