Parallels Hypervisor has been validated under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP), Parallels announced Thursday. With the validation, Parallels Hypervisor running on Windows Server will be cooperatively supported by Microsoft and Parallels.
The Microsoft SVVP enables technical support for Windows Server in environments virtualized with third-party programs.
“Our Service Providers and their customers rely on Parallels virtualization and Windows Server operating systems and Microsoft Server applications to run their businesses,” John Zanni, Parallels chief marketing officer of Service Providers said. “Parallels will continue to provide professional product support to our Service Providers, who will continue to support their customers. In addition, Parallels and Microsoft are working to help ensure that Microsoft customers that have Windows Server instances and Microsoft applications running on Parallels hypervisor will receive cooperative support from both Microsoft and Parallels.”
Zanni worked for Microsoft earlier in his career, where he was involved in building partnerships as part of its partner hosted initiative.
Microsoft and Parallels have a history of acknowledging customer use of their products together. When Windows Azure Pack is beta tested by Ipeer early in 2014, it will be delivered with a new APS package for Parallels Automation.
Parallels announced a number of initiatives to improve support and partner collaboration in October, and the Windows Server validation continues the push to simplify support for service providers and customers.
Microsoft has also been bolstering its partnership initiatives, launching its Cloud OS Network earlier in December to improve the consistency of services built on its cloud platform.
Microsoft’s SVVP has previously validated virtualization products from Cisco, Red Hat, and others since VMware received the first validation in 2008.