updated 04:25 pm EDT, Wed June 18, 2008
Following only a day after the release of Parallels Server for Mac, Media Temple has begun a private beta of (xv) (Xserve-Virtual), a new hosting service. The company takes Parallels Server, and combines it with Apple's Xserve hardware to run virtualized copies of Mac OS X Leopard Server. The primary advantage of this is said to be lower price overhead than a dedicated Leopard server, while still retaining access to flexible resources.
A limited number of participants are being accepted into the beta, and each copy of Leopard Server is guaranteed only 1/8th of a partition and 2GB of RAM. Similarly, the virtual nature of the service means that processing and bandwidth is shared with other customers. Final pricing for the hosting remains undetermined as Media Temple intends to test different configurations.