Accountancy Can Now Go Virtual

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Just how many versions of an accounts package must an accountant maintain. You can bet the oldest version is on a pretty geriatric box. It’s a nightmare for your jobbing accountant, but there is a solution. Fast, elegant and very portable. Parallels virtualisation software.

I was talking to an accountant friend recently who was bemoaning the fact that he had to maintain multiple versions of his accounts package. His clients have numerous different versions themselves, so he must maintain them as well, but he can only have on package version on a PC at a time. So he's got 4 separate PC's! Utter madness. It costs him a fortune to maintain all this kit, and the data is not easily portable should he ever need to upgrade the hardware. And how about backing them up.

When I suggested running virtual machines I got the expected blank look. However the light of dawn didn't take too long to breach the horizon once I explained the idea of running a machine, on a machine. Yes, run all his various package versions as separate virtual machines. Now he can finally dump the old equipment and run everything off his primary desktop. Even better from his standpoint, he can put the VM images he needs onto his laptop and take in on site with him when he needs to. Backing up, easy. Nice big SAN disk and copy everything their.

All this was achieved using Parallels Workstation the stunning virtual machine software from parallels, and now distributed in the UK, Eire, Benelux and Italy by Purple Rage in the UK.

Parallels Workstation is the most powerful, easiest-to-use, cost-effective desktop virtualisation solution available today. It empowers any user, from experienced professional developers to sales executives to casual home users, with the ability to create completely networked, totally secure independent, and highly stable virtual machines on a single physical machine. By mapping the host computer's hardware resources directly to the virtual machine's resources, Parallels Workstation sophisticated virtualisation engine enables each virtual machine to operate identically to a stand-alone computer. Each virtual machine works with its own processor, RAM, floppy and CD drives, I/O devices, and hard disk — everything a physical computer contains.

About Parallels Inc

Parallels, Inc. is a privately held, fast-growing software company based in Herndon, Virginia that is entirely focused on developing industry-leading workstation and server virtualization technologies. The Parallels team is one of the most mature in the industry. Core team members have been involved in software development, testing, and deployment since 1995, and have been entirely focused on virtualization technologies since 1999.

About Purple Rage

Founded in 2005 by Rob Dixon and Jan Gregson, Purple Rage is a UK & European distributor, formed to create a platform for a focused set of solutions to meet the requirements of company’s evermore demanding, diverse and heterogeneous environments. By working with strategic partners that promote and enhance multiple operating systems we are able to serve diverse business sectors. Purple Rage's set of solutions are available online, as well as through channel partners. Purple Rage is based in Malvern, United Kingdom and is a privately held company. Purple Rage Limited can be contacted via email, online at or by telephone at +44-(0)871-2500058.


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