Parallels targets Indian SMBs with cloud services

Infotech Lead India:  Parallels, a hosting and cloud services enablement company, reveals that Indian small and medium businesses (SMBs) are rapidly adopting cloud services.

The latest Parallels SMB Cloud Insights research for India estimates that the Indian SMB market for the cloud services is worth 17 billion (US$339 million), and is likely to grow 35 percent year-over-year for the next three years, reaching 42 billion (US$839 million) by the beginning of 2016. Parallels disclosed at World Hosting Days India in Mumbai, that the number of service providers who are fully equipped to launching and managing new services to meet the needs of the India’s SMBs is steadily increasing.

Parallels Plesk Automation is a scalable, multi-server automation solution that will help service providers to grow and scale to meet the growing demand of cloud services by SMBs. Parallels Plesk Panel customers can  scale to thousands of servers and a wide range of services using a one-click migration pat.

Parallels Plesk Automation can simplify the management of  thousands of customers from a central point and will grow with time to include infrastructure and application (SaaS) modules.  Indian partners such as XcellHost have already deployed Parallels Plesk Automation on hundreds of servers. The solution is being rapidly adopted by companies globally.

Samir Jhaveri, managing director, XcellHost, commented that the technology’s centralized management offering has reduced administration effort and improved service quality, simultaneously speeding up go-to market to effect increased customer satisfaction.

Indian service providers can offer SMB customers growth in web presence, web applications and easy-to-consume hosted infrastructure including cloud servers and storage. As India’s infrastructure develops rapidly, Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is expected to  experience steady growth with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent through 2016 to become a 17.2 billion (US$344 million) market. Comparatively, the  worldwide market for enterprise cloud-based services is expected to be worth US$31.9 billion in 2017.

Fifty percent without Private Branch Exchange (PBX) systems are likely to add this service over the next three years.

Service providers can make the most of this opportunity by using integrated products launched by Parallels, such as Parallels Cloud Storage. This product reduces the cost of high-availability and high-performance storage by using the existing unused disk space on server nodes to create a self-healing, centralized storage pool for distributed cloud storage.

Parallels Cloud Storage is offered as an upgrade for existing Parallels Virtuozzo Containers and Parallels Server customers. It will support third party virtualization technologies in 2013.

Businesses can deploy cloud storage and high availability Virtual Private Servers with the same skills and people they have for Parallels Virtuozzo Containers and Parallels Server Bare Metal servers.

The Indian web presence market is worth ₹2.7 billion (US$55 million) currently. It has increased by 45 percent in the past year. However, due to low usage of websites overall, Parallels expects a strong continued opportunity in web presence and web applications over the next several years. It is estimated that the Indian SMB web presence market will grow by at least 36 percent year-over-year, reaching ₹6.8 billion (US$137million) in 2016.

Parallels Plesk Panel 11 is by far the fastest adopted version of the company’s product. It enables web hosters and web designers to create and offer rich hosting plans as well as to manage customers and resellers.

Parallels Plesk Panel enables hosters to provide full Virtual Private Server (VPS) offerings to SMBs. Parallels Plesk Panel can increase Average Revenue Per User (ARPU),  therefore increasing profitability  and user loyalty while reducing operating costs. Directi is one of the service provider in India that has implemented Parallels Plesk Panel 11.

Earlier this year, Cisco invested in Parallels to strengthen inter-company collaboration towards accelerating customer adoption of Parallels cloud service delivery products with Cisco cloud and data center infrastructure solutions.

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