Parallels Announces Recipients of its Third Annual Partner Awards

February 15, 2012

CEO Birger Steen recognizes the achievements of ecosystem partners and ISVs that have achieved exceptional cloud services success with Parallels products, solutions, services

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – February 15, 2012 – Parallels, the hosting and cloud services enablement leader, today announced the recipients of the Third Annual Parallels Partner Awards, as Parallels CEO Birger Steen recognized nine companies during Parallels Summit 2012, being held in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center. Parallels Partner Awards recognize outstanding yearly achievements by partners who utilize and innovate with Parallels products, solutions, services and ecosystem to increase their revenue, with special attention given to those partners who have excelled in the rapidly-expanding small and medium business (SMB) cloud services market.

"We congratulate both the finalists and recipients of this year’s Parallels Partner Awards, who are among the most successful hosters, service providers and ISVs in the cloud," said Birger Steen, CEO of Parallels. "By partnering with Parallels, and as valued members of our ecosystem, these companies continue to set the pace in hosting and cloud innovation and business growth. We are delighted to honor these and all of our partners who joined us at Parallels Summit, as we collectively plan for another year of helping service providers meet the growing demand of SMBs for cloud services.”

The 2012 recipients of Parallels Partner Awards are: Limestone Networks, New Partner of the Year; Apptix, Excellence in Innovation; Symantec, APS ISV/Service of the Year; ViUX Systems, Excellence in Shared Web Hosting Services and Parallels Plesk Panel; KPN, Excellence in Messaging & Collaboration Services and Parallels Automation; ServInt, Excellence in Virtualized Infrastructure Services and Virtualization; UOLDiveo, Emerging Regional Partner of the Year - LATAM; MTN Cameroon, Emerging Regional Partner of the Year - Africa; Kazakhtelecom, Emerging Regional Partner of the Year – Central Asia; PacHosting, Emerging Regional Partner of the Year - APAC; UberGlobal, Cloud Leadership Award; and HostEurope, President’s Award.

The New Partner of the Year Award recognizes significant growth in sales during the first year as a Parallels partner. It was awarded to Limestone Networks, a Dallas-based provider of enterprise-grade dedicated servers and hosting to resellers, VPS and shared hosts, cloud hosts, gamers, and other clients. Limestone Networks completed their first year in the Parallels Partner Program in 2011, and demonstrated both strong revenue growth and innovative use of Parallels products. "Limestone Networks is honored to be recognized by Parallels as their New Partner of the Year. As a dedicated server provider with clients in over 70 countries, we seek every opportunity to meet the needs of our customers,” said Kyle Haynes, Director of Sales & Marketing, Limestone Networks. “Our partnership with Parallels has allowed us to expand on our product offering and provide a value-add to our clients. Our friends at Parallels have been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to our continued growth in 2012.”

The Excellence in Innovation award acknowledges the partner that is the most innovative in delivering cloud services to SMBs. Apptix earned the award as the hosting pioneer continues to exemplify the innovative use of Parallels technologies in the areas of services, marketing and technical creativity, as both a hoster and application syndicator. The company has recently completed the certification for Apptix Hosted Microsoft Exchange as part of the Application Packaging Standard (APS) for syndication of cloud services. “Our partnership with Parallels gives Apptix a significant advantage in the delivery of our full suite of cloud-based services,” said David Ehrhardt, President & CEO of Apptix. “Parallels Automation enables us to leverage a single unified provisioning, billing, and management platform for the delivery of all our solutions. This gives Apptix the flexibility to meet the unique needs of businesses of any size – from SOHO to enterprise – and our blue chip channel partners, as well as expand rapidly into additional growing market segments.”

APS ISV/Service of the Year signifies an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) who has utilized the Application Packaging Standard (APS) to deliver a cloud-based application on the Parallels platform, providing a stellar end-user experience and driving accelerated run-rate growth for Parallels Service Provider Partners. Symantec is this year’s recipient based on the breadth of services integrated with Parallels, including SSL, desktop and .cloud AV/AS solutions. Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Its software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. “Symantec is committed to offering service providers solutions that enable them to offer their customers unmatched security solutions. We are honored to be named Parallels 2011 APS ISV Service of the Year,” said Stephen Banbury, Vice President of Worldwide Channel and Alliance Marketing, Symantec. “Symantec’s goal is to continually provide our partners with innovative solutions and programs that allow them to differentiate themselves from their competition, increase revenue and help their customers succeed.”

ViUX Systems earned the Excellence in Shared Web Hosting Services and Parallels Plesk Panel award by exemplifying a strong commitment to the full range of Parallels products, including Parallels Plesk Panel and SiteBuilder, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, Parallels Server Bare Metal, and Parallels Business Automation Standard (PBAS). ViUX Systems also demonstrates innovation in their customization of the standard PBAS storefront, including designing a user-friendly interface with control bars to easily customize resources and see the resulting price in real-time; a PDF price quote function; and shortening the normal checkout process from seven to as few as four steps. “ViUX Systems has leveraged Parallels Business Automation, Virtuozzo Containers, and Plesk Panel to create a highly automated and integrated Cloud Hosting system with ease of management for both our customers and staff,” said Jonathan Smith, CEO of ViUX Systems.

The Excellence in Messaging & Collaboration Services and Parallels Automation was awarded to KPN, who demonstrates a strong commitment to Parallels Automation technology through successful and creative deployments of Messaging & Collaboration services. KPN is among the world’s leading communications service providers, and continues to provide market innovation for the delivery of SaaS and IaaS through Parallels Automation, including Microsoft Office365 syndication and OpenSRS integration. “We’re proud of winning the Parallels Excellence in Messaging & Collaboration/Automation award and we look forward to working with Parallels in the future. Moreover, this collaboration enables us to continually provide our business customers in the Netherlands excellent online services,” said Omar Benameur, Director SaaS & Workspace Management at KPN.

ServInt was presented with the Excellence in Virtualized Infrastructure Services and Virtualization award for dedication to Parallels Virtualization technology. ServInt’s innovative and successful use of Parallels Virtuzzo Containers helps this hosting pioneer provider of high-reliability, managed hosting, including its scalable suite of VPS and Managed Dedicated Server packages to thousands of customers in more than 100 countries.

"Nearly a decade ago, we chose Parallels Virtuozzo Containers to be the base platform for all our virtualized servers," said ServInt Chief Technology Officer Matt Loschert. "Since then, we've built a Parallels-based server management system that truly maximizes the power and scalability of our hosting hardware. In 2012, as ServInt moves even further into the cloud, we remain an enthusiastic Parallels partner, and look forward to 10 more years of jointly developed, industry-changing hosting technologies."

The following Emerging Region Partner of the Year recipients are all located in an emerging global market, and demonstrate a strong commitment to Parallels products combined with demonstrated growth and an increased base of satisfied customers.

LATAM: UOLDIVEO is one of the largest Brazilian I.T. outsourcing companies. It operates datacenters and metropolitan broadband networks at the country´s main metropolitan areas, providing SLA-backed managed services for more than 3.000 mid to large size companies. A 100% Brazilian company, UOLDIVEO is part of Grupo Folha, one of the biggest private held conglomerates in South America. As one of only a handful service providers in South America to receive syndication rights to distribute Office 365. UOLDIVEO also provides the largest Portuguese web portal in the world, and is working with Parallels to have UOL Host utilize the Parallels Plesk control panel for that business. “Our relationship with Parallels was established in 2009, when we decided to automate one of our SaaS offerings with the Parallels Automation suite,” said Marcos Rodrigo, Director of Product Marketing at UOLDIVEO. “Today, as we have reached a greater level of maturity with this technology and also our partner, we have decided to migrate all of our custom-made automation for the Cloud Computing portfolio with PA. This level of commitment reflects both our satisfaction of working with Parallels, as well as the vision that we share for the cloud.”

Africa: MTN Cameroon continues to plan and deploy an aggressive strategy for offering shared hosting, VPS, hosted messaging and other cloud services across their emerging market. MTNC will launch one of the most complete services portfolios on Parallels Automation in any emerging market this month, including hosted Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Shared Hosting, VPS and Parallels Plesk Panel SiteBuilder. MTNC is part of the MTNGroup, a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Central Asia: Kazakhtelecom JSC, the national carrier of Kazakhstan and one of the fastest growing telecommunications companies in the former Soviet Union, provides a broad spectrum of information and communications services. Since launching their hosting business in 2009 with Parallels Automation, Kazakhtelecom has become the local hosting market leader in Kazakhstan with 30% of registered .kz domains in the country and over 50% market share in web hosting and VPS. Kazakhtelecom is also the first RMEA partner to deploy Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure (PACI) partner in RMEA, and currently plans to offer a full range of SaaS and IaaS services via Parallels Automation in the near future. “The leadership in the cloud service market in Kazakhstan is the company’s strategic goal,” said Marat Abdildabekov, IT Director of Kazakhtelecom. “The growth of the Internet usage in Kazakhstan requires us to enhance data centers' capacities in order to increase the internal traffic and develop the .KZ Internet domain zone. The Parallels Automation platform helped us solve many technical issues dealing with cloud service automation, and we are very happy with the results collaboration with Parallels.”

Asia: Since its inception in January 2002, PacHosting (Pacificnet Hosting Limited) has quickly grown to become one of the leading hosting service providers in Hong Kong. The deployment of the full suite of Parallels Automation and its related modules help provide PacHosting with a variety of professional information technologies services and online business solutions, including Web Hosting, Email Hosting, Virtual Private Server(VPS), Cloud Servers, and Microsoft Hosted Exchange 2010 for the small and large corporate community. PacHosting is planning for its future growth in IaaS with its planned deployment of PACI, and on the selected list of participants in the Microsoft Lync Beta for hosted unified communications and collaboration. “Through a strategic partnership with Parallels, PacHosting has been able to quickly establish ourselves as a leading hosting service providers in Hong Kong,“ said Natalie Kong, business analyst of PacHosting. “We are proud and honored to be recognized by Parallels for our achievements in Asia and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them to make cloud computing a reality for SMBs in the region.”

Australia’s third largest web service provider by market share, UberGlobal received the Parallels Cloud Leadership Award, as it continues to demonstrate leadership in the local and global cloud space though its innovative use of virtually the entire portfolio of Parallels software, from Parallels Plesk Panel to Parallels Automation. UberGlobal has defined a new category this year and received the inaugural Parallels Cloud Leadership Award. After their initial review of the services ecosystem enabled via Parallels Automation back in late 2009, UberGlobal has become one of the broadest adopters of modules within the platform. The company demonstrates leadership in the global cloud space though delivering services to over 100,000 organisations. UberGlobal holds significant market share, is Australia’s fastest growing cloud services provider and operates across enterprise, business and consumer segments. True to its tag line, ‘always ahead’, UberGlobal has launched Australia’s first complete turnkey cloud services platform, providing thousands of Ingram Micro resellers with new customer opportunities. “We are honored to receive this award, and are very optimistic about our future, given that we’re now operating with a large portfolio of Parallels products,” said Michael McGoogan, CEO of UberGlobal. “Along with our partnership with Ingram Micro, this has put us in good stead to continue on our path of rapid growth in 2012. We’ve spent the last two years working on a platform to support our SMEs, and are excited to see this investment come to fruition over the next year.”

As the recipient of the President’s Award, HostEurope demonstrates that it is a distinguished member of the Parallels Partner community that continues to create significant business and market impact. HostEurope exemplifies a high-level commitment to delivering value and service to its customers, which is evident in their sustained level of sales and customer growth, customer satisfaction and innovation, all though the use of the entire Parallels software portfolio including the deployment of Parallels Automation for SaaS. "We are delighted with the award from Parallels, who has a long-standing and valued relationship with Host Europe,” said Patrick Pulvermüller, Managing Director Host Europe GmbH. “We see Parallels' product range as playing a key part in our technical infrastructure. Parallels Virtuozzo and Parallels Bare Metal help us to provide our customers with a complete set of hosted server and infrastructure products, thus enabling us to deliver unmatched flexibility and cost-efficiency, and automate our internal processes at the same time. We at Host Europe value Parallels' innovative approach as they continue to deliver market-changing products to the hosting industry."

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