Cisco invests in hosting and cloud services enablement provider Parallels

Infotech Lead America: Cisco has invested in Parallels, a hosting and cloud services enablement provider.

Cisco’s equity investment in the company will support joint go-to-market activities to deliver cloud service delivery capabilities.

The strategic investment is aimed to strengthen inter-company collaboration towards accelerating customer adoption of Parallels cloud service delivery products with Cisco cloud and data center infrastructure solutions.

As part of the investment, Parallels and Cisco also agreed to expand joint development, marketing and industry initiatives.

“Cisco is continuing its commitment to technology development and innovation through strategic investments,” said Hilton Romanski, vice president, Corporate Business Development, Cisco.

“In collaboration with Parallels, we are focused on offering a more efficient and easier-to-use cloud services delivery model for service providers. We are particularly excited about Parallels global presence — including its operations in Russia — which affords Cisco a continued opportunity to fuel innovation there and around the world,” Romanski added.

Birger Steen, CEO, Parallels, said: “Parallels is committed to enabling our service provider customers to offer the most comprehensive, seamless and flexible set of cloud services for their SMB end-users. By strengthening our collaboration with Cisco, Parallels is focused on accelerating its growth and offering an end-to-end solution for cloud service providers.

Founded in 1999, Parallels has more than 900 employees in North America, Europe and Asia.

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