Company introduces new software, announces an expansion of its partner ecosystem and shares insights on the region’s SMB cloud buying behaviour at WorldHostingDays in Asia
BANGKOK, THAILAND — May 25, 2012 — Parallels, the hosting and cloud services enablement leader, today announced an extensive collection of new software, technology partnerships and updated market research, further strengthening its position as the top provider of complete hosting and cloud delivery software for service providers to address the actively-growing small and medium business (SMB) cloud market in Asia Pacific.
The series of announcements are being made at the two WorldHostingDays (WHD) events taking place in India and Thailand this week, at events attracting key industry decision makers from around the region. Parallels has been sharing its latest achievements and future road map for next-generation technologies, giving attendees the insight necessary to take better advantage of the growth opportunities for delivering hosting and cloud services to SMBs in Asia Pacific.
“As hosting and cloud services continues to become the default IT choice for SMBs in Asia Pacific, service providers need to have access to customer buying trends, the latest technology, and a vast partner ecosystem to meet these rising expectations,” said John Zanni, Vice President, Service Provider Marketing and Alliances, Parallels. “Our unrivaled expertise and access to a broad ecosystem is helping the region’s service provider a complete and integrated hosting and cloud services portfolio to meet the needs of the SMB market.”
To help service providers continue to prosper in the SMB cloud market in Asia Pacific, Parallels announced a series of new products and shared industry insights at the conference. These announcements included:
Expertise on the Cloud Services Delivery Market for Asia Pacific SMBs
Parallels continues to invest in and work with service providers on the market intelligence and strategies needed to meet the accelerating demand for Asia Pacific SMB cloud services, the fastest growing cloud adoption segment. According to Parallels SMB Cloud Insights™, the company’s ongoing market research on the global SMB cloud marketplace, it is estimated that the Asia Pacific cloud market has reached USD8.8 billion and will grow at a 27 percent CAGR to USD18 billion by 2014.
In Asia Pacific, the opportunity to serve SMBs in the developed Asian markets such as Australia and Japan remains vibrant, while developing countries such as China and India are poised for explosive cloud services growth as they continue to build out their Internet infrastructure. Parallels research also identified an anticipated 75 percent-plus in cloud services adoption in Australia and Japan; and an expected double-digit proliferation of hosted servers in China and India as Internet infrastructure continues to expand.
Growing the Parallels Partner Ecosystem in Asia Pacific
Parallels has established or expanded over 300 partnerships that have resulted in profit-generating services in the past year across the globe, including alliances with leading Asia Pacific service providers (KDDI, KT, PacHosting, ReadySpace, Telekom Malaysia, Tsukaeru.net, UberGlobal), and over 100 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) worldwide that are providing Software as a Service (SaaS).
In Thailand, Parallels is with partnering with service providers such as Thai Biz Host and WebVisions. It is also announcing its partnership with Krypt, the dedicated server and hosting division of VPLS Inc, which provides a wide range of highly specialized IT solutions including data, voice, network and managed solutions.
Parallels Plesk Panel 11 Preview: The Most Complete Panel Solution for Web Hosting
As the only complete web hosting control panel with integrated website design, Parallels Plesk Panel delivers higher average revenue per user (ARPU) while maximizing profits for growing service providers. It provides revenue-generating capabilities such as an integrated Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) storefront with access to more than a hundred Web-based applications to create unique service plans that meet a variety of customer needs.
Parallels Plesk Panel 11 will bring improved security for all users with hardened security, improved password encryption, and optional password protection for critical tasks. For Linux user, Parallels Plesk Panel 11 offers improved web server performance with nginx — a webserver that handles calls for static web content like html improving the rendering of your hosted websites on mobile devices. Parallels Plesk Panel 11 will also bring a Postfix Mail Server and for Windows Users, improved web design with Microsoft WebMatrix, making it simple for novices and pros alike to use this powerful and easy Microsoft tools to publish website and web apps to Plesk Servers on Windows. Parallels Plesk Panel 11 also integrates the most popular payment gateways and domain registrars in the Asia Pacific region.
Parallels Automation (PA) 5.4
Parallels Automation is the leading hosting and cloud services delivery system used by hundreds of service providers worldwide, from the largest telecom operators in the world to top hosters and providers of vertical solutions. Parallels automation delivers a combination of great software, thousands of hosting and cloud services, and the expertise to help build a highly profitable business.
Among the new cloud service delivery capabilities in Parallels Automation 5.4 is a suite of communications and collaboration features, including a full-featured virtual PBX enablement solution for delivering hosted BroadSoft BroadWorks PBX and hosted Microsoft Lync services, designed specifically to meet the growing demands of SMBs for bundled cloud applications. In addition to the Hosted PBX/Microsoft Lync capabilities, Parallels Automation 5.4 also delivers additional enhancements, including an updated control panel, new Parallels Web Presence Builder, Parallels Windows Provisioning Engine (WPE), and support for Windows shared hosting.
The market continues to take notice of Parallels momentum. Tech industry research firm IDC, in a recently published report, states that “Given Parallels' current base of 5,000 partners/customers in the SMB IT channel (hosting providers, resellers, and integrators) and market penetration of the Parallels' Plesk Panel product (50 percent market share in the control panel segment), IDC believes that the company is well positioned to establish an up-the-stack presence in the service delivery/enablement platforms of SMB cloud IT supply chain participants.”¹
The full IDC report is available for download from Parallels Web site at: http://bit.ly/yt6kg7.
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¹ IDC, Parallels Private Vendor Watchlist Profile: Helping Service Providers Compete in the Cloud, doc #233149, Feb. 2012