Parallels has expanded its line-up of products aimed at cloud computing service providers, adding platforms that will enable them to deliver hosted PBX services and updating its Plesk control panel for web hosting, all with an eye to the SMB market.
Parallels announced the new cloud computing provider offerings at its Parallels Summit 2012 in Florida, where the firm also revealed research indicating that small-to-medium businesses are set to be the most enthusiastic adopters of cloud computing services in the near future.
"SMB cloud adoption is continuing to grow pretty aggressively, especially in the US," John Zanni, vice president of service provider marketing and alliances at Parallels, told V3.
"We found that companies with fewer than 20 employees are at three times more likely to choose a cloud service over an on-premise server."
According to Parallels, the global SMB market for cloud computing services is set to double between now and 2014, to an estimated $68 billion, and the firm is aiming to provide the technology to deliver on that scenario.
"Our goal is to make service providers grow and profit from the SMB cloud, with service delivery software, expertise and our partner ecosystem," Zanni added.
To this end, Parallels announced Parallels Automation for Hosted PBX, along with previews of Parallels Plesk 11 and Parallels Plesk Automation.
Available immediately, Parallels Automation for Hosted PBX is a full-featured platform for delivering virtual PBX services from the cloud.
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