Compressor works by automatically deleting temporary and unnecessary files within Windows, and then compressing the actual virtual hard disk image file.
As part of its goal to bring virtualization to everyone, Parallels is making Compressor available to any individual or enterprise using Parallels, VMWare and Microsoft solutions running Windows 2000, 2003 and XP. The company plans to expand its portfolio of tools over the coming months, and pledges to make those tools compatible with all of the industry’s major virtualization solutions, including the open-source Xen hypervisor, and a broader variety of operating systems.
"Virtualization is all about maximizing utilization and increasing productivity," said Ben Rudolph, Parallels’ Marketing Manager. "Our growing suite of powerful, broadly compatible tools - like Compressor - takes the benefits of working in any virtual environment one step further by allowing Parallels, VMWare and Microsoft customers to streamline the use of their computer’s resources and fine-tune their virtual machines to achieve the highest performance."
Compressor is available in two versions. Compressor Workstation, which retails for $49, is specifically optimized for virtual workstations. It is compatible with any Parallels, VMware and Microsoft virtual workstation running Windows 2000 or XP. Compressor Server, available for $179, is a professional-grade tool that optimizes any virtual server built using Parallels Server (due late 2006), VMware GSX Server, VMware Server, Microsoft Virtual PC, or Microsoft Virtual Server, or any virtual workstation built with Parallels Workstation 2.1 for Windows or Linux, Parallels Desktop for Mac, or VMware Workstation. Compressor Server is compatible with Windows 2000, 2000 Server, XP, and Server 2003.
Parallels, Microsoft and VMware users can purchase either version at http://www.parallels.com/en/buyonline. Free 15-day trial versions of both versions are available at http://www.parallels.com/en/download/compressor.
Just 2 weeks ago, Parallels introduced Parallels Desktop for Mac, the world’s first virtualization solution that allows Mac users to run Windows and OS X side-by-side without rebooting. To compliment Desktop and its Windows and Linux Desktop virtualization solutions, Parallels is a suite of server virtualization products for Windows, Linux and Mac. Parallels Server is targeted at small- and medium-size businesses looking to maximize hardware resources and curb IT costs, while Parallels Enterprise Server is a high-end server virtualization solution designed to help large enterprises effectively virtualize and manage their server resources. Both products are due to reach beta testing in 2006.
Parallels is a server and workstation virtualization solutions company committed to building powerful, user-friendly, cost-effective products that can be used by any Windows, Linux or Mac user to improve efficiency, lower hardware costs, and reduce operating expenses. The company’s products all feature hypervisor technology for strong, stable virtual machines, and an intuitive web-like interface that facilitates quick set-up and usage. Additionally, every Parallels solution fully supports Intel Virtualization Technology, which is optimized to provide superior virtual machine performance. The company is rapidly growing and employs a global team of experienced technical and business professionals. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com.
Benjamin H. Rudolph
Marketing Manager, Parallels