Parallels has acquired 2X Software, a developer of server-based application delivery and mobile device management tools, in a move that expands the firm's existing virtualisation and remote access offerings.
Parallels already offers a range of cross-platform solutions, many of which rely on virtualisation, such as Parallels Desktop for Mac which enables customers to run Windows applications on a Mac.
The firm also offers a remote access tool, Parallels Access, which allows remote access to a computer from a mobile device such as a tablet or phone.
Parallels said that the 2X Software acquisition complements its existing portfolio, as 2X has long specialised in server-based computing and remote access.
The 2X Remote Application Server provides application publishing and virtual desktop delivery, while 2X Mobile Device Management provides control over iPhones, iPads, and Android and Windows devices.
"We see huge synergies with Parallels Access and Parallels Desktop and are excited about the potential that 2X solutions brings to us," said Parallels president Jack Zubarev.
"We also welcome 2X's experienced and talented team of engineers and employees who will join us to continue creating the best cross-platform software solutions."
The virtual desktop and application publishing capabilities of 2X Remote Application Server means that Parallels' portfolio is beginning to look more like that of Citrix, which pioneered server-based computing, enabling users to remotely access applications or desktop sessions hosted on a central server.
"Parallels' mission is to provide the best technology and experience for businesses, employees and individuals to access and use any applications and files on any device, anywhere, anytime," Zubarev said.
Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.
Parallels has a second portfolio of cloud infrastructure, server virtualisation and automation tools aimed at hosting firms and service providers.
The firm introduced Parallels Containers for HP Moonshot last year, aimed specifically at service providers using HP's high-density server platform.
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