Press Release

SoftLayer® launches Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal to diversify its product offerings and attract new customers

Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal's hypervisor technology enables new service to be quickly and easily deployed while providing Cloud development and testing with multiple operating systems on a single server

Renton, WA—June 14, 2010—

Cloud enablement leader, Parallels, today announced that global hosting company, SoftLayer has launched Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal to diversify its products and attract new customers.

SoftLayer recognizes that offering new products increases customer retention and sales of its servers without significant financial or time commitments.

"We always aim to offer our customers the latest technologies to compliment their businesses," said George Karidis, Chief Strategy Officer at SoftLayer. "Parallels is a world class leader in virtualized infrastructure so we want to ensure our customers benefit from that level of innovation. We expect to see new virtual server sales increases as a result of launching Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal."

Parallels currently supports more than one million Cloud-based virtual environments through its existing Parallels Virtuozzo Containers technology. This industry leading virtual infrastructure solution is complimented by Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal enabling customers like SoftLayer to offer the widest selection of offerings to their clients. The Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal solution leverages the powerful hypervisor technology of Parallels' award-winning desktop virtualization products, designed to manage a range of scenarios, from development and testing in the Cloud to consolidating multiple operating systems on a single server.

Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal seamlessly integrates with Parallels Virtual Automation enabling the quick and easy launch of new services from a centralized web management and automation system. Parallels Virtual Automation ties together the Parallels server virtualization suite simplifying the day to day activities of system administrators with a single pane of glass regardless of the underlying Parallels solution. The combined solution features full life-cycle service delivery management for virtualized services including provisioning, upgrades, monitoring, backup, customer self-service, migration and other components.

"One of the key reasons in launching Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal was choice," said Karidis. "Being able to grow our business while addressing new audiences that require expanded OS support is a really important part of our strategy. This product has helped us diversify our product offerings and our resellers and small to medium customers will benefit from this technology and the ability to use it along side Parallels Virtuozzo Containers."

"Parallels understands the importance of automation tools and the innovative approach of Parallels Virtuozzo Containers has made us the leader in virtualized services," said Jack Zubarev, President of Worldwide Service Providers. "The flexibility of hypervisor technology in Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal, automated by Parallels Virtual Automation allows service providers like SoftLayer to roll-out the server virtualization approach that most suits their needs, with minimal financial and time investment."

Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal

Parallels Server Bare Metal is a hypervisor-based virtual infrastructure solution that supports a broad range of operating systems and applications; and enables a wide range of usage scenarios from development and testing to elastic Cloud computing. The product leverages Parallels' powerful hypervisor technology onto the server, offering a highly scalable architecture that supports up to 12 vCPUs, 64GB vRAM, 2TB vHDDs and 16 vNICs per virtual machine for intensive applications. In addition, Parallels has implemented several Intel specific processor capabilities, such as Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O, FlexPriority, Extended Page Tables and Virtual Processor Identification, to further enhance performance.

About SoftLayer Technologies

Headquartered in Dallas, SoftLayer is the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, and the largest private hosting company in the world. SoftLayer provides cloud, dedicated, and seamlessly integrated computing environments, with world-class data centers in Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and network Points of Presence nationwide. The company integrates and automates all elements of its platform, empowering enterprises of any size with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management via a leading Customer Portal and Open API. For more information, please visit www.softlayer.com or call 866.398.7638.

Contact:
James McDowell
+1 214 442 0600
press@softlayer.com

About Parallels

Parallels is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and cloud services providers. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with more than 700 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ParallelsCloudor read the Parallels Cloud Service Provider blog at http://blogs.parallels.com/serviceprovider/