Hostway Accelerates Growth with Parallels Automation


Parallels Automation gives channel partners a fast time to market and low cost of entry to launch IaaS cloud services

RENTON, WA and CHICAGO, IL, August 27, 2014Parallels, the platform provider for cloud service delivery and Hostway, a leading provider of cloud, managed and hybrid hosting services, announced that Hostway has implemented Parallels Automation to support its syndicated Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings, enabling resellers to deliver branded cloud services efficiently and cost-effectively.

Hostway offers one of the hosting industry’s broadest solution portfolios that supports more than 200,000 customers directly and more than 40 million indirectly.  Hostway’s success is heavily reliant on its large network of resellers and distribution partners.

Parallels Automation powers a standardized Hostway reseller solution, branded as Cloud Connex, to get new partners up and running quickly with a provisioning and billing platform that can handle the complexities of a multi-tier channel ecosystem.

“Our partners are looking for end-to-end cloud delivery solutions that enable their business models,” said Todd Benjamin, vice president of hosted services, Hostway. “By using the Parallels Automation platform to build Cloud Connex we have developed a solution flexible enough to address the needs of these partners as they develop their cloud businesses, from public cloud to email and beyond. Parallels Automation gave us a platform with out-of-the-box provisioning and billing capabilities that can handle the complexities of a multi-tier channel ecosystem.”

Parallels Automation is the only platform to automate and simplify cloud service delivery for the largest telcos, hosters and IT distributors. It accelerates creation and delivery of unique cloud services bundles through multiple sales channels, streamlines service provider operations and gives channel partners and customers a unified service experience. By using APS, the world’s first open standard for cloud services, and Parallels fourteen years of industry experience, companies like Hostway get a solid foundation to build their cloud-based product and service offering.

After exploring options with Parallels Professional Services to design and deploy the platform, Hostway was able to go-to-market in less than six months.

“We had no in-house expertise specifically with Parallels Automation,” adds Benjamin. “As a result, the knowledge we received from Parallels Professional Services was critical to the correct planning, implementation and validation of the platform.”

Hostway’s Cloud Connex, on Parallels Automation, helps the company deliver turn-key services to resellers and reach an existing network of Parallels Automation partners with a syndicated solution.

“Hostway is a visionary company choosing to take full advantage of the Parallels Automation platform,” said Birger Steen, chief executive officer, Parallels. “Hostway is using the platform’s service delivery, bundling and multi-channel capabilities and APS to deliver a syndicated solution to other Parallels Automation partners.  This creates additional opportunities for Hostway and helps support the growing hoster without the traditional capital expenditures associated with building an in-house delivery system.”

About Parallels

Parallels® provides the platform for service providers to sell and deliver great cloud services to businesses worldwide and cross-platform solutions. Parallels began operations in 2000 and has developed into a fast-growing software company with more than 900 employees across offices in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.

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About Hostway Services, Inc.

Hostway Services, Inc. is a leader in Cloud, Managed, Web and Hybrid Hosting. Hostway delivers reliable, secure, and scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions to over 500,000 customers worldwide. Hostway has emerged as one of the largest cloud hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers in the world due to the company’s expertise in developing secure, multi-tenant hosting environments and is committed to providing SMBs and large enterprises with cost effective business solutions. Hostway’s core products include Managed HostingCloud HostingWeb Hosting, and Email and Applications.

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