Parallels, a provider of cloud services automation and virtualization software, recently concluded its Parallels Summit event in Miami. The company made a number of big announcements during its show, including the launch of a bare-metal hypervisor virtualization platform for Apple's Xserve hardware.
Parallels had yet another announcement hidden up its sleeve for the Mac virtualization market, but chose to break the news after the conclusion of the Summit. The company recently announced that it has added support for Google Chrome OS as a guest operating system for Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac.
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Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac was launched in November of last year, and the company billed it as the fastest desktop virtualization platform available on the Mac, reportedly running the 64-bit version of Windows 7 with speeds up to 22 percent faster than on VMware Fusion.
Running Windows, Linux, and even Mac OS X in a virtual machine on a Mac computer makes a lot of sense, but this announcement of support for such an early version of Google Chrome can certainly be categorized as unexpected. Unexpected, not because of any disrespect to Google's Chrome OS, but because it seems pretty uncommon to have a major vendor make such a bold announcement of support for a guest operating system that is still in the early stages of beta and hasn't yet made it to a 1.0 release. Considering the long beta cycles of Google applications in the past and the possible number of beta builds that Parallels will need to support along the way to a final release, that could take a large amount of effort by team Parallels to keep up with support. A publicly available stable release of Google Chrome OS isn't expected until sometime in the second half of 2010.