Hosting and cloud service enablement leader Parallels® today announced syndication for Microsoft Office 365 through its flagship Parallels Automation. Parallels Automation automates delivery, provisioning, and billing of service delivery, and this support will now extend to Office 365.
Building on Parallels’ years of experience and success in helping Microsoft partners derive profit from the cloud, this represents the fastest way for service providers to bring Office 365 to the market and accelerate time to revenue and profitability.
As small businesses continue to increase their adoption of cloud based services, service providers must develop a full service offering to meet this considerable opportunity and profit from the cloud. With billion in IT spend moving to the cloud in just the next three years (IDC, June 2010), service providers have a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on this shift by offering customers Office 365 bundled with other services.
The market is highly competitive and making an offering available as soon as possible is critical for success in the syndication of Office 365 as partners rush to make services available. Using Parallels Automation will let these service providers create and deploy Office 365 quickly and reliably, reducing time to market from many months to a few weeks.
The benefits of using Parallels Automation to deliver syndicated Office 365 to customers include the ability to:
• Launch services in weeks rather than months;
• Integrate with existing operational and business support systems leveraging a set of open APIs;
• Deliver hundreds of integrated IaaS and SaaS cloud services with a single automated platform.
“By providing a single delivery system that supports hundreds of cloud services, Parallels Automation enables you to automate the entire process of creating a new offering, thereby reducing your operating expenses. Building on our long-term relationship with Microsoft, we have created an integrated solution to help service providers quickly bring the new Office 365 services to market,” said Jack Zubarev, President, Marketing and Alliances, Parallels.
“AppRiver chose Parallels Business Automation to help simplify account management for new customers signing up for our Microsoft Office 365 bundled offering,” said Scott Paul, project manager with AppRiver. “Working with Parallels, we were able to quickly implement a solution that delivers swift provisioning and management of the Office 365 platform. With Parallels Business Automation in place, AppRiver is free to focus on delivering the high quality service our customers deserve.”
“With Office 365, small and midsize businesses can get the latest productivity technology in a single cloud service,” said David Scult, General Manager, Online Services Partner Marketing at Microsoft. “Enabling service providers to offer Office 365 through Parallels Automation will help deliver this new service to SMBs.”
“Many of our customers, particularly in the SMB market, are eager to leverage products in the cloud such as Office 365. Parallels Automation ensures that we can not only bring Office 365 to our customers quickly, but also bundle it with the additional cloud services we offer,” said JesperBakOlesen, CEO at TDC Hosting.
“The Microsoft Syndication contract offers KPN unique advantages in comparison with most of our competitors, concerning customer, billing and reseller relations. Using the Parallels platform, we can pass these advantages on to multiple KPN business lines and KPN brands without losing the ability to make a distinction between customers of these different parties. The Parallels platform allows us to easily up-sell from Office 365 to other bundles complete with domain and webhosting or other applications. Not having to develop our own provisioning software to connect with the Microsoft O365 platform saves money and valuable development resources” said Omar Benameur, Director of Online Software at KPN.
“The Parallels Automation/Office 365 integration, developed in co-operation with Microsoft and designed specifically for service providers, is an example of the close collaboration between two organizations committed to allowing service providers and, by extension, customers profit from the cloud,” notes Zubarev.
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Christy Seto, Bite Communications for Parallels
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