Software as a Service Means No More Software Downloads and Installations
RENTON, Wash., January 30, 2008 – Parallels virtualization technology has enabled Struktur AG to simplify its "spreed" global conferencing solution from downloadable software to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application delivered via the Internet. Now, a user can initiate a conference by clicking on a web link to connect as many as 1,000 people anywhere in the world regardless of hardware and without any additional software.
Parallels Virtuozzo Containers use the Application Packaging Standard (APS) to deliver the spreed conferencing software as a virtual appliance that can run on any server securely. Previously, a spreed user had to download, install and then configure the software to run on their computer. Initially available in August 2006, the solution was converted to a virtual appliance in September 2007. Today, it is used by more than 100,000 users to talk, share and view files including video, as well as type chat messages.
"Moving our product to a new model using Parallels Virtuozzo designed for SaaS has reduced our sales cycle to as little as one day, which simply wasn't possible before," said Niels Mache, CEO of Struktur, based in Stuttgart, Germany. "Now we're working with nine service providers around the world that offer our web conferencing as SaaS-based application."
Virtuozzo is the only virtualization solution that could provide the high performance, reliability, easy maintenance and hardware independence that Struktur required to successfully deploy spreed as a virtual appliance. Virtuozzo uses the APS standard to seamlessly integrate a broad range of applications for SaaS. Virtuozzo's management tools linked with SWsoft e-commerce and ordering solutions provided a fully automated provisioning and billing architecture for the spreed application.
"Parallels Virtuozzo virtualization technology combined with our automation software provides the ideal SaaS platform for spreed and other applications that can be delivered as a web-based service," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "The spreed solution is another example of how our open platform and the APS standard are driving real business results for our customers."
A free, full-feature version of spreed is available for anyone to connect with up to two other users by registering at http://checkin.spreed.com/join_form. Service providers interested in learning more about spreed can visit www.spreed.com.
"Spreed has been a quantum leap for our web hosting business in Japan, called Tsukaeru.net, helping us improve our reputation in the market and increase sales," said Jason Frisch, CEO, JMF Investment & Technology PTY Ltd. “We will now start reselling that service to our small-to-medium customers so they can communicate more effectively with their customers.”
Parallels Virtuozzo is the leading virtualization solution for hosting providers. The container-based virtualization software 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. Each virtual environment has the same performance and functionality as a stand-alone server and can be managed with Parallels Plesk Control Panel, third party control panels or in-house systems.
About Struktur AG
Struktur, the Germany-based technology factory, develops innovative products for information management and process optimization in the business sector. spreed is a worldwide Web 2.0 meeting and collaboration system. spreed meetings can be held on virtually any PC or Mac on most operating systems without running additional software. Worldwide, more than 100,000 users benefit from spreed Web 2.0 meetings and trainings. spreed conference centers are located in Europe, the U.S., Japan and Australia. For more information, visit www.spreed.com.
About Parallels - Optimized Computing
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 system, 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.