Parallels Workstation is a hardware emulation virtualization solution. This stable, trusted technology maps the host computer's hardware resources directly to each virtual PC's resources, allowing each virtual machine to operate identically to a stand-alone computer. Parallels Workstation's sophisticated virtual machine engine enables each virtual machine to work with its own processor, RAM, floppy and CD drives, I/O devices, and hard disk - everything a physical computer contains.
Parallels Workstation 2.0 is the first desktop virtualization solution to include a lightweight hypervisor, a mature technology originally developed in the 1960s to maximize the power of large mainframes. Hypervisor technology dramatically improves virtual machine stability, security and performance by using a thin layer of software, inserted between the machine's hardware and the primary operating system, to directly control some of the host machine's hardware profiles and resources. It not only makes Parallels Workstation-powered virtual machines secure, stable and efficient, but also empowers users to immediately realize the benefits associated with Intel VT hardware virtualization architecture.