According to the company rivaling VMware on the virtualization front, Parallels Server for Mac 4.0 Mac mini Edition enables businesses to turn any Mac mini Server into a multi-purpose platform capable of running not only Mac OS X, but also Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems simultaneously.
Since it makes it simple to provide mission-critical software on cheap Mac minis, Parallels says the program is tailored specifically to cater to small businesses that need to consolidate a few servers.
Commenting on the new release, Kim Johnston, vice president of marketing at Parallels, said, “Businesses are increasingly taking advantage of the Mac mini as an affordable alternative to traditional servers.”
“Smart organizations can get even more performance and savings from their Mac mini server by using Parallels Server for Mac 4.0 Mac mini Edition to run multiple operating systems and applications on the same box,” said Johnston.
According to the VP, “Businesses can reduce their need for different hardware platforms, saving space, power and administration time, while easily adding new services without the need to increase the budget for additional hardware purchases.”
Parallels’ new Server 4.0 for Mac mini computers is said to be the only server virtualization solution optimized for Apple server hardware.
For example, it features virtual machine provisioning up to 2 virtual machines with 2 virtual CPUs and 4GB of RAM, support for 32-bit and 64-bit computing and smart installation technology to speed up the deployment for the host and express installation capabilities for both Windows and Linux guests.
Configuration capabilities for USB devices via host or virtual machine is also touted as a plus, as is the ability to have shared folders for Windows, Linux and Mac OS guest OSes.
Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and other Windows Server applications are now directly available on Mac minis thanks to the server-centric virtualization app.