Applications Help Customers Manage Websites with a few Clicks
CEBIT, Hannover, Germany, March 4, 2008 – Parallels Inc. today announced that 1&1 Internet will offer popular open source applications certified with the Application Packaging Standard (APS) to 1.7 million German-speaking hosting customers. Parallels, which maintains the APS standard, made the announcement with 1&1 today at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.
The APS standard was developed by Parallels to simplify integration of web applications into hosting environments for delivery as software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. The standard is a packaging format that makes it easier for service providers to deliver hosted applications developed by independent software vendors (ISVs). APS-certified applications can be easily "plugged" into hosting platforms that conform to the standard.
"Adoption of the APS standard will provide a sizeable new business opportunity for 1&1 and for the entire web hosting and software industries worldwide," said Andreas Gauger, chairman of 1&1 Internet Inc. "The standard is open to everyone and will provide exciting new sales channels for hosting providers as well as other Internet service providers (ISPs). Our customers and ISVs will benefit from the expected growth of new APS-compliant applications."
1&1's new service includes open source applications, such as Joomla, PostNuke, PhpBB, SMF, Serendipity, Moodle, MediaWiki, Mantis, phpMyVisites, PHProject and WebCalendar. While these applications are free, they require significant time and skill to install and maintain. APS simplifies installation and update management of web applications, and removes the need for downloads, registrations and passwords.
1&1's web hosting customers in Germany also get 1&1's Click-n-Build control panel for adding and removing web applications. 1&1 deployed APS-certified applications to its U.S. customers in June 2007.
"With the Parallels Open Platform and the APS standard, we are providing a unified, open technology platform to help software vendors and service providers fully take advantage of SaaS," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "1&1 Internet is leading the way to SaaS for millions of hosting customers and opening the channel for ISVs to reach the growing SoHo and SMB markets."
The Parallels Open Platform enables SaaS with Parallels virtualization and automation technology through integration with a wide range of third-party applications and systems. The APS standard is a key element of the Parallels Open Platform and is used by ISVs and service providers to seamlessly integrate applications to offer to the more than 10 million businesses and individuals that use Parallels products.
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Parallels (formerly SWsoft) is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com.