Lee, on the other hand, noted that the power of the Apple's quad-core Xserve hardware is largely wasted without virtualization because few applications take advantage of the multiple cores to run parallel processes for faster performance. "But virtualization parallelizes those apps that aren't meant to be parallelized," he said. Allowing multiple instances of Mac OS X on one Xserve box, however, makes the machine more attractive to Apple's corporate customers.
"This makes [Mac OS X] more flexible and users more open to virtualization," Lee said.
Parallels will focus on delivering a server-based VM that will run Mac OS X as well as other already-supported guest operating systems -- including various flavors of Windows and Linux -- targeting SMBs. "We want to do something that has the features they need but at the price they can afford," said Rudolph. "VMware has great technology, but for small business, it's prohibitively expensive." Parallels hasn't talked price for a server side VM product, but Rudolph said it would be higher than the desktop software's $80 price tag, but "in a similar pricing structure."
Lee declined to commit to any product or schedule, citing the need to reach out to customers for feedback.
Apple sells Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in single-license editions that support up to 10 client machines for $499 and an unlimited number of clients for $999.
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