Parallels Server for Mac

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  1. simie macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2004
    Parallels Server for Mac Now Available

    June 17, 2008
    The industry’s first virtualization solution for Apple servers includes Mac OS X Leopard Server virtualization support
    RENTON, Wash., June 17th, 2008 – Parallels announced today that Parallels Server for Mac, the world’s first server virtualization solution for Intel-powered Apple systems, is now available. Parallels Server for Mac is a powerful and easy-to-use hypervisor solution for server virtualization that provides a great value for cost conscious organizations seeking to standardize and optimize their IT infrastructures. It can run on any Intel-powered Apple hardware, including the Xserve and Mac Pro, running OS X Leopard Server and comes to market after a successful worldwide beta testing program involving Mac, Windows and Linux server professionals.
    Enterprises of all sizes can use Parallels Server for Mac to seamlessly standardize on the Mac platform and integrate into existing IT infrastructures. It can be used to effectively consolidate server resources, consolidate and support legacy OSes and applications, streamline server and application deployment, reduce maintenance and management, simplify software testing and development, and optimize server and application availability.
    “Parallels Server for Mac opens the door for virtualization on Apple servers and represents an important step in delivering on our ‘Optimized Computing’ vision by adding hypervisor-based server virtualization,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. “Parallels Server for Mac will be a catalyst in driving Mac server adoption in the enterprise, as it is the first product ever to enable IT professionals and developers to capitalize on the power of OS X Server while keeping the flexibility to run Windows and Linux workloads."
    "Leopard Server is easy to set up and includes innovative features such as Podcast Producer and iCal Server that you can't find in other major operating systems," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Now, Parallels Server makes the combination of Leopard Server and Xserve even more appealing to IT departments considering a switch to the Mac."
    Parallels Server for Mac includes industry-first support for OS X Leopard Server as a guest operating system in a virtual machine. Running OS X Leopard Server in a virtual machine enables Mac server administrators to run multiple, isolated workloads on a single OS X Leopard Server-powered Xserve, providing the ability to test and sandbox with more agility than ever before.
    Parallels Server includes a wide range of enterprise-class features, such as:
    • Virtual Support for 4-way Symmetric Multi-processing (SMP), which lets users assign up to 4 virtual cores to a virtual machine for exceptional performance under heavy workloads. 2-way SMP is also supported, giving users an unsurpassed level of virtual machine customization.
    • The inclusion of key next-generation technologies such as an ACPI BIOS, and support for up to 32GB of physical RAM.
    • Support for Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel VT-x) technologies to take full advantage of hardware-assisted acceleration.
    • A fully Scriptable Multi-client Parallels Management Console that lets users manages virtual and physical servers locally and remotely. The Parallels Management Console’s APIs are completely open and scriptable with Python, enabling administrators to automate common server tasks straight from the command line.
    • An Integrated Toolset that enhances and simplifies the user experience. The toolset includes: Parallels Tools, a set of helpful utilities that make working with virtual servers easier and more productive; Parallels Transporter, a built-in, assistant driven physical to virtual (P2V) and virtual to virtual (V2V) migration tool; and the Parallels Image Tool, which lets users modify settings of their virtual hard disk.
    • The ability to run any combination of more than 50 different x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) guest operating systems, including the just released Windows Server 2008 in secure, high-performing virtual machines.
    • A Powerful SDK that enables third party vendors to integrate Parallels Server support into their products. The SDK is the same one used by Parallels engineers to build the Parallels Management Console.
    A full list of features and specifications is available at
    Pricing and Availability
    Parallels Server for Mac is available immediately at a standard retail price of $999/ £620/ €860 per system, running on an unlimited number of cores. Platinum and Gold Maintenance packages, which include free upgrades and priority support, are also available for purchase. Parallels Server for Mac will be available via the Parallels worldwide network of channel partners.
    To find a reseller or distributor, visit
    Licenses can also be purchased directly from the Parallels online store at
    About Parallels – Optimized Computing
    Parallels is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses and service providers across all major hardware, operating system and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    So if I'm reading this correctly this will let you run Leopard server in a virtualised environment on an Intel based Mac?

    I thought the EULA of OS X expressly forbid this, has this changed?
  3. simie thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2004
    Apple's Leopard Server EULA moves closer to Microsoft's virtual abilities

    By Jeremy Reimer | Published: November 04, 2007 - 10:39PM CT
    In the last few years, virtual machines have gone from an interesting intellectual exercise and shortcut for testing software to a powerful method of optimizing the power and performance of server hardware. With everyone from Microsoft to IBM to various Linux vendors jumping on board the VM bandwagon, Apple stood alone in giving virtualization the cold shoulder: the end-user license agreements for Mac OS X were very specific: one Macintosh, one copy of the OS. All this has changed with the release of Leopard Server, which now allows virtualization. The specific phrase in the EULA is this: "You may also install and use other copies of Mac OS X Server Software on the same Apple-labeled computer, provided that you acquire an individual and valid license from Apple for each of these other copies of Mac OS X Server Software." Unfortunately for VM fans, the desktop version of Leopard does not have this wording added.
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    Technically, of course, it has always been possible to run the Intel release of OS X in a virtual machine: hackers had OS X 10.4 "Tiger" running under VMWare shortly after Apple released Intel-based Macintoshes. Legally, however, the EULA has always prevented any version of OS X from running under a VM. This has limited the usefulness of Apple's rack-mounted Xserve hardware. Dave Schroeder of the University of Wisconsin - Madison told TidBITS that "for a variety of reasons, some technical and some organizational, we need to have individual Xserves hosting distinct instances of Mac OS X Server. Often, these individual modern servers are greatly underutilized. With virtualization, we could more effectively manage our computing resources and combine several of these Mac OS X Server environments into virtual environments on one server."
    At the moment, however, running Leopard Server in a VM will require a virtual machine environment that can support the software. Ben Rudolph, director of corporate communications for Parallels, said that his company was working closely with Apple and will make public an update that will allow Leopard Server to run "as quickly as possible." VMWare is also working to add support for OS X Server to their products.
    With the change to the EULA, has Apple caught up to Microsoft in terms of the VM-ability of its operating systems? In a word, no. Microsoft updated its EULAs last month to allow unlimited copies of Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter and the upcoming Server 2008 Datacenter editions to run on a single server with only one license. To compare:

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