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Parallels, Inc.
Privately held company
Industry Computer software
Genre Virtualization and Hosting Automation
Founded 1999
Headquarters Renton, Washington, USA[1]
Key people Serguei Beloussov, Chairman
Birger Steen, CEO
Products Parallels Desktop for Mac
Parallels Virtuozzo Containers
Parallels Plesk Panel
Parallels Business Automation - Standard
Parallels Business Automation - Enterprise
Parallels Operations Automation
Parallels Virtual Automation
Revenue US$ 100 million (2008) [2]
Employees 900+ (as of Dec. 2012) [3]

Parallels, Inc. is a privately held virtualization technology company with offices in the USA, Germany, UK, France, Japan, China, Russia, Australia and Ukraine. Parallels headquarters is in Renton, Washington. The company has more than 900 employees as of 2013.

Parallels, Inc. was an SWsoft company until January 2008;[4] each company operated as a separate entity and maintained its own distinct branding. In December 2007, Parallels' parent company SWsoft announced its plans to change its name to Parallels and ship both companies' products under the Parallels name.[5] The merger was formalized in January 2008.[6] Parallels has development centers in Moscow and Novosibirsk.[7]

Company history

  • 2004 – SWsoft acquires Parallels, Inc.[8]
  • 2005 – Parallels, Inc. officially launches
    • September 7 – Parallels launches beta version of Workstation for Windows and Linux 2.0[9]
    • December 8 - Parallels launches the completed version of Parallels Workstation for Windows and Linux 2.0[10]
  • 2006 - Parallels announces itself as an official company
    • April 6 – Parallels launches its first beta build of Parallels Desktop for Mac[11]
    • June 15 – Parallels officially launches Parallels Desktop for Mac[12]
    • July 18 – Parallels Desktop for Mac debuts in retail stores[13]
    • September - Parallels moves its corporate headquarters from Herndon, Virginia to Renton, Washington
  • 2007
    • Netsys lawsuit (see Parallels Desktop for Mac for details).
    • June - Announces Parallels Server for Mac at WWDC
    • April 26 - Announces Parallels Technology Network [14]
  • 2008
    • January - SWsoft merges into Parallels to become one company under the Parallels branding.[4]
    • January 11 - Parallels acquires ModernGigabyte, LLC.[15][16]
    • June 17 - Parallels officially launches the first version of Parallels Server for Mac[17]
    • September 1 - Parallels releases Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows and Linux[18]
    • November 11 - Parallels releases Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac[19]
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
    • May 11 - Parallels releases Parallels Server for Mac 4.0 Mac mini Edition[22]
    • May 18 - Parallels releases Parallels Transporter[23]
    • August 9 - Parallels releases Parallels Workstation 6 Extreme[24]
    • September 1 - Parallels releases Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac[25]
    • September 1 - Parallels releases Parallels Mobile for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch[26]
    • November 8 - Parallels releases Parallels Workstation 6[27]
  • 2012
  • 2013
    • January 31 - Parallels launches Parallels Management -- Mac for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (1.0)
    • August 27 - Parallels announces Parallels Access app for iPad
    • August 27 - Parallels releases Parallels Management -- Mac for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2.0
    • August 29 - Parallels announces upgrade availability for Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac.
    • September 5 - Parallels announces full version availability for Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac.


Parallels uses Intel Core's virtualization technology to allow the virtual machine direct access to the host computer's processor. Much of Parallels' software is based on a lightweight hypervisor architecture, which provides the guest operating system direct access to the computer's hardware. Each Parallels virtual machine functions like a real computer with its own processor, RAM, floppy, CD drives, harddrive and tools.

Desktop software

Parallels is best known for its Intel-based Mac product Parallels Desktop for Mac. First released June 25, 2006, Parallels Desktop for Mac is a hardware emulation virtualization software that uses a lightweight hypervisor to enable users to run Windows, Linux and other operating systems simultaneously with Mac OS X on their Intel based Macs.

First released December 8, 2005, Parallels Workstation enables users to create multiple, independent virtual machines on one PC. Workstation consists of a virtual machine suite for Intel x86-compatible computers (running Microsoft Windows or Linux), which allows the simultaneous creation and execution of multiple x86 virtual machines. Workstation supports hardware x86 virtualization technologies such as Intel VT-x.


On August 27, 2013, Parallels released Parallels Access, an app for iPad that allows remote connectivity to Mac and Windows computers (and applications) with native gestures, even for apps not optimized for iPad.

Server software

First released June 17, 2008, Parallels Server for Mac is a hypervisor-based server virtualization software that enables IT managers to run multiple Windows, Linux and Mac OS X Server operating systems on a single Mac Xserve.[28] As of its release, it is currently the only server virtualization solution for the Mac OS X server platform and that allows users to virtualize Mac OS X Leopard Server. Parallels Server for Mac was discontinued in August 2012.

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers is an operating system-level virtualization product designed for large-scale homogeneous server environments and data centers. Parallels Virtuozzo Containers is compatible with x86, x86-64 and IA-64 platforms. Parallels Virtuozzo Containers was first released under Parallels' former parent company SWsoft. The Linux version was released in 2001 while the Windows version was released in 2005.

Automation software

Parallels Plesk Control Panel allows a server administrator to set up new websites, e-mail accounts, and DNS entries through a friendly web-based interface. Parallels Plesk Control Panel for Linux/UNIX supports multiple POSIX platforms, including Red Hat Linux/Fedora, SUSE, Debian/Ubuntu and FreeBSD. Parallels Plesk Control Panel for Windows supports Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. Parallels Automation System allows businesses to increase productivity and revenue by automating billing and provisioning of their services.

Parallels Operation Automation is an enterprise solution/platform for Hosting Providers which automates provisioning of new hosting subscriptions to the hardware. Supports provisioning of Apache and IIS hosted websites, VPS hosting, Qmail, Open-Xchange and MS Exchange for mail hosting, as well as supports Sharepoint, Dynamics CRM, email filtering and Global Relay email archiving & compliance. Hosting Vendor adds new hardware nodes into POA infrastructure and basing on configuration templates sets up provisioning of Customer's Subscriptions to the new hardware.

Parallels Business Automation - Enterprise is an enterprise billing platform usually used along with POA to manage and automate billing for services provisioned through POA. Allows to configure the Store, Service Plans with prices, discounts, promotions. Supports registration of domains by means of number of special plugins. Might be used as billing engine for any other platform via API integration.

See also


External links

  • Parallels, Inc.
  • Enterprise Desktop Alliance
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