Parallels (company)

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GenreVirtualization and Hosting Automation
FounderIlya Zubarev Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersBellevue, Washington, United States[1]
ProductsParallels Desktop for Mac
Parallels RAS
Parallels Toolbox
Parallels Access
RevenueUS$ 100 million (2008)[2]
Number of employees
ParentCorel Edit this at Wikidata

Parallels is a software company based in Bellevue, Washington; it is primarily involved in the development of virtualization software for macOS. The company has offices in 14 countries, including The United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Japan, China, Spain, Russia, Australia and Mauritius[4][5] and has over 800 employees.[3]

Company history[edit]

SWSoft, a privately held server automation and virtualization software company, developed software for running data centers, particularly for web-hosting services companies and application service providers. Their Virtuozzo product was an early system-level server virtualization solution, and in 2003 they bought Plesk, a commercial web hosting platform.[6]

In 2004, SWsoft acquired Parallels, Inc.[7] and Parallels Workstation for Windows and Linux 2.0[8] was released, with Parallels Desktop for Mac following in mid-2006.[9] SWsoft's acquisition of Parallels was more or less kept under wraps until January 2004, two years before Parallels became mainstream.[10] Later the same year the corporate headquarters moved from Herndon, Virginia to Renton, Washington.

At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2007 in San Francisco, California, Parallels announced and demonstrated its upcoming Parallels Server for Mac.[11] Parallels Server for Mac will reportedly allow IT managers to run multiple server operating systems on a single Mac Xserve.[12][13]

In 2007, the German company Netsys GmbH sued Parallels' German distributor Avanquest for copyright violation (see Parallels Desktop for Mac for details), then Parallels Server for Mac was announced at WWDC, and later Parallels Technology Network.[14]

In 2008, SWsoft merged into Parallels to become one company under the Parallels branding[10] which then acquired ModernGigabyte, LLC.[15][16] Parallels Server for Mac was launched in June[17] then in September Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows and Linux, a rename of Parallels Workstation for the 4.0 release,[18] and Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac[19] later that year. From the next version, 6.0, the Windows and Linux software became known as Parallels Workstation again.

Over the next three years, the company launched Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac,[20] Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac,[21] Parallels Server for Mac 4.0 Mac mini Edition,[22] Parallels Transporter,[23] Parallels Workstation 6 Extreme,[24] Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac,[25] Parallels Mobile for iOS,[26] and Parallels Workstation 6.[27]

During 2012, 2013 and 2014, the company discontinued Parallels Server for Mac, Windows and Linux, launched Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and Mac Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. and released Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac.

Parallels acquired 2X Software in February 2015,[28] rebranded their service provider business to Odin,[29] later selling the Odin Service Automation Platform to Ingram Micro.[30] They also released Parallels Mac Management v4.0 for Microsoft SCCM and Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac.

In 2017, Virtuozzo and Plesk, two products from the pre-Parallels history of SWsoft, were spun out.[31][32]

In December 2018, Corel announced that it had acquired Parallels.[33][34]

On October 20, 2020 it was announced that Google have partnered to bring full-featured Windows applications to enterprises and cloud workers using Chrome Enterprise. "Chrome OS is increasingly being chosen by modern enterprises, either for remote work, hybrid, or in the office," said John Solomon, Vice President of ChromeOS at Google, "We are thrilled to partner with Parallels to bring legacy and full-featured Windows applications support, through Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise, to help businesses easily transition to cloud-first devices and workflows."[35]

Current products[edit]


  1. ^ "Worldwide Operations HQ". Archived from the original on 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  2. ^ Parallels CEO Sees IPO in a Few Years, Not an Acquisition
  3. ^ a b Career Opportunities
  4. ^ "COREL sets up centre of excellence in Mauritius, gears up to collaborate with academic institutions | Platform Africa". Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  5. ^ "Employment and training: Collaboration between Corel Corporation and Polytechnics Mauritius". Mauritius News. 2022-05-30. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  6. ^ HostReview : Web Hosting News : SWsoft Acquires Plesk and Confixx to Create Global Hosting Software Powerhouse
  7. ^ Parallels acknowledges SWsoft ownership
  8. ^ [1] Archived October 16, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ [2] Archived February 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b David Marshall (Jan 29, 2008) [08:03 PM].InfoWorld Virtualization Report | David Marshall | InfoWorld | Parallels Announces Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 Archived February 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ David Marshall (June 16, 2007) [04:03 PM]. "InfoWorld Virtualization Report | David Marshall | InfoWorld | Parallels Announces Features of its Mac Server Virtualization Product". Archived from the original on 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  12. ^ Parallels demos Mac server virtualization
  13. ^ Parallels Server for Mac
  14. ^ Parallels Technology Network announced Archived 2007-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Web Host Industry News | Parallels Acquires ModernGigabyte
  16. ^ | Parallels Acquires ModernGigabyte Archived 2008-05-11 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ David Marshall (June 18, 2008) [08:14 AM]. Virtualization Report | David Marshall | InfoWorld | Parallels announces the first Mac server virtualization platform Archived June 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Desktop 4 for Windows and Linux Leverages Industry-Leading Mac Technology to Enable Widespread Adoption of PC Virtualization". Parallels. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  19. ^ "Desktop 4.0 for Mac Offers Premium Windows-on-Mac Experience". Parallels. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  20. ^ "Desktop 5 for Mac Offers Fastest Performance on Snow Leopard and for Windows 7 Available". Parallels. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  21. ^ "Desktop 6 for Mac Delivers Unprecedented New and Enhanced Features for Best Windows on Mac Experience Yet". Parallels. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  22. ^ "Server for Mac 4.0 Mac mini Edition Launch Lets Businesses Run Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux Environments Side-by-Side on an Apple Mac mini". Parallels. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  23. ^ "Transporter Launches on the Mac App Store, Makes the Move from a PC to a Mac Easy". Parallels. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  24. ^ "Workstation 6 Extreme makes the consolidated professional graphics workstation a reality through unmatched performance of direct assignment technology". Parallels. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  25. ^ "Desktop 7 for Mac Makes Windows Programs Roar with Mac OS X Lion Features; New Parallels Mobile App Delivers OS X and Windows Control Plus Flash Videos with Sound". Parallels. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  26. ^ "New Parallels Mobile App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Delivers Anytime Anywhere Control of Mac OS X, Windows, Ubuntu, Chrome, Fedora, Applications and Files on Your Mac". Parallels. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  27. ^ "Workstation 6 Gives Web Designers and IT Professionals Seamless Capabilities for Running Multiple Operating Systems – Including Windows 8 – on a Single PC". Parallels. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  28. ^ Brian Madden (2015-02-26). "Parallels Buys 2X Software". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  29. ^ "We've Changed Our Name – Parallels Service Provider Business is Now Odin". Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  30. ^ "Parallels Holdings Limited Announces the Sale of its Odin Service Automation Platform to Ingram Micro". December 2, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  31. ^ "Virtuozzo to build full container stack, target the data centre".
  32. ^ "Home".
  33. ^ "CIOReview Magazine Praises Parallels: One of the "20 Most Promising Server Technology Solution Providers 2016"". 15 February 2017.
  34. ^ Dignan, Larry. "Corel buys Parallels for Windows on Mac play". ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  35. ^ a b "Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise". 2 September 2021.
  36. ^ "Parallels acquires remote application server developer 2X Software". zdnet. 2015-02-25.
  37. ^ Endicott, Sean (2018-02-28). "Parallels Toolbox is a Swiss Army knife for Windows 10". Windows Central. Retrieved 2022-09-29.
  38. ^ "Parallels Access". 2022-07-28. Retrieved 2022-09-30.