Parallels releases first Intel Mac server virtualization software
$999 per server allows for an unlimited number of CPU cores
Computerworld - Parallels Inc. on Tuesday released what appears to be the first application to enable Intel Mac servers to virtualize the Mac OS X operating system.
In development for more than a year, Parallels Server for Mac will let users of Apple Inc.'s Xserve and Mac Pro hardware to create virtual machines of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server, in conjunction with Windows and Linux virtual machines (VM).
The software, which costs $999 per server and allows for an unlimited number of CPU cores (maintenance is extra), could encourage businesses seeking the efficiency and reliability provided by virtualization to take a second look at previously overlooked Mac servers.
Last November, Apple relaxed its server licensing rules so that its Mac OS X Server 10.5 Leopard operating system could run in a VM, provided that each VM is matched with a discrete license and the server hardware it runs on is made by Apple.
Apple still forbids desktop and laptop versions of Mac OS X to be virtualized or run on non-Apple hardware.
Parallels' Mac client virtualization software, called Parallels Desktop for the Mac, has the early lead over VMware Fusion, due to strong reviews and its faster time to market.
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