Parallels is working with independent software vendors (ISVs) and service providers to help them rapidly deliver high-demand business applications across a wide range of categories in the form of software as a service (SaaS). By packaging these applications in compliance with the Application Packaging Standard (APS), we ensure that they can be seamlessly integrated with other Parallels products and with offerings from a wide range of service providers.
For an ISV or developer, the SaaS delivery model represents an enormous opportunity to reach a mass market. And with Parallels Automation, you have a proven way to rapidly deliver SaaS applications and services on a large scale — so you can take full advantage of the cloud to expand your business and increase your profits.
We always advise ISVs to partner up with resellers to have a multi-tier distribution channel. Service providers that have the [Parallels] SaaS Module … can start deploying the service to their customers instantly. APS really improves speed to market. ”
Parallels Automation has a fully-integrated back office for ordering, billing, managing, and supporting your applications. Whether you're hosting your own applications or partnering with a Parallels hosting provider, we’ll help you roll out new applications faster than you ever could before. With Parallels, your developers can focus their efforts on creating great applications — not on packaging and delivery.
APS is a packaging format designed to help ISVs and providers easily implement a SaaS business mode — and it’s free to all industry hosting providers and ISVs. Developing SaaS applications to APS standards is essential if you want to reach a wide audience. Because Parallels applications are packaged to meet this standard, they can be easily integrated with the offerings of multiple service providers.
Parallels is a driving force behind the creation of a large-scale cloud computing ecosystem, in which software vendors and cloud operators come together deliver a wide variety of services to businesses and consumers. Part of this delivery system is the APS Catalog — which can list your applications when you become a Parallels customer. This catalog can be easily accessed by Parallels customers and control panel end users, who can browse its contents and download hundreds of APS-packaged hosting applications.