Platform Allows Software Vendors to Rapidly Deploy Software-as-a-Service Applications
HERNDON, Va., January 21, 2008 — SWsoft (soon to be renamed Parallels) today announced that IT FACTORY has selected SWsoft Virtuozzo Containers server virtualization software in its IT FACTORY Platform as a Service (PaaS), a hosted Software as a Service platform geared for independent software vendors (ISVs) who develop business applications on IBM open standards technology.
IT FACTORY PaaS will provide ISVs with the infrastructure needed to develop, provision, administer and deploy new and existing software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. A one-stop shop for SaaS enablement, the IT FACTORY platform uses SWsoft Virtuozzo to achieve multi-tenancy by providing each SaaS customer (tenant) with their own copy of a software application running inside a secure environment, saving ISVs the time and expense to rewrite their applications for SaaS.
"By integrating SWsoft Virtuozzo virtualization into our IT FACTORY Platform as a Service, we are able to provide ISVs with a fully-automated platform for delivering applications using a SaaS delivery model," said Carsten Sjorup, CTO, IT FACTORY.
Virtuozzo provides isolated containers for single tenant applications with lower overhead and superior performance than competing virtualization technologies. Virtuozzo uses the Application Packaging Standard (APS) to seamlessly integrate a broad range of applications for SaaS. It also runs IBM applications, such as the IBM WebSphere Application and Portal Server, IBM Lotus Domino and Notes, IBM DB2, IBM Rational Application Developer, and others.
"Working together with IT Factory and SWsoft helps provide a complete solution for IBM's large installed base of ISVs who want to enter the market with a SaaS offering," said Dave Mitchell, SaaS Program Director, IBM Software Group. "IBM is committed to helping its business partners understand the benefits of adopting a SaaS model, and providing them with the resources needed to embrace this business model."
Using IT FACTORY PaaS, customers will be able to manage their virtual environments more effectively than with a dedicated server. IT FACTORY and SWsoft are working to automate additional business processes such as online ordering and invoicing.
"SWsoft virtualization and automation software provides powerful technology to help IT FACTORY deliver their Platform as a Service offering," said Michael Gold, senior vice president, SWsoft. "SWsoft is committed to helping ISVs realize the benefits of SaaS by advancing an open platform and the APS standard to help ISVs move rapidly to SaaS."
The news is another step in IBM's commitment to helping business partners take advantage of the growing SaaS opportunity. IBM has collaborated with more than 160 business partners helping them transition their software solutions to a subscription-based delivery model, and more than 2,600 ISVs have joined the IBM SaaS partner community.
A copy of the IBM case study on the IT FACTORY and SWsoft solution can be found at www.ibm.com/isv/marketing/saas/itfactory.pdf. For more information about IBM's SaaS initiative, please visit www.ibm.com/partnerworld/saas.
About SWsoft Virtuozzo Containers
Virtuozzo dynamically partitions a single Linux or Windows operating system instance into highly efficient and scalable virtual environments. Virtuozzo includes patented technology that enables density of up to hundreds of virtual environments per physical server.
Unlike virtual machines and hypervisors, Virtuozzo addresses the challenges of operating system sprawl faced by today's data centers. Its unique architecture and management tools make Virtuozzo the ideal solution for provisioning, monitoring and managing virtualized server resources.
About SWsoft — Optimized Computing
SWsoft (soon to be renamed Parallels) is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating system, and virtualization platforms. The SWsoft family of award-winning products currently optimizes more than 1 million desktops and servers for customers in 125 countries. Founded in 1999, SWsoft is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.swsoft.com.
About IT FACTORY
IT FACTORY is a privately-held and independent software vendor ("ISV") with approx. 150 employees. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark IT FACTORY has a partner service center in Norway and two development centers in India. IT FACTORY has distributed more than 1.3 million licenses to more than 2,500 customers spread across the world. Focusing on Software as a Service, IT FACTORY is one of the fastest-growing ISV´s in the Nordics. IT FACTORY is a trusted IBM SaaS business partner and IBM Knowledge sponsor at Lotusphere 2008. For more information, please visit www.itfactory.com.