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Parallels Releases SmartStart for Microsoft Office 365

Parallels logoParallels this week announced that it is the first company to support the new Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program, which was recently announced at WPC. In the wake of this new program, Parallels has developed SmartStart for Office 365, a program that helps Microsoft-approved resellers quickly get traction.

So what is it? Parallels SmartStart for Office 365 is a fixed-rate, low-cost implementation of the company’s Parallels Automation service with the addition of user training and certification, as well as the ability for partners to create a custom “storefront” or add any of the 500 current services available on the Parallels Automation platform. Any size of partner, from enterprise to SMB, is able to quickly deploy the full range of Microsoft cloud solutions. To date, Parallels partners have completed over 1.5 million Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange business class seats, with that number expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.

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Parallels Summit Day Three: Company News and Insights from Serguei Beloussov

Parallels Summit LogoWednesday marked the final day of the Parallels summit, and I wanted to take some time to not only give a quick summary of that morning’s keynote from Arconis CEO, Serguei Beloussov, but to also cover Parallels’ company announcements.

I’ll begin with the news Parallels released earlier this week in the form of a press release. Parallels announced that it has completely redesigned its Parallels Cloud University, an online (browser-based) training program for business and technical roles in service providers’ companies. According to Parallels, this training allows service provider partners to quickly onboard new employees.

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Parallels Summit Day Two: Changing Reseller Roles, Cloud Battleground

Birger KeynoteGood day again, and welcome to today’s coverage of the goings-on at the Parallels Summit 2014! I was up bright and early again to attend today’s keynotes, which spoke directly to the Service Provider (IT Pro) role in the changing cloud industry.

I have already discussed the growing presence of the Cloud, not only on the tech side, but also for Main Street SMBs, like florists, plumbers, manufacturers, etc., so let’s dig into the good stuff! I attended three keynote presentations this morning, the first of which was another check-in from Parallels CEO, Birger Steen (pictured), with new software version announcements, as well as the announcement of the company’s top partners (I’ll cover this news in a separate article).

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Day One at the Parallels Summit 2014: SMB Cloud Insights, Reseller Role in Cloud Environment

Parallels Summit LogoGood day, SMB Nation Community. I am writing to you live from the Parallels Summit 2014 in New Orleans, LA this week, and I am pleased to share the Day One news with you all. I will begin by covering the Parallels SMB Cloud Insights Report findings for 2014, then I’ll move on to highlights from the two panels I was able to attend today, one of which was on SMB Cloud Computing trends, and the other was the Future of Cloud.

The big story out of the Parallels Summit today is of course the release of the company’s SMB Cloud Insights report findings for 2014. This study, which has just completed its fourth year, is the result of over 12,000 SMB interviews across 14 countries. This year’s report showed a significant increase in the cloud opportunity for SMBs. The SMB market is expected to continue this growth, with a predicted 26% CAGR increase up to $125 billion by 2016.

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Parallels Releases Parallels Cloud Server for Use with HP Moonshot

Parallels logoEarlier this week, Parallels announced the release of its Parallels Cloud Server, a virtualization solution for use with the HP Moonshot server. According to Parallels, this is the first workload-optimized solution of its kind in the industry.

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Microsoft WPC: Parallels Expands MSFT Cloud Offerings for CSPs

Parallels this week at the Microsoft WPC has launched support for a Microsoft Azure Pack for Hosting Providers and updates to a collection of cloud service delivery solutions for Microsoft partners. The solution, developed in collaboration with Microsoft’s server and tools business group, is in addition to the new support of Microsoft Azure Pack for Hosting.

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Parallels Releases New Versions of Web Management Solutions for SMBs

Parallels logoEarlier this week, Renton, WA-based Parallels announced new versions for two of the company’s hosting services. The enhancements made to the Parallels Web Presence Builder 11.5 and Parallels Plesk Panel 11.5 have been introduced to allow users to streamline the building and hosting process for SMB websites.

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Is Convergence Finally Here? Mac and PC Worlds…

Over the past two days, the MacTech Boot Camp in Seattle has brought together a robust audience of Apple aficionados. So intrigued was I that I attended part of both days. The first day (Tuesday) focused on an Office for Mac accreditation. Yesterday was the full-on robust workshop featuring a variety of Macintosh-centric topics including mobility, storage and Office as seen here: http://www.mactech.com/bootcamp/sessions.

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Anturis Releases Beta Version of IT Infrastructure Monitoring, Troubleshooting Solution

Anturis earlier this week announced at the Parallells Summit the beta release of IT infrastructure monitoring and troubleshooting solution, free for a limited time. Co-founded by Parallels Founder and Chairman of the Board Serguei Beloussov, Anturis’ IT infrastructure monitoring solution is available now. Anturis was also on hand to demo the product at the Parallels Summit in Las Vegas this week.

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Cisco Makes Equity Investment within Parallels Cloud Services

Parallels said earlier today that Cisco has made an equity investment in the company that supports joint go-to-market activities to deliver cloud service delivery capabilities.

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