• Parallels Containers for Windows 6:

    Ultimate server performance for hosted applications, hosted desktops and VPS

Introducing Parallels Containers for Windows

Parallels Containers for Windows is the highest density, lowest cost virtualization solution for Windows.
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Parallels Containers for Windows is uniquely suited to cloud server virtualization, enabling near instant provisioning and on-the-fly modification of hosting and cloud server plans.
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High density, high performance Windows containers

Change the cost equation of delivering Windows VPS and cloud servers by maximizing hardware utilization and simplifying day-to-day management.

  • Offer the latest Windows 2012 Server-based VPS and cloud servers at the highest per-server density possible.
  • Reduce the administrative burden of monitoring and managing your Windows VPS offerings with a centralized web-based administration solution.

High availability Windows containers

High availability Windows containers increase quality and reduce churn and operational costs. Parallels Containers for Windows can be deployed together with Parallels Cloud Server and Parallels Cloud Storage to enable high density, high availability Windows containers.

Hosted Applications

Parallels Containers for Windows improves the isolation, density and performance of hosted application services such as web application workloads.

Part of a complete range of Windows virtualization offerings

If customers prefer to manage their own Windows OS you can deploy high availability Windows virtual machines with Parallels Cloud Server.

What’s new in Parallels Containers for Windows 6.0

Parallels Containers for Windows 6.0 includes support for Windows Server 2012 as well as many other new features.

Support for the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system

Now you can create and manage containers on Windows Server 2012 and leverage the following Windows Server 2012 functionality:

  • On-demand installation of features in containers. Our implementation of the “On-demand features” capability in Windows 2012 speeds up the installation of the features and roles inside containers and reduces the load on your environment.
  • Enhanced RemoteFX support in containers. With the release of Windows Server 2012 several new components were added to RemoteFX. These new components are now supported in Parallels Containers for Windows including RemoteFX for WAN, RemoteFX Adaptive Graphics, RemoteFX USB redirection, RemoteFX Media Remoting and RemoteFX Multi-Touch.

Additional Features

  • Includes Windows Server 2012 Datacenter US English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Polish, Simplified Chinese OS templates.
  • New Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11 libraries are used for operations such as container resizing, cloning, backup, and migration.
  • Support for nested installations in virtual machines using Parallels Cloud Server 6.0, VMware ESXi 4.1 or ESX 5.0 U1 or Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors. The ability to install Parallels Containers for Windows and create containers in virtual machines allows you to provide high availability Windows containers.
  • Support for configurations with up to 64 CPUs and 256GB of RAM.
  • Support for 10GbE network adapters and jumbo frames (with more than 1500 bytes of payload).
  • Support for OpenVPN client and server in Containers. All major releases from version 2.3.0 are supported.
  • Support for Cisco VPN client.

The Parallels Virtual Automation installer is not included with the Parallels Containers for Windows 6.0 distribution. Instead there are options to download and install PVA Agent, PVA Management Node, or both during Parallels Containers for Windows installation.

Key Features of Parallels Containers for Windows

Virtualization at the host operating system provides a lean, efficient virtualization layer that enables higher density ratios of virtual servers to physical servers. With Parallels Containers you can increase the utilization of existing servers by 3x over hypervisor solutions, delivering cost savings not only in maintenance and energy costs but also by reducing new server expenditures.

Built for delivering profitable cloud services

  • Advanced Resource Management provides the controls necessary to support multiple VPS and cloud server packages at varying levels of CPU, memory, disk I/O and storage space.
  • On-the-fly virtual environment elasticity enables flexibility for customers and ease of upgrading for service providers.
  • Immediate provisioning and activation provides the fastest availability time for new VPS and cloud server subscriptions, allowing your customers to add new services instantly.
  • Comprehensive integration capabilities for third party systems are enabled with command line and API interfaces thus simplifying the complete automation of delivering and billing for services.
  • Performance and resource isolation enable service providers to guarantee SLAs and provide highly reliable and secure virtual servers.
  • Flexible management options reduce administration and support costs by simplifying day-to-day operations, automating routine tasks and providing customers with self service capabilities.

Maximize return on hardware investments

  • Operating system containerization lets you run more subscriptions on every server by creating secure, isolated virtual servers without the overhead and constraints of hardware virtualization.
  • Dynamic library sharing significantly reduces the amount of memory needed by each virtual server and changing the way you provision subscriptions.
  • Virtuozzo File System greatly reduces per-subscription disk space and memory requirements by allowing sharing of common applications and OS components while preserving the ability for individualized customization. IOPS (I/O operations per second) are significantly improved because access to files shared in memory is only done once, not per each container.
  • Cross CPU workload scheduling eliminates the binding of virtual environments to vCPUs to deliver flexible, high performance servers for customers.

Streamlining day-to-day operations

  • Operating system templates simplify the process of creating and maintaining “gold images”  used to instantly provision VPS or Cloud servers.
  • Application templates automate the rapid deployment and configuration of applications into virtual servers enabling you to easily extend existing services.
  • Mass management and task automation simplify the day-to-day administration and greatly increase the number of physical nodes and virtual servers each administrator can manage.
  • Reduce maintenance costs by installing host OS and applications such as backup and antivirus on the server, not on each virtual server.
  • Stability provided by global support and service to ensure the success of your business. With more than 5000 service provider partners worldwide, Parallels Containers is the virtualization product of choice for mass market hosting providers.
  • Complete set of management tools The widest set of tools for both service providers and customers, making it the best virtualization solution for mass hosting of VPSs. Parallels Containers tools enable management, monitoring, backup, restore, troubleshooting, recovery, provisioning and deployment. Learn more

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