Parallels has formead a technology alliance with DataCore Software, a leading provider of storage virtualization software. This follows a similar deal, signed a few months ago, between Parallels and Quest Software that launched a Virtual Desktop InfrastructuAre bundle and offered enterprises a centralised Windows desktop deployment and management platform.

The new alliance deal with DataCore is expected to provide mutual customers with an enhanced "complete virtualisation" user experience by combining both vendor's best-of-breed products - server virtualisation plus storage virtualisation. The deal is also expected to facilitate cross-qualification of their respective solutions on an ongoing basis.

"Businesses want to increase the efficiency and return on investment from their IT infrastructure and are recognising the role virtualisation plays in generating greater utilisation, both in terms of storage and on their servers," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "Together, Parallels and DataCore can provide customers with an immediate return on their virtualisation investment and tremendous flexibility to meet or exceed tomorrow's needs."

DataCore's manufacturer-independent, software-based storage products run on any standard physical or virtual server, abstracting away the underlying hardware and freeing up the consumer from standardising on one single hardware platform. According to both companies, this low-cost networked storage combined with Parallel's virtual server infrastructure enables benefits such as no downtime maintenance, automatic capacity management, and business continuity without a heavy hardware investment.

"Our objective is to work together to give our mutual customers the very best that the combination of storage and server virtualisation can offer," said George Teixeira, president and CEO of DataCore Software. "A DataCore and Parallels combination is a great choice for customers because they each offer significant capability, performance, and price advantages and have strong track records of highly satisfied customers."

Working together and forming technology alliances like these give Parallels a better foothold when trying to go head-to-head with VMware.