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Parallels is giving some delayed attention to Hewlett-Packard's Integrity servers today.

The OS virtualization house has now certified Virtuozzo Containers to run in tandem with Windows on the Integrity server line — a healthy three years after Parallels (then SWsoft) did the same for Linux.

This is not what coach calls good hustle.

Parallels has used the Windows embrace as an excuse to act as if its Virtuozzo for Integrity gig is a new thing entirely.

Parallels and HP are now collaborating "more deeply" we're told. As in: they used to like each other, now they like like each other.

For one thing, HP sales and technical reps went to Virtuozzo training school and can sell the software in North America. Parallels also vows to work with HP to ensure Virtuozzo support for future Windows Server iterations.

Virtuozzo Containers differs from most major virtualization plays that run multiple operating systems on a single server. It divides a single OS into different "containers," or in other words, virtualizing the OS rather than the hardware so that lots of applications run on one copy of the OS. This can help save on licensing fees and boost performance.

“Container virtualization is increasingly popular for virtualizing high performance, production workloads. This makes our technology a perfect fit with HP Integrity servers,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels, and a man who loves his egg yolks and espresso.

The software is available now on HP Integrity servers for $4,500 per 2 processors. A Virtuozzo/Parallels Infrastructure Manager bundle is $5,000 too. ®

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