Cloud enablement leader, Parallels, today announced at TMForum in Nice that Telekom Austria’s subsidiary mobilkom austria has launched Parallels Automation including Linux Shared Hosting, Windows Shared Hosting, business-class email hosting and mobility services.
This helps mobilkom austria to combat falling margins in the mobile sector, deliver new cloud-based managed hosting services to small to medium-sized businesses and increase its revenue. Parallels Automation is a cloud services delivery system that allows mobilkom austria to maintain an IT backbone that serves both mobilkom austria and Telekom Austria without any additional staff.
"We needed full Windows and Linux compatibility and a product that was scalable with our business," said Michael Wetzlmaier, Product Manager for Web Hosting Products, Telekom Austria. "Parallels Automation was the perfect solution for our business and provided a seamless and custom integration into our existing OSS/BSS systems."
mobilkom austria was facing increased competition and shrinking margins and realized the best way to respond was to evolve its business model from a pure mobile carrier to a company that delivers small business-focused IT services offered from the cloud. Parallels Automation provides the speed and flexibility mobilkom austria needs to profit from these new markets.
"It is great to see Parallels Automation helping a partner offer profitable cloud services to its customers," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "mobilkom austria’s work to widen its technology portfolio is an excellent example of a business managing an intelligent and strategic expansion."
Another reason mobilkom austria selected Parallels Automation is the integration of the Application Packaging Standard (APS) that Parallels adheres to, which enables mobilkom austria to rapidly launch new cloud services as they become available from third-party ISVs.
"We designed an API for our business class email service and Parallels developed the management side of the system to make the integration of the service into the control panel possible," said Michael Wetzlmaier, Product Manager for Web Hosting Products, Telekom Austria. "This is one reason we decided on Parallels Automation as we knew we were going to be able to integrate our own preferred systems which are used internally and by our external customers."
Parallels Automation automates the full lifecycle of integrated operations and business system automation for service providers — from service management and provisioning to customer self-service and datacenter management. It decreases the time spent on repetitive administration tasks and system maintenance allowing business to focus on growth and profits.
"The long-term plan is to integrate Parallels Automation further into Telekom Austria's business and for mobilkom austria to leverage it for business growth in new telco divisions that it establishes outside of Austria," said Wetzlmaier.
Parallels (parallels.com) is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and cloud services providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with more than 700 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com.
About Telekom Austria
The Telekom Austria Group is the largest telecommunications company in Austria and is successfully positioned in international markets. The operating segments of the Telekom Austria Group are composed of fixed net and mobile communications.
The fixed net segment comprises all fixed net activities of the Telekom Austria Group in Austria. Its product portfolio covers voice telephony, data and IT solutions, Internet access and media, added-value services and wholesale.
The segment mobile communications bundles the mobile phone activities of the Telekom Austria Group. Besides mobilkom austria in Austria, the mobile communications companies of the Telekom Austria Group are Mobiltel in Bulgaria, Velcom in Belarus, Vipnet in Croatia, Si.mobil in Slovenia, Vip mobile in the Republic of Serbia, vip operator in the Republic of Macedonia and mobilkom liechtenstein in Liechtenstein.
More than 2.3 million fixed line customers and over 18.9 million mobile customers place their trust in products and services provided by the Telekom Austria Group.
The Telekom Austria Group has over 16,500 employees and achieved revenues of EUR 4.8 billion in 2009.