SWsoft, create of Virtuozzo Containers and Parallels Desktop, has just announced the availability of Parallels Server Beta.
From the official Parallels Server Beta announcement:
Parallels Server is the first virtualization solution designed to run on Apple hardware, including Mac Pros and Xserves, and the first to run multiple copies of Mac OS X Server v10.5 Leopard on a single Apple computer. Parallels Server also runs on any x86 or 64-bit Windows or Linux-based server.
Parallels Server can be installed using the Parallels lightweight hypervisor, in which virtual machines run in tandem with a primary operating system, or 'bare metal', in which virtual machines run independently and are not dependent on a host operating system to function properly. At installation, users can choose to load Parallels Server in either the lightweight hypervisor mode or bare-metal mode. Parallels Server is the only virtualization product of any kind to afford users the flexibility to choose their implementation during installation.
Key Features in the Parallels Server beta:
- The ability to run any combination of more than 50 different x86 and x64 guest operating systems in secure, high-performing virtual machines, plus the option to run virtual machines in the headless mode via a "bare metal" hypervisor
- Parallels Server's industry-first capability to simultaneously run multiple copies of Mac OS X Server, Windows Server and Linux on the same Xserver
- Running Parallels Server on Apple hardware gives users the industry-first option to run Mac OS X Server in a virtual machine
- Support for up to 64Gb of RAM on the host computer
- Full support for x64 primary and guest OSes, as well as 2-way SMP in virtual machines. The final release version will support up to 4-way SMP
- Support for ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) in virtual machines
- Completely open, fully scriptable APIs for customized management
- Full support for Intel VT-x, and experimental support for Intel VT-d
Parallels Server is currently in private beta testing, and the company is accepting registrations for new beta testers. For details about participating in the beta program, go to www.parallels.com/support/beta.