Parallels introduces Parallels Plesk Automation to propel Indian SMBs’ Cloud Services Adoption

parallels-2Parallels, the hosting and cloud services enablement leader,  announced at World Hosting Days India in Mumbai, India that the adoption of cloud services among Indian small and medium businesses (SMBs) continues to grow rapidly as more service providers are fully equipped to launching and managing new services to meet the growing needs of the country’s burgeoning SMBs. According to the latest Parallels SMB Cloud Insights™ research for India, the Indian SMB market for the cloud services estimated at 17 billion (US$339 million), and is expected to grow 35 percent year-over-year for the next three years, reaching ₹42 billion (US$839 million) by the beginning of 2016.

To meet the growing demand of cloud services by SMBs, service providers need to be able to grow and scale. To this end, Parallels recently released Parallels Plesk Automation, which is a scalable, multi-server automation solution enabling a seamless growth path for Parallels Plesk Panel customers to scale to thousands of servers and a wide range of services. Offering a simple, one-click migration path from Parallels Plesk Panel, Parallels Plesk Automation is designed to manage thousands of customers from a central point with a modern design and exceptional usability and will grow with time to include infrastructure and application (SaaS) modules. A growing number of service providers globally, including Indian partners such as XcellHost, have already deployed Parallels Plesk Automation on hundreds of servers.

In addition to growth in web presence and web applications, opportunities lie in Indian service providers to offer SMB customers easy-to-consume hosted infrastructure, which includes cloud servers and storage. In India, as the country’s infrastructure develops at a rapid rate, Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) will 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. Moreover, a full 50 percent without Private Branch Exchange (PBX) systems are considering adding this service over the next three years.

Another opportunity for huge growth and opportunity for Indian service providers is to offer SMB customers easy-to-consume hosted infrastructure (Infrastructure as a Service), which includes cloud servers and storage. Parallels predicts continued steady growth in IaaS across all size segments of Indian SMBs—especially as more SMBs gain access to the Internet, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent through 2016 to become 17.2 billion (US$344 million) market.

To address this opportunity for service providers, Parallels has launched two integrated products, which have been adopted by service providers globally.

  • Parallels Cloud Storage drastically reduces the cost of high-availability, high-performance storage. Parallels Cloud Storage uses the existing unused disk space on server nodes to create a self-healing, centralized storage pool for distributed cloud storage. Offered as a seamless upgrade for existing Parallels Virtuozzo Containers and Parallels Server customers, it will support third party virtualization technologies in 2013.

    “We can deploy cloud storage and high availability Virtual Private Servers with the same skills and people we have for Parallels Virtuozzo Containers and Parallels Server Bare Metal servers,” said Narayanan Ganeshan, Senior Manager, Cloud Operations of CtrlS. “That means we can do everything faster, better, and at a lower cost.”

  • now makes it easy to offer all cloud infrastructure services customers want. It includes Parallels Virtuozzo Containers together with our world-class hypervisor technology and Parallels Cloud Storage, combing all of the pieces to enable best-in-class infrastructure services.

    “Parallels Cloud Server changes the game for VPS and cloud hosting,” said Narayanan Ganeshan, Senior Manager, Cloud Operations of CtrlS. “By extending our portfolio to include Parallels Cloud Server, we’re enabling our customers to obtain high availability servers while reducing maintenance costs.”

The Indian web presence market was also an area of growth, increasing by a substantial 45 percent in the past year, reaching a current market size of 2.7 billion (US$55 million). However, overall use of websites is still low, even when compared to other developing countries, indicating strong continued opportunity in web presence and web applications over the next several years. Parallels expects the growth in web presence and web applications to remain high over the next several years, with the Indian SMB web presence market growing by at least 36 percent year-over-year, reaching 6.8 billion (US$137million) in 2016.

Parallels Plesk Panel 11 is the fastest adopted version in the company’s history and it empowers web hosters and web designers to create and offer rich hosting plans as well as to manage customers and resellers in a fully integrated way. By implementing Parallels Plesk Panel and its suite of integrate offerings, hosters can roll out full Virtual Private Server (VPS) offerings to SMBs. Benefits of Parallels Plesk Panel include, increased Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), increased profitability and user loyalty as well as reduced operating costs. Parallels has seen fast adoption amongst service providers in India using Parallels Plesk Panel 11, including local partners such Directi.

“Parallels is committed to enabling millions of India’s SMBs to transform the way they do business by helping them migrate to the cloud and reap its full benefits,” said David Dzienciol, Vice President and General Manager, Parallels Asia Pacific. “As a country with a mature IT population coupled with the ever-growing broadband infrastructure across the nation, India continues to offer a highly positive growth outlook for cloud services and we look forward to Parallels continuing to play a key role in driving this growth.”