Herndon, Virginia – (The Hosting News) – March 28, 2007 –
Server virtualization firm, SWsoft, has developed new specifications for packaging hosted applications for service providers to offer to customers, as well as enable independent software vendors (ISVs) to service more end users.
The Application Packaging Format, part of SWsoftâ€™s OPEN FUSION initiative, is designed to make it easier for the hosting industry to take advantage of the expanding software-as-a-service (SaaS) market. According to Stamford, Conn.-based research firm Gartner Inc., the global SaaS market is expected to grow to $19.3 billion by 2011, tripling in size from the $6.3 billion it was in 2006.
According to the company, because of the intensive development and integration requirements, service providers today offer a limited variety of hosted applications. As a result, ISVs have little incentive to create hosted applications they canâ€™t sell, and customers suffer from limited application choices. The new specifications provide ISVs with a unified platform to create â€œpluggableâ€ applications that require no additional integration by service providers.
Serguei Beloussov, CEO of SWsoft offered, “By introducing a common, open platform for hosted applications, we hope to accelerate the development of new applications that can be delivered by any service provider. The specifications advance our OPEN FUSION initiative to enable a new generation of highly-integrated services and vastly increase business opportunities for the entire hosting ecosystem â€“ from third-party software developers and ISVs to hosting providers and their customers.”
The Application Packaging Format specifications are available for free on the SWsoft Software Developer Network (SWDN) at http://swdn.swsoft.com/r/docs/package-format-specification-0.1-draft1/package-format-specification-0.1-draft1.html. The format will be supported in upcoming releases of SWsoft Plesk control panel and PEM datacenter automation software.
In addition. SWsoft will also introduce a site application certification program as part of its OPEN FUSION certification program, which will provide basic and advanced requirements using the Application Packaging Format.
OPEN FUSION is an SWsoft technology initiative to improve integration among a wide range of systems, third-party applications and modules, and custom and in-house solutions. The OPEN FUSION platform enables optimized delivery of SaaS and traditional hosting services to help ISVs and service providers take full advantage of new opportunities in the market.
SWsoft is a recognized leader in server automation and virtualization software. With more than 10,000 customers in over 100 countries, SWsoft’s suite of products delivers proven performance, reliability, manageability and value. With offices around the world; SWsoft is a high growth company, funded by Bessemer Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners and Intel Capital, offering comprehensive solutions â€“ transparently integrated through the OPEN FUSION Initiative – including Virtuozzo, Plesk, SiteBuilder, HSPcomplete and PEM.
To learn more about SWsoft, please visit: www.swsoft.com.