Silex and Parallels partner to offer VDI customers Certified USB connectivity

September 4, 2008

RENTON, WA — Sept. 4, 2008 — Parallels, a virtualization and automation software company, today announced it is partnering with Silex Technology America, a leader in the device connectivity industry. Silex USB Device Servers have been tested and certified for Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, the leading OS-level server virtualization solution. Parallels Containers provides the highest density of virtual desktops by partitioning the underlying operating system into many isolated containers that share the common OS and application components, rather than replicating them for each virtual desktop, as is necessary with other approaches. Far fewer resources are needed by each virtual desktop, so a greater number can run on the same hardware, without affecting isolation or security. Now with Silex USB Device Servers being certified compatible with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, remote or thin client users can connect USB devices, such as multi-function printers, scanners, or nearly any other USB device.

"VDI is becoming increasingly popular as organizations look for ways to lower their TCO, including maintenance and support. This is made practical and workable through the integration of technologies from companies such as Silex and Parallels," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "This collaboration enables us to directly address our customers’ integration needs. The Silex USB over IP technology will bring even greater versatility to the Parallels VDI environment and ultimately give customers greater options and reasons to migrate their desktops to virtual infrastructures."

The Silex SX-Virtual Link software is certified to work in a Parallels Virtuozzo Container environment. Parallels customers can now use their USB device as if it were plugged into a local computer’s USB port even though it is being used over the network running in a virtualized desktop container. The SX-Virtual Link software and USB Device Servers allows users to easily discover, connect and disconnect to USB devices across the network.

"Due to its unique architecture, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers is ideally suited to VDI implementations, offering more than three times the density of other approaches and requiring considerably less storage, without a loss of security or isolation," said Keith Sugawara, General Manager at Silex Technology America. "Silex USB Device Servers provide the ultimate connectivity of USB devices to wired and wireless networks, making them a perfect technology partner for a virtualization innovator such as Parallels."

Silex offers wired and wireless USB device servers including the SX-2000U2 with 10/100 Ethernet and a USB 2.0 High Speed interface, the SX-2000WG with 802.11g wireless as well as 10/100 Ethernet and a USB 2.0 High Speed Interface.

About Parallels — Optimized Computing
Parallels (formerly SWsoft) is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com.

About Silex Technology
Silex Technology America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Silex Technology, Inc. (JASDAQ:6679), a 30-year developer of systems, external and embedded device connectivity products, and biometric readers and software. Silex Technology is focused on offering leading edge print servers, device servers, modules, and fingerprint security devices that help users improve the way they move data, print, and secure information. For additional information, call (801) 748-1199 or go to www.silexamerica.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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