MSP Today Expert Feature
July 10, 2013

Parallels Draws Line Straight to Azure

Parallels, a virtualization company most known for bringing Windows to the Mac is now diving deep into Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows Azure. The whole idea is to help hosting companies better support the Microsoft cloud platform.

Much of this support on the Redmond side comes from the Microsoft Azure Pack for Hosting Providers. This is a tool that makes it easier for hosting providers to host Azure. There are also hosting packs for Exchange, Lync and Office 365 that Parallels also now supports in updated fashion.

Virtualization, such as what Parallels provides, is key the cloud, as it is how all the compute power is supported and provisioned. The cloud is, after all, just an amalgam of virtual machines made to work as one.

Parallels started working with Microsoft way back in 2007 to help telcos and MSPs provision their cloud services.

The Parallels technology is largely aimed at SMBs that buy services.

Parallels believes it has at least one answer to MSPs prayers. “With this new product announced today, Parallels now helps bring the power of Microsoft’s Azure platform into a domain hosting provider’s datacenter for sales to service provider’s SMB customers. Service providers can now speed their time to market and deliver the latest innovations from Microsoft ahead of their competitors,” the company said.

Checking into Office 365

Parallels also updated its Microsoft Office 365 support with “multi-language support to help address differing regional needs.” The company now claims it supports one out of three Office 365 hosters globally.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey