Parallels Announces Corporate Sponsorship of OpenStack Foundation

December 18, 2013

RENTON, WA – December 18, 2013 — Parallels, a leading hosting and cloud services enablement provider, is now a corporate sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation. By formalizing its support for the open source cloud computing platform, Parallels is aligning its open source strategy to support OpenStack. The overall goal of the Parallels OpenStack initiative is to enable service providers to easily deploy OpenStack as their cloud platform for delivering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

OpenStack is an open source cloud computing platform that helps organizations manage compute, storage, and networking resources in private and public cloud environments. Service providers, enterprises, government agencies and academic institutions around the world use OpenStack to power demanding production workloads.

“OpenStack is top-of-mind for many of our service providers,” said Birger Steen, chief executive officer, Parallels. “Parallels deep knowledge of the service provider requirements necessary to install the OpenStack platform will contribute significantly to making it easier and more compelling for companies looking to adopt the technology.”

Parallels contributions to the OpenStack community will focus on two distinct areas: improving the integration of containers virtualization within the OpenStack compute layer and working within the community to help optimize OpenStack orchestration for the service provider industry. The adoption of these technologies within OpenStack will greatly improve the ability of service providers to provide OpenStack-based IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.

“There is extensive diversity when it comes to the technology building blocks service providers use to deliver cloud services, and every company is going to choose its own path,” said Philbert Shih, managing director, Structure Research. “Open source is often part of that equation, and supporting OpenStack along with various other enabling technologies is part and parcel of being an end-to-end platform for the cloud.”

“Many service providers in the global mass market hosting industry are adopting OpenStack as a core technology to enable public cloud services,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director, OpenStack Foundation. “Parallels has a strong position in the service provider market and can grow the number of OpenStack clouds by helping them successfully deploy and manage the platform. We are very pleased to have them supporting the OpenStack Foundation and look forward to their contributions to the OpenStack community.”

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