Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure (PACI) is a complete solution for delivering Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). PACI is deployed as a service module of Parallels Automation and enables Service Providers to deliver a virtual data center with fully integrated Parallels Containers and Parallels Cloud Server, automation, billing, customer self-service capability and online store.
The Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure virtual data center consists of a set of virtual machines and containers connected by a virtual LAN and enhanced with load-balancing capabilities and firewall protection. It can be used as is out of the box, or your customers' developers can use its APIs to add business logic and other company-specific features.
Virtualization. Parallels is the only company that gives you the flexibility to create both virtual machines and containers. Containers are more efficient, offering higher density and better performance, as well as being easier to manage, but if customers prefer to manage their own operating system, they have the option of creating virtual machines.
Automated operations and billing. Offering Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure requires minimal effort on your part, because everything is automated—from creating and provisioning virtual machines, to removing them, to billing for Cloud services. As a result, you can run your Cloud services business efficiently and profitably.
Customer self-service. A self-service panel makes it easy for customers to manage their own Cloud data centers and virtual environments, enabling them to make any changes they want instantly, while minimizing your support requirements. And they don’t have to be IT professionals to do it: the easy-to-use interface enables them to make modifications easily, without writing any code.
Online store. If you already have an online store you can use it to sell your customers Cloud services—but if you don’t we’ve got one for you. With PACI you can start offering Cloud services and generating revenues immediately.
Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure is the only Cloud service enablement solution to deliver everything service providers need to instantly and profitably offer Cloud services to their small and mid-size business customers.
Elastic scalability, plus use-based pricing. A key advantage of the Cloud is the ability to grow or shrink resources instantly as workloads increase or decrease. PACI provides that flexibility. And with use-based pricing, your customer’s only pay for what they use, making Cloud services highly appealing.
Containers Virtualization. PACI provides the ability to create Containers delivering the highest density and best performing virtualization for the Cloud. Containers allow Service Providers to:
A simple user interface—plus access to APIs. The easy-to-use interface means your SMB customers don’t have to be IT professionals to use PACI. But for customers who need a customizable solution, we’ve made the APIs easily accessible, giving them programmatic control over the entire environment and enabling them to enhance it with business logic specific to their company.
Multi-tenant efficiency. The ability to house multiple customers in separate virtual servers on the same physical server enables Service Providers to do more with less, further increasing profitability.
A turnkey, hardware agnostic solution. PACI is a comprehensive solution, offering all the capabilities Service Providers need to immediately start generating revenues from Cloud services—on any hardware platform.
Self-service provisioning and administration. Extensive automation lets customers easily provision their own Cloud services by simply clicking a button on a panel. Administration is equally easy, enabling customers to grow, shrink, and delete Cloud resources, load-balance across multiple virtual machines or containers, and protect them with security features such as firewalls.
Load balancing and security. PACI offers automatic load balancing and security (including firewalls) across multiple servers.
Modular architecture. PACI is modular, giving Service Providers access to a broad range of services. You can choose to use all or a subset, and can also integrate it with your own solutions. For example, you could use PACI's billing service or online store, or integrate PACI with your existing billing solution and online store.
Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure (PACI) is part of the Parallels Automation product suite, a comprehensive solution that automates all aspects of offering, delivering, managing, and billing Cloud services. To run Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure, you will also need to be running the two main products within the Parallels Automation suite: Parallels Operations Automation and Parallels Business Automation.
(This server supports the entire PA Deployment;POA, PBA and all PACI components)
2x Quad Core
500Gb RAID 1/10
2x Quad Core
|Images and Backup Server||2Gb RAM
1x Quad Core
1Tb (more is better)
1x Quad Core
|Virtualization Cloud Server 1||32Gb RAM
2x Quad Core
4x Quad Core
|Virtualization Cloud Server 2||64Gb RAM
4x Quad Core
4x Quad Core
A complete specification of hardware requirements for Parallels Automation, including PACI is available here.
How can SMBs benefit from being able to access computing resources whenever they need them? Here are just a few of the ways in which Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure (PACI) can help.
Easy adjustment to changing usage patterns. The demand for computing resources can vary significantly over time — peaking during month-end and year-end closings or in response to marketing campaigns and declining at other times. Don’t pay for expensive services to sit around under-utilized when you can easily grow and shrink them as needs change.
Ability to handle growth — anticipated or unanticipated. Customers can do their best to predict their future computing needs, but changes often happen more quickly — or slowly — than anticipated. SMBs risk not having enough resources to support a rapidly growing workload, or paying for capacity they don’t need. With PACI, customers don’t have to be able to predict the future: they can add new computing capacity instantly, whenever they need it.
Extra resources for developers. Developers may need extra capacity for brief periods — for example, to test a new program they’ve built. PACI will give them the resources they need for their project, without paying for extra capacity that will go unused. If a developer needs to run a test that requires 1,000 servers for one hour they can have exactly that.
No IT delays. An individual department within an SMB may have business needs that require additional servers. If they had to requisition them through the IT department, it might take months to get what they need. With PACI, customers can get whatever computing capacity they need — now, improving business agility and efficiency.
What are some of the ways your customers might use PACI? Here are just a few:
Running applications that are hosted in the Cloud rather than on localized physical infrastructure (also called software as a service, or SaaS) offers significant benefits. It reduces risk, eliminates large up-front license payments, and gets rid of all the maintenance headaches, from dealing with patches and updates to performing backups to maintaining both the infrastructure and the application itself. The no-maintenance advantage is particularly important for smaller businesses, which typically don’t have in-house IT staff.
Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure is ideal for running hosted applications—even for resource-intensive applications, such as online gaming. It’s highly scalable, so when workloads peak, customers can create multiple servers instantly and use the built-in load balancers to redistribute workloads across all their servers. Customers pay only for the resources they’re actually using, so when workloads drop off, so does the cost. PACI offers high security through its private network (vLAN) and firewalls, and future support for network as well as local storage enables it to store large volumes of data.
PACI is a great solution for hosting databases. Its vLAN capabilities completely secure traffic between the front-end servers running applications and the back end database servers; its built-in firewall adds additional security; and its backup capabilities provide additional protection for customer data. PACI will also include prebuilt server templates to further simplify the process of setting up databases in the Cloud.
Adding e-commerce capability can help SMBs rapidly grow their business, but setting it up can be a challenge. PACI vastly simplifies the process. The Service Provider can supply customers with prebuilt templates that make it easy to provision servers that run e-commerce applications. Customers can easily (without any IT expertise) increase the resources assigned to each of the servers whenever they need more computing power, and can just as easily decrease resources when they no longer need them. Built-in load balancing lets customers handle peak front-end loads, such as might occur during Christmas sales or after a successful ad campaign, so they never have to worry about losing business due to overloaded servers. And PACI offers all the security SMBs need, as well: vLANs to secure traffic between servers; a firewall to protect the servers; and automatic backups to protect data.
PACI is the perfect solution for high-performance computing. Harnessing the elasticity of the Cloud, it’s able to deliver huge amounts of computing power whenever customers need it. With the ability to create servers on-demand, customers can easily create whatever resources they need, in the exact configuration they want. A flexible approach to server configuration lets customers assign the specific amount of RAM, CPUs, and disk space they need for each server. Using the RESTful API, they can even set up the servers to be automatically created and run at specific times, expanded or contracted as needed, and de-provisioned when no longer needed, paying only for the time the environments actually exist.
PACI is a great way to offer Web hosting services—and customers can start with one server and add more as their business grows. The ability of PACI to deliver true Cloud elasticity makes it highly cost-effective: SMBs can increase the resources assigned to their servers whenever they need to and decrease them when they no longer need them, paying only for what they actually use. Built-in load-balancing distributes workloads across multiple servers, ensuring high availability, and a vLAN and firewalls provide high security.
Providing media and entertainment requires a significant amount of on-demand computing power—for example, for encoding and editing—and lots of storage space. PACI offers both. It can deliver as much computing power as customers want, whenever they want it and future support for both local and network storage gives you plenty of storage options.