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Hosting and cloud services specialist Parallels announced the introduction of cloud infrastructure and hosted PBX platforms, 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 help independent software vendors (ISVs) ability to also profit from the cloud. Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure can be managed through an integrated management panel enabling IT professionals to self-create, self-scale, and self-manage virtual data centers. The infrastructure supports service delivery components like provisioning, billing and self-service management.

Service providers can deploy Microsoft’s System Center Hyper-V Cloud virtualization with Parallels Automation. This enables them to manage Hyper-V virtual machines, offer self-service control panels and implement a multi-tier reseller channel using Microsoft System Center and Parallels Automation. Parallels also expanded the suite of Microsoft products available to service providers with the addition of Hyper-V support. Other solutions available include Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Office Communications Server, Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Online Services syndication.

"Cloud infrastructure services are powered by a number of different technologies and hosting customers buy various types of hosted applications built by different technology vendors. The challenge for hosters is to support and automate the delivery of as many of these technologies as possible," said Philbert Shih, senior analyst for hosting at Tier1 Research. "This is crucial because accommodating different technologies helps hosters maximize their market opportunity while delivering choice and flexibility to customers."

To accelerate the delivery of new application application packaging standard (APS) enabled solutions, Parallels has developed a program to provide a network of system integrators that can help service providers to APS package their offerings. System integrators include ActiveCloud, Komtet, Softec and iSynergy.

For more, read the eWeek article: Parallels Launches Hosted PBX, Cloud Infrastructure Services.