Parallels, a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and desktop virtualization, today officially launched Parallels® Plesk® Panel® 11, the newest version of its market-leading hosting control panel software. The over 80 improvements in Parallels Plesk Panel 11 are based on customer feedback and Parallels’ vision for the hosting and cloud industries. New features include the latest Web technologies and faster performance in dedicated and virtualized environments, the addition of enhanced Web presence tools, and free priority support for hosters who select the premium Plesk Unlimited dedicated license.
“Parallels remains laser-focused on helping smaller and growing Web hosters and Website designers drive more revenue and expand their businesses,” said Birger Steen, CEO of Parallels. “Parallels Plesk Panel 11 joins our unmatched investments in helping these players succeed and grow, including valuable expertise, best practices, marketing tools and other go-to-market resources that are available to our partners, including those who join our new Member level at Parallels PartnerNet.”
“Parallels Plesk Panel 11 combines powerful functionality with an easy-to-use interface. Our customers are going to be amazed by how quickly they can create and manage professional looking Websites,” said Colin Smith, Managing Director at Simply Mail Solutions.
Parallels Plesk Panel 11 has enhancements in key feature areas to help hosters and Web designers to simplify their business operations, lower their costs and drive more revenue. These features include:
Better Server Performance with NGINX – Linux users can now reduce their CPU and memory usage by up to 50%, through the use of the NGINX server in Parallels Plesk Panel 11.
The NGNIX server is installed and configured automatically in in Parallels Plesk Panel 11, and accelerates Website access and application response times beyond what is available in default Apache Web servers.
New Parallels Web Presence Builder – Parallels Plesk Panel 11 includes the new Parallels Web Presence Builder, an intuitive Website building tool for small businesses and novice users. It allows Web hosters to provide industry-competitive self-service design tools for their SMB customers. Parallels Web Presence Builder includes drag-and-drop modules that let users easily customize their Website content, and automatically update their Facebook pages to mirror the content, look, and feel of their Website. For Web designers, Parallels Web Presence Builder can also be sold as an entry level Website building tool, which can later be leveraged to upsell customers to more advanced, custom site designs.
New Free Support Options – Parallels is introducing the most comprehensive selection of support options in the hosting panel industry, focused on the specific needs of hosters and Web designers who rely on Parallels Plesk Panel to run their online businesses.
• Customers with business-critical needs who purchase an Unlimited dedicated Plesk SKU license, will now receive free support by email.
• Customers who purchase Unlimited dedicated Plesk SKU with Parallels Plesk Power Pack will receive free premium support (via email, phone, Skype, or live chat).
Improved Web Site Experiences for Mobile Users – Since 50% of all Internet traffic is currently estimated to originate from mobile devices, site owners need a solution to leverage their existing Websites for a better mobile experience. Through a partnership with Unity Mobile, Parallels Plesk Panel users can now take existing Websites and render them for optimized viewing and browsing from any mobile device. Further, the included NGINX Web server in Parallels Plesk Panel functions as a proxy server for slow connections – such as 3G – to speed Website delivery to mobile devices.
Improved Security – Parallels Plesk Panel 11 provides enhanced server security and proactively helps avoid potential vulnerabilities. Password storage and encryption is now unified. Server Administrators can enforce minimum password strength levels. Security updates are now highly visible and easier to apply in Parallels Plesk Panel 11.
“As you evaluate and consider adopting the new Parallels Plesk Panel 11 release, the most important thing I'd like existing and prospective customers to understand is that Parallels listened,” said Craig Bartholomew, Vice President Panel Products, Parallels, in his open letter to customers. “We have heard you loud and clear that you want us to focus on the fundamentals: Web server performance, security and support. You also wanted us to stay consistent in our product offerings – making it easy to upgrade, easy to learn and easy to train others on, and fast for getting core tasks done in the user interface. Parallels Plesk Panel 11 delivers on all of those things and more.”
Many of the new features and enhancements in Parallels Plesk Panel 11 focus on innovation and support for the newest Web technologies:
• Support for the latest operating systems, including openSUSE 12.1, Ubuntu 12.04, and Debian 6, which is the most popular Linux distribution for Web servers
• Full support for IPv6, either standalone or "dual stack", which allows Websites to run on IPv4 and IPv6 interfaces simultaneously
• Parallels Plesk Panel 11 also works across both the Linux and Windows Server platforms so that the same experience can be delivered to all customers
• Support for Microsoft’s WebMatrix Web development tool, making it simple for novices and pros alike to use this popular software
• The Parallels Plesk Panel 11 user interface is now customizable, and can be simplified or extended based on the needs and the technical responsibilities of the user
• Hosted application support is included through the use of the Application Packaging Standard (APS) v1.2. APS packaged applications can now be easily deployed on Parallels Plesk Panel servers (see apsstandard.org for more information) – including applications using the DNS, PHP, Apache, and OS aspects of APS.
• A new Software Development Kit (SDK) is provided to create Parallels Plesk Panel extensions in both Linux and Windows Server, allowing ISVs and Web developers to customize and extend the functionality of Parallels Plesk Panel 11
Parallels Plesk Panel 11 Launch Partners
Parallels Plesk Panel 11 is now available for purchase from over 60 of the world’s leading hosters via the Parallels Launch Partner Directory. Launch partners include: 123-reg, 01link Network Services, abaton, arysys.es, Catalyst2, Cirrus Hosting, CMO Internet Dienstleistungen, Dogado Internet, Dualtec/Nomer, eHosting Limited, Firstserv, GoDaddy.com, Heart Internet, Hetzner Online, HostDime, Host Gator, Hostepartner.fr, Hosting UK.net, Internet Central, Layershift, Leaseweb, Lexxa, LicenseCube, Locaweb, Lowcosthost.de, Media Temple, Melbourne Network Solutions, Netissime.fr, NuBlue, OVH, Oxyd.fr, Openprovider, PacHosting, PoundHost, PowerDNN, PSW Group.de, QWEB Internet Services-Servers.nl, Ratiokontakt, ReadySpace, RealHosting, REG.ru, Rusonyx, Server4You, ServerNest, Signetique, Simply Mail Solutions, Snel Internet Services, SoftLayer, Steadfast Networks, Storm Internet, Superb Internet, Thaibiz, UKHost4u, Usonyx, ViUX Systems, Webfusion, Websolute | BSA, weblink.ch, web-vision.de, Ximbo, XLHost, Zan-Guo-CE Int'l Co., Ltd., and Znet.
Launch Partner Quotes for Parallels Plesk Panel 11 – June 26, 2012
“Parallels Plesk Panel 11 combines powerful functionality with an easy-to-use interface. Our customers are going to be amazed by how quickly they can create and manage professional looking websites, and it provides Simply Mail Solutions with a real competitive edge in the hosting market.”
Colin Smith, Managing Director, Simply Mail Solutions
“Parallels Plesk Panel 11 has been selected as the control panel of choice for the launch of our brand new WinCloud Cloud based VPS service. We are very excited about Parallels Plesk Panel 11 and looking forward to offering to our customer base the latest advancements and functionality the control panel brings.”
Salim Benadel, Managing Director, Storm Internet
Signetique has always been a firm supporter of Parallels products. Ever since we first partnered Parallels in 2006 to offer Parallels Plesk Panel to all our users, we have always been impressed by the effort they put in to constantly improve their products and make it relevant to the end users. We are of the opinion that Parallels Plesk Panel 11 is a new milestone in terms of control panel technology is concerned, and that users will benefit from the exciting new features, in particular the Parallels Web Presence Builder."
Kenneth Tan, Signetique, COO
Webfusion is delighted to be one of the first to market, and a key partner in the launch of Parallels Plesk Panel 11. As part of the Host Europe Group, Webfusion has a long-standing and valued relationship with Parallels and we see their product range as being a major component in our technical infrastructure. We value Parallels' innovative approach, as they continue to deliver market-changing products to the hosting industry.
Thomas Vollrath, CEO, Host Europe Group
“We are thrilled to offer Parallels Plesk Panel 11 to our (dv) customers. Our (dv) product is the most trusted managed VPS hosting product in the industry. It’s a powerful business hosting tool, and we’re proud to continue its evolution as a launch partner with for the release of Parallels for their release of Parallels Plesk Panel 11.”
Sara Hicks, VP of Product, (mt) Media Temple
“Go Daddy cares about making technology convenient for customers so they can focus on what's really important, their website," said Go Daddy Vice President of Hosting Development Scott Brown. "Parallels shares Go Daddy's passion for listening to customers and improving products based on their feedback. Many Go Daddy customers are going to really enjoy what Parallels Plesk Panel 11 has to offer.”
Scott Brown, VP of Hosting Development, Go Daddy.com
"Parallels Plesk Panel 11 provides our customers with the best combination of cutting edge functionality such as NGINX acceleration packaged together with an intuitive and easy to use interface to make it accessible to all levels of expertise. It's the ideal solution for all types of user from shared hosting providers to innovative creative design studios and startups."
Damien Ransome, Sales Director, Layershift Limited
“Parallels Plesk Panel is very popular among our customers, and we're glad that the new Version 11 has even more convenient UI, nginx support and other newest technologies. Every new Parallels Plesk Panel version brings many pleasant surprises for us. We're glad that developers consider customers' requests and actively enhance the functionality and experience. Parallels Plesk Panel continues to evolve in the right direction, keep it up!”
Andreas Schwartzkopf, CEO, Rusonyx
“HostDime is a proud partner of Parallels and is excited to offer all the amazing new features of Parallels Plesk Panel 11 to our clients.”
Dan Silber, Vice President of Sales, HostDime
“As a Managed Service Provider offering both Linux and Windows Hosting, Parallels Plesk Panel has always been the obvious choice for ViUX, allowing us to offer a single control panel to all of our customers. We are excited about the release of Parallels Plesk Panel 11 to take our user’s experience to the next level!”
J.T. Smith – Managing Director, ViUX Systems, Inc
“As a Parallels gold partner for the past six years, ratiokontakt is proud to announce the launch of the newest version of Parallels Plesk 11 Panel to its customers. Through the use of the new Parallels Plesk Panel 11, we are taking the next step by offering our customers a web hosting control panel with an even greater variety of features and ease of use.”
Simon Russin, Managing Director, Ratiokontakt
“I’m excited to be part of the Parallels Plesk Panel 11 launch. If you want to focus on developing websites and not running a server, then Parallels Plesk Panel is your best choice.”
Daniel Keighron-Foster, Managing Director, Melbourne Network Solutions
“Parallels Plesk Panel 11 is an amazing step forward and an important milestone! As Internet Service Provider, we always look out to provide our customers with the best tools available. Parallels is one of the best and most competent partners with a great vision.”
Timo Mankartz – Managing Partner at Dogado Internet
“By being a launch partner for the release of Parallels Plesk Panel 11, the latest version of Parallels popular Web hosting control panel, SoftLayer is strengthening its commitment to offering customers leading edge software and services in addition to our automated infrastructure platform. Parallels is a key strategic partner and provides an extensive suite of software products valued by our joint customers.”
Jacob Linscott, Vice President of Information Systems, SoftLayer
The powerful management features in Parallels Plesk Panel 11 enables hosting service providers to offer their customers best services, by which customers can manage their website and automate the procedure quite efficiently. We are honored to be the partner with Parallels. It makes our hosting services more complete and perfect to grow our business.
Com Lin, CEO, Zan-Guo-CE Int'l Co., Ltd.
“At Cirrus Tech, we’re all about providing our Canadian web hosting customers with the best technology available. For this reason, we immediately jumped on board the Parallels Plesk Panel 11 launch and will be offering the newly improved control panel on all our VPS hosting plans.”
Ehsan Mirdamadi, CEO, Cirrus Hosting/Cirrus Tech
“123-reg has a long-standing relationship with Parallels, and as such we are delighted to be able to offer our VPS customers Parallels Plesk Panel 11. What’s more to celebrate this innovative product launch we are also offering our customers the chance to benefit from a 100 domain license free of charge, instead of the usual 10 domain one. We believe this will be a powerful management tool for our server customers.”
Thomas Vollrath, CEO, 123-reg
“At Openprovider, our main goal is to provide always quality products to our clients. Now we are glad to present you the latest new version of Parallels Plesk, Parallels Plesk Panel 11. This new version has a large list of advantages such as a higher protection and a decrease on support costs. Ready to try the latest Plesk Panel, version 11? Order it now at Openprovider, platinum partner of Parallels, and differentiate yourself in the market.”
Arno Vis, CEO, Openprovider
"We have chosen Parallels Plesk Panel 11 because its advanced automation and additional services integration. Parallels Plesk Panel 11 allows us to offer websites and hosting to new clients and additional services for existing customers in a fast and effective way, with very low sales cost due to the enhanced automation capabilities.”
Clovis Martins, CEO, Lexxa Internet
“At LicenseCube, we're proud to be an authorized distributor of Parallels. The all-encompassing Parallels Plesk Panel 11 control panel is the result of dedication and drive from the Parallels team, and we're proud to stand by Parallels on its initial release.“
Denis Motova, Founder, LicenseCube
"Locaweb's Cloud Server Pro with Parallels Plesk Panel 11 offers a complete solution for developers who want to resell hosting services or seek a friendly control panel to manage server resources on top of cloud computing technology. Go to locaweb.com.br/cloud to meet the plans and configurations that best fit your needs."
Camila Kamimura, Cloud Computing Marketing Manager, Locaweb
"With Parallels Plesk Panel 11, we will offer our clients an excellent administrative tool to professionally manage servers.”
Günther Müller, Managing Director, Hetzner Online AG
“Parallels Plesk Panel 11 offers enhanced panel security to protect sensitive business information for both hoster and our customers”.
Natalie Kong, Business Analyst, PacHosting
“Parallels Plesk Panel 11 works seamlessly with our cloud infrastructure to provide an agility virtual environment in resource scalability”.
Amy Lam, Marketing Manager, PacHosting
“As the world’s largest DotNetNuke platform provider, PowerDNN is committed to providing the latest and best technology to all of our customers. Parallels Plesk Panel 11 is an important part of the technology we provide to ensure that all our customer have an exceptional hosting experience.
Jeff Hardy, Director of Communications, PowerDNN
"Parallels Plesk Panel is the most widely used server control panel today. ReadySpace wants our customers to get the latest before others in Asia, so Parallels Plesk Panel 11 will be made available on all Cloud Servers running Linux upon launch day."
David Loke, Executive Director, ReadySpace
“We are delighted to be able to offer our VPS customers Parallels Plesk Panel 11 upon launch. The innovative GUI control panel gives our customers total control over their VPS and is an essential component of our VPS product offering.”
Jonathan Brealey, Director, Heart Internet
“We are happy to be a part of Parallels Plesk Panel 11 launch & will be offering it free with every Windows & Linux VPS.”
Munesh Jadoun, Founder & CEO, Znet
“ServerNest exclusively provides Parallels cloud solutions to its partners (Virtualization, Control Panel and Business automation). We offer the whole stack of solutions to resellers who want to profit from the cloud as affiliated, Reseller or Franchiser.”
Philippe Henneau, CEO, ServerNest
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