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Tech Data Corporation has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute the
Parallels Virtuozzo Containers server virtualization software, giving VARs
another tool for better delivering virtualization technology to their small and
midsize business customers.

"Server virtualization offers VARs tremendous opportunities to grow their
revenue and deliver more robust data center solutions," said Amy Belcher,
director of product marketing for Tech Data’s AIS (Advanced Infrastructure
Solutions) division.
 
Parallels said in a statement that Virtuozzo’s operating system virtualization
approach creates up to10 times more virtual instances, or containers, of the
same operating system on a single server. Operating system virtualization makes
management simpler and provides higher performance than hardware
virtualization, according to the company.

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VARs can leverage Parallels Virtuozzo Containers to meet a variety of their
customers’ virtualization needs, including server consolidation to cut physical
space and power consumption, mirroring infrastructure for disaster recovery and
business continuity, and simplifying desktop management using virtualized
desktop technology, Tech Data and Parallels said.

Virtuozzo Containers can also be used to provision resource use to respond to
real-time user demand and for deploying hosted applications on demand,
Parallels said.

Parallels formerly dominated the Apple Macintosh desktop virtualization space,
and this is its first foray into the server market, Belcher said. Parallels
Virtuozzo Containers are compatible with all industry-standard "Wintel"-based,
Intel and X86 servers, she said, and the technology is geared for SMBs.

The software will be available starting March 27 to all Tech Data resellers
through Tech Data’s AIS Division.