In the last period the HP effort in virtualization is remarkable.
- In March the company closed a special OEM deal with Citrix to offer its own management console (ProLiant Management Console or PVC) on top of a dedicated XenServer edition.
- In May it closed a deal with the US startup Desktone to become the first (or one of the first) major provider to offer rentable VDI.
- In June it signed a major agreement with VMware to provide VI3 integration on an impressive range of product.
And now the company inks another key deal with Parallels to distribute its OS virtualization technology, Virtuozzo Containers, on its Integrity servers (based on Intel Itanium architecture).
In April virtualization.info suggested a provocative scenario where Parallels would be more than happy to sell to HP, but the former acted fast to discourage any hypothesis in that direction. Now the two announce this partnership.
Also Parallels is performing well in the recent time.
- In May the company closed a major OEM agreement with Microsoft to deliver a suite of products on the Apple Mac OS platform.
- In June it closed another key deal with Quest to incorporate the Provision Network connection broker in its Virtuozzo platform and enter the VDI market.
Additionally the company’s CEO, Sergey Belousov, announced the plan to invest $10 million in Russia within 2010. But its on the upcoming Parallels Server that the company will have to compete for a larger market share.
The Mac OS version of the product is already out, but the customers are waiting for the Windows/Linux edition to compare against the existing offering and judge which one is the most interesting.