Parallels templates are pre-configured environments that can be easily deployed to virtual machines or containers through the Parallels Virtual Automation interface. Templates include virtual server configurations including the base operating system and applications. This allows companies to harden or pre-configure operating systems once and use that environment over and over to improve consistency and compliance across the company. A template may also include different software packages and configurations.
A popular example for template usage is a developer environment. In this example, an organization creates a standard template for Web development that includes all of the tools and applications needed in the “stack” to enable the developer to perform his work. The template can be created once and stored in the management console. From that point forward, every time a new developer environment is to be provisioned, the template is applied to a virtual environment. The environment is fully configured and ready for use nearly instantly.
Parallels Virtual Automation is one of the few unique virtualization solutions that use the innovative approach, which enables administrator to deploy software in seconds and manage containers or virtual machines quickly and efficiently, greatly reducing administrative management tasks and associated time.