Guest blog post by user Andrew Derse Virtualization offers unparalleled cost reduction, productivity, and time savings for IT managers and system admins. With the capability to run Windows and Linux seamlessly on Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition can expedite usability and lessen headaches when managing a company’s environment. Since 1998, industry professionals have […]
Guest blog by Micah Williamson, Geospatial Services Manager at Cloudpoint Geographics Inc. I really “grew up “ in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field using ArcGIS. I started using Esri Products in college in spring of 2000, That was my first GIS class at Illinois State University. We used ArcView 3.1 and ArcInfo 7.0.1. I […]
Guest blog by Matt Tinney, CEO & Lead System Center Architect of Windows Management Experts Parallels is proud of our partnerships within the SCCM community. Windows Management Experts, Inc. (WME) is a key partner with us here in the Seattle area. They are system integrators for companies committed to installing, implementing and more effectively managing their […]
This is post was written by guest blogger Andrew Robinson, Senior IT Support Engineer at Gilt Groupe K.K. We are extremely excited and pleased to get to share his post as a special guest blog this week! Read on to learn about his experience choosing and using Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition. When I first joined […]
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This is post was written by guest blogger Robert Kite. We are extremely excited and pleased to get to share his post as a special guest blog this week! Read on to learn about his experience choosing and using Parallels Mac Management. For customers who are looking to manage their Mac clients with their current SCCM deployment, […]
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This blog post is being reprinted with permission from the original author, Carl Franklin. We are extremely excited and pleased to get to share his post as a special guest blog this week! Read on to learn about his experience choosing and using Parallels Desktop on his MacBook Pro. I went searching for the ultimate developer machine […]
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Parallels is pleased to announce the latest milestone in our alliance with CloudFlare, a global leader in Web performance and security. CloudFlare for service providers selling Parallels Plesk Panel (versions 11 and 10.4) is now available through the APS catalog. It takes less than 5 minutes to install and comes in two plans: CloudFlare Free and CloudFlare Performance Plus. Parallels is now making it extremely easy for service providers to upsellCloudFlair’s enterprise-grade website performance accelerator with built-in security, perfect forsmall and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) who are concerned about cloud security, yet also seek competitive advantages like Web acceleration for their sites.
In addition, CloudFlair delivers many operational benefits to Parallels Plesk Panel service providers by reducing server load and bandwidth usage, while protecting their servers from DDoS attacks. On average, a website on CloudFlare loads twice as fast for its visitors, experiences 65% fewer requests and can save upwards of 60% of bandwidth. There’s even an automatic IPv4/6 gateway, which enables site availability for visitors on IPv6 networks, while keeping IPv4 infrastructure intact until you’re ready to migrate.
Improved website performance and lower operational costs are only part of the CloudFlair story. SMBs continue to cite security concerns as a major barrier for adopting cloud-based applications and services. By securing their websites from potential threats, service providers can rest assured their hosting customers are better protected, while their end user site owners concentrate on managing their content and running their businesses. “The new CloudFlareplugin for Parallels Plesk Panel allows for quick and easy deployment,” said Gerado Altman, National Partner & Reseller Manager at Velocity Host. “We would love to keep CloudFlare as our own secret weapon, but really the more users who are on the network the greater the power CloudFlare has to wield against malicious attacks and help all those who use their services.”
CloudFlare aims to bring premium performance and security services to every website. Today, over 500,000 websites use CloudFlare, ranging from blogs and SMB e-commerce storefronts to governmental agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Interested Parallels Plesk Panelservice providers can download CloudFlare today via the APS catalog. Not a Parallels Partner yet? Sign up here (even at the no obligation Member level), then head down the path to greater profitability with Parallels Plesk Panel and CloudFlare.
Senior Business Development Manager, Parallels Service Provider Marketing
Cloud and hosted service providers using Parallels Automation have an unmatched capability to combine and integrate applications and services from different vendors to provide their customers with bundles that meet a wide range of business needs.
However, support issues can be a challenge when customers require assistance for services that may not be directly hosted by a service provider. To help Parallels Automation customers meet this challenge, Datacom has been working with Parallels to deliver an integrated cloud support model, which provides customers with access to seamless, end-to-end support for their cloud subscriptions.
The Parallels and Datacom support team alliance helps cloud service providers with:
• Activation assistance: Proactively contacting new customers and extending an offer to assist them in setting up their new services, migrating existing data into the cloud and customising applications to the extent possible to support their needs
• Integration: Providing technical consulting and support to integrate cloud services with the customer’s existing on-premise systems, to enable single sign-on, data sharing and more
• Technical assistance: Helping customers resolve issues when things go wrong, including when the problem is found to be in the service orchestration layer
• Customer service: Answering billing questions, assisting with account changes to add or modify services
• Service growth: Monitoring service usage, bringing new services into the cloud through Datacom’s APS development team, upselling and cross-selling where appropriate
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, the support delivered by Parallels and Datacom can serve as a competitive edge for cloud and hosted service providers.
Clark Hobson, Vice President
This post is part of the Parallels Partner Series, featuring the insights of service providers who are growing by leveraging Parallels software, expertise and ecosystem to meet the cloud computing needs of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). View other posts here.
In 2010, LuxCloud saw the opportunity to create a platform to help IT resellers market cloud-based applications on a white-label basis. We knew two things would make this concept compelling to resellers: very low start-up costs – as a result of zero infrastructure investment – and the ability to sell services under one’s own brand. And this was how LuxCloud was born.
We were very clear from the beginning that we wanted to offer a platform which allowed resellers to focus on launching new services and thus growing their business. Addressing issues of incorporating automated business functions (like billing) was important to us, as was the ability to quickly and easily automate the provisioning of services. In addition, the platform needed to be able to scale as quickly as our reseller partners were able to grow their own businesses.
We found our solution in Parallels Automation, which provides a complete and customizable operational and business support system for delivering SaaS. Every aspect of the solution – from service delivery through management and billing – is automated. This enables us and our resellers to rapidly deploy new services while minimizing operational costs and maximizing revenues and profitability.
The scalability aspect of Parallels Automation is another draw. As resellers get comfortable with the business model, they can add new services quickly and easily. They can potentially scale up from a few hundred users to even a million from the same platform and without investing in any infrastructure.
After receiving training from Parallels, we set up an on-boarding process for our resellers, which enable us to get them up and running within a few days. For the reseller, this faster time-to-market means better return-on-investment.
Within weeks of our launch, we won ten reseller partners across Western Europe, earning very positive feedback for our new delivery platform. What also makes LuxCloud popular among resellers is the ease of use and speed of integration and deployment. And because we take care of all service maintenance and management using Parallels Automation, resellers can focus on their core business – selling and delivering cloud services to their customers.
We are making plans to expand our business and services offerings using the Parallels Automation platform to include Microsoft Windows-based shared hosting and other Microsoft hosted applications. We are also planning to expand the business globally, adding additional services and applications according to market needs and demands.
We are using our ‘first-mover advantage’ based on Parallels Automation to create a market niche. While other service providers may recognize the opportunity, our deep understanding of the motivations of resellers, our long-standing relationships with the stakeholders in our ecosystem, and the proven success of our white-label distribution platform, puts us in a leadership position in a burgeoning cloud services distribution market.
CEO and Founder
This post is part of our ongoing Parallels Partner Series, featuring the insights of service providers who are growing by meeting the cloud computing needs of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs).
Vodien chose Parallels to be our virtualization partner, and it has been a fruitful partnership on our journey to become a top web hosting provider in Singapore and across the Southeast Asia region.
Our key strengths lie in providing product flexibility to customers along with a superior customer support experience. A significant enabling component of our strategy is based on Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, and we leverage this technology to enable a complete range of web hosting products, from shared hosting to cloud services.
What makes us popular as a provider to web hosting customers is that the virtualized hosting environment helps them immediately scale based on their current needs. As web applications and demand grows, customers can choose to select a higher-tiered web hosting package, and all of this can be accomplished immediately with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers. This allows our customers to enjoy both a cost savings and a more controllable upgrade process, even amidst unpredictable resource-usage.
This flexibility based on Parallels technology, combined with Vodien’s 24×7 Super Support team (who provides 2-hour resolution of any customer issue), and our Service Level Agreements (that guarantee the up-time of our network and hardware) truly differentiates our web hosting offering in Singapore and Southeast Asia.