HP, Parallels Offer Improved Workstation Virtualization

HP and Parallels are teaming up to improve the virtualization capabilities in HP's Z800 workstation. The system can be configured with Parallels' Workstation 4.0 Extreme offering, plus graphics technology from Nvidia, to offer high-end virtualization capabilities. Parallels' product takes advantage of virtualization technology found in Intel's new Xeon 5500 Series "Nehalem EP" processors, which power the HP Z800 workstation.

Hewlett-Packard and virtualization software company Parallels are expanding their partnership to offer enhanced virtualization capabilities on HP's high-end Z800 workstation.

The companies are putting Parallels' Workstation 4.0 Extreme edition onto the HP workstation, which is powered by Intel's new Xeon 5500 Series "Nehalem EP" processors.

The package, announced June 1, also will include Nvidia's SLI Multi-OS-enabled Quadro FX graphics cards. The system, which will be offered as a configure-to-order solution from HP, is a key step in bringing high-end virtualization capabilities to the workstation space, according to Parallels CEO Serguei Beloussov.

"After several years of deep technical engineering collaboration by HP, Intel, Nvidia and Parallels, the vision of delivering virtual workstations to the market is now a reality," Beloussov said in a statement.

Parallels officials said their Workstation 4.0 Extreme product takes advantage of the virtualization capabilities in the new Intel Xeon chips, including VT-x for faster virtual CPU performance, VT-d for increased performance from the Nvidia graphics card, and Extended Page Tablets for better memory management.

"With the release of Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme, virtualization technologies are beginning to make a real impact on productivity and how users employ powerful workstations to create and visualize results," Boyd Davis, general manager of Intel's Workstation Product Group, said in a statement.

The HP Z800 workstation is available immediately.