Parallels today announced that Network Solutions® has significantly broadened its range of open source hosted application offerings through the Application Packaging Standard (APS), which was developed to enable companies to make applications available in the software-as-a-service model quickly and simply. Network Solutions® is a leading global hosting provider that manages more than 7 million domains, over 1.5 million e-mailboxes, and more than 350,000 websites. The APS applications have been added to the Network Solutions® Open Source Library to enable web hosting customers to create new revenue streams by offering value-added services and better engage and interact with their own customers. The newly added services include blogging software WordPress, content management service Joomla! and photo organizer Gallery2.
Utilizing software-as-a-service allows businesses to pay only for the applications they need, for as long as they need them, without the hassles of installing and maintaining software. The APS standard is a key enabler of SaaS and simplifies the integration of web applications into hosting environments. The standard is a packaging format that makes it easier for service providers to deliver hosted applications developed by independent software vendors (ISVs). APS-certified applications can be easily "plugged" into hosting platforms that conform to the standard. While some of these applications are offered free on the Internet, they require significant time and skill to install and maintain. The APS standard streamlines installation and management of these applications while simultaneously removing the need for downloads registrations and passwords.
"Utilizing APS enabled Network Solutions® to expand our Open Source Library as quickly and simply as possible," says Bill Jolly, Director of Product Management, Network Solutions®. "The result is that our customers can easily tailor their hosting package with dozens of open source applications, allowing them to engage and interact with their users by installing blogs, wikis, forums and other applications with a single click."
"By implementing the Application Packaging Standard, Network Solutions® is able to offer its customers a greater variety of valuable applications with minimal cost and effort," said Jack Zubarev, President, Service Provider Division, Parallels. "We are pleased to see Network Solutions® realize real business benefits as the result of our ongoing effort to work with the industry to drive an open hosting platform."
About Network Solutions®
Network Solutions® (networksolutions.com), a leading provider of Web solutions and the pioneer of the domain name registration service, offers a full range of Web-related services, including Web hosting, web design, e-commerce software, search engine marketing, SSL certificates, e-mail services and domain name registration. Network Solutions® draws on nearly 30 years of experience to make it simple and affordable for customers to build and manage an online presence through a one-stop Web Solutions provider.
About Parallels — Optimized Computing
Parallels (parallels.com) is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 700 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia.