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Parallels announces enablement of new Cloud Infrastructure, Hosted PBX and APS-based services as SMB cloud consumption to increase sharply

February 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on Parallels announces enablement of new Cloud Infrastructure, Hosted PBX and APS-based services as SMB cloud consumption to increase sharply 

Hosting BlogORLANDO, FL. – Hosting and Cloud service enablement leader Parallels today announced it is positioning itself for the growth in small and medium business cloud consumption with the introduction of new strategic Cloud Infrastructure and Hosted PBX solutions, as well as support for  Microsoft Office 365 Syndication and Hyper-V Cloud. It is also increasing its investment in facilitating APS-enabled solutions to accelerate ISVs’ ability to also profit from the cloud.

According to ‘Parallels SMB Cloud Insights’ (U.S. 2010), small and medium business (SMB) cloud consumption has hit the mass adoption curve with the cloud services market valued at $10.6 billion in 2010.  This market opportunity will increase to $28.6 billion and small businesses with fewer than 100 employees are the foundation of this market. They account for over 80% of the total market spending and over 95% of all U.S. SMBs.

“SMBs cloud consumption has hit the wide adoption curve and driving a sea change in the cloud industry,” said Birger Steen, CEO of Parallels. “They are demanding a trusted, full service provider to deliver the integrated and complete portfolio of IT services they need. Today, there aren’t many that can provide the full service offering or keep up with the increasing expectations from their customers.  Partnering is the only way service providers will meet the growing needs of SMB and stay competitive.” Read more

Parallels Founder and Executive Chairman Names Birger Steen as CEO

February 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on Parallels Founder and Executive Chairman Names Birger Steen as CEO 

Hosting BlogORLANDO, FL. – Parallels, a global leader in Cloud services enablement and desktop virtualization software, today announced the promotion to CEO of current company President Birger Steen.  Steen has been charged with managing and accelerating the growth Parallels has experienced in recent years.  The profitable company generates more than $100 million in revenue. Parallels founder and outgoing CEO, Serguei Beloussov, will continue his full-time role as Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Architect driving the company’s strategy and innovation.

The announcement was made by Beloussov during his keynote speech at Parallels Summit 2011, the premier industry event for cloud service providers focused on SMBs and the company’s annual gathering for worldwide partners, customers, employees and other industry leaders. Read more

R1Soft to Demo Cloud Backup Software at Parallels Summit 2011

February 22, 2011 by · Comments Off on R1Soft to Demo Cloud Backup Software at Parallels Summit 2011 

Hosting BlogORLANDO, FL – On location in Orlando, Florida for the 2011 Parallels Summit, R1Soft, developer of backup and disaster recovery software for Windows and Linux servers in the Cloud, will exhibit for the first time its Continuous Data Protection (CDP) 3.0 Enterprise Edition. The company announced the availability of the product’s first release just last week.

This will be R1Soft’s third consecutive appearance at the Parallels Summit, one of the leading events for the Cloud hosting industry. Read more

Parallels announces Finalists in Second Annual Partner Awards, Winners to be revealed at Parallels Summit 2011

February 16, 2011 by · Comments Off on Parallels announces Finalists in Second Annual Partner Awards, Winners to be revealed at Parallels Summit 2011 

Hosting BlogRENTON, WA – Cloud services enablement leader, Parallels, today announced the finalists in its second Annual Partner Awards.  Winners will be revealed at the Parallels Summit 2011 (www.parallels.com/summit), February 23-24 in Orlando, Florida.

The Parallels Partner Awards recognize and celebrate partners that have achieved outstanding success using Parallels products, solutions and services throughout the year to increase customers’ sales and revenue.

As SMBs move to the Cloud in droves, it is essential that companies drive efficiency to accelerate growth, become a full service provider to grow profitability and reduce churn and partner with established companies with differentiating skill-set.

“The Parallels Partner Awards are the flagship industry awards for hosters and service providers,” said Jack Zubarev, President of Marketing and Alliances at Parallels.  “These awards recognize companies that have not only achieved significant results for the year but have positioned themselves well for the future by using Parallels products to launching new and innovative Cloud services that increase customers’ sales and revenue.”

This year there are seven award categories that reflect the global market and product areas of Parallels.  Categories and finalists are:

1. New Partner of the Year – A first year Parallels partner that achieves strong revenue growth and is particularly innovative in using Parallels products.

Finalists:
Altaway Technologies, Inc.
Home.pl
Outsourcery Ltd

2.   Excellence in Innovation – The most innovative partner in delivering services, marketing its business and being technically creative.

Finalists:
intergenia AG
Readyspace
Softec Internet
UCVHOST

3.   Excellence in Shared Web Hosting Services and Parallels Plesk Panel – The Parallels partner that is successful and creative in delivering shared web-hosting services while being dedicated to Parallels Plesk Panel.

Finalists:
Jumpline.com
Pacificnet Hosting Limited
VS-HOSTING
Zhongziyuan (ZZY) Network Services Co., Ltd.

4.    Excellence in Messaging & Collaboration Services and Parallels Automation – The Parallels partner that is successful and creative in delivering messaging and collaboration services while being dedicated to Parallels Automation.

Finalists:
Apptix
RISC Group IT Solutions Ltd
Softcom Inc.

5.    Excellence in Virtualized Infrastructure Services and Virtualization – The Parallels partner that is successful and creative in delivering virtualized infrastructure services while being dedicated to Parallels Virtualization.

Finalists:
OTSUKA CORPORATION
Web24 Group Pty Ltd
Webfusion

6.    Emerging Region Partner of the Year – The partner that has strong year-on-year sales growth, a growing customer base, and a strong commitment to Parallels products in Latin America, Middle East, Africa or developing countries in Asia.

Finalists:
Active Technologies
Aerotek Ltd
MTN Cameroon

7.    President’s Award – The partner that has distinguished themselves amongst the Parallels partner community by successfully delivering high sales growth, customer satisfaction, innovation, adding new customers, and creating significant business impact.

Finalists:
KPN
(mt) Media Temple, Inc.
Tsukaeru.net Read more

AT&T Keynote at Parallels Summit to share insights into latest Cloud Trends

February 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on AT&T Keynote at Parallels Summit to share insights into latest Cloud Trends 

Hosting BlogRENTON, WA – Parallels today announced that AT&T will share its perspectives on the opportunity presented by the move of IT services to the Cloud in a keynote speech at the Parallels Summit 2011. Ebrahim Keshavarz, AT&T Vice President of Small Business Product Management, will present: “The Cloud Opportunity – A Communications Service Provider Perspective” at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 24th.  Parallels Summit is the leading global annual gathering of the Cloud industry and it will take place February 22-24 at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“The landscape for Cloud and SaaS services is changing rapidly” said Keshavarz. “Small and medium businesses stand to gain immensely from new applications and functionality that can now be delivered from Cloud-based platforms. AT&T is committed to helping our customers benefit from this shift and we look forward to attending Parallels Summit and sharing our vision for the future of Cloud services for small and medium businesses.”

The focus of the 6th Annual Parallels Summit is on taking advantage of the Cloud services opportunities in the SMB market. AT&T’s keynote is one of eight keynote presentations by industry leaders and innovators.

“We are delighted to have Ebrahim speak at Parallels Summit. AT&T is an industry leader and in his role as Vice President of Small Business Product Management, Ebrahim’s perspective on the fast-changing Cloud space will be of real interest to all attendees as the market for Cloud-based services evolves” said Jack Zubarev, Parallels President of Marketing and Alliances.

More than 1,500 attendees are expected at the Parallels Summit 2011, including hosting companies, communication service providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), software vendors and web designers from around the world. A detailed agenda of the Summit sessions and activities is available at www.parallels.com/summit/global/agenda.

About Parallels
Parallels is a worldwide leader in hosting and cloud service enablement and desktop virtualization. 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, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ParallelsPanel and www.twitter.com/ParallelsCloud or read the Parallels Cloud Service Provider blog at http://blogs.parallels.com/serviceprovider. Read more

Parallels Opens Registration for Parallels Summit 2010

March 18, 2009 by · Comments Off on Parallels Opens Registration for Parallels Summit 2010 

Webmaster NewsHerndon, Va. – Parallels, a leader in virtualization and automation software, announced today that registration for its 5th annual conference is open. Parallels Summit 2009 – the biggest event of the US hosting industry calendar – was held earlier this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event attracted a record number of attendees and featured keynote sessions from respected industry leaders and commentators, headlined by Parallels CEO, Serguei Beloussov. Parallels Summit 2010 promises to deliver even more networking and educational opportunities.

“I thought the speakers were a big step up from most events in this space,” said Antonio Piraino, Senior Analyst, Managed Hosting & Cloud Infrastructure Services, Tier 1 Research. “I think that’s the reason we saw the rapid up-swing in attendees to well over 1000. The content was focused, relevant and I got the sense that people were really trying to help each other’s businesses rather than just harbor a hidden sales pitch for the latest and greatest products.” Read more

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