Parallels is an application and desktop virtualization software vendor that offers management and delivery platforms for Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows desktop deployments.
The company, based in Bellevue, Wash., was founded in 1999 by Nikolay Dobrovolskiy, Serguei Beloussov and three others. In 2004, SWsoft acquired Parallels to expand its virtualization software offerings. SWsoft went on to change its name to Parallels in 2008.
Parallels allows organizations to deploy third-party operating systems (OS), such as Windows and Linux, to macOS desktops as virtual machines (VMs). Organizations can also use the company’s software to manage macOS desktops and other OS with a single management console.