(The Hosting News) – OzHosting.com, a pioneer in Australia’s cloud hosting market, announced that it will be the first cloud hosting provider to market, sell and support Google Apps for Business for small and medium businesses (SMBs).
The new offering from OzHosting.com provides channel partners and SMBs with a reliable and affordable single-source way to achieve a competitive advantage using cloud-based services. Now they have the freedom to choose business applications all from a single vendor. OzHosting.com’s vision of ‘Cloud Made Easy’ offers seamless integration of web-based critical business applications without the pain or worry that comes with using disparate applications and systems.
Anthony Banek, CEO for OzHosting.com, believes that SMBs recognise the competitive advantage of cloud-based business applications, but are reluctant to jump in where management of multi-party solutions exist as these are a distraction to their core capability. “Our channel partners now have a unique advantage of not only being able to offer multiple products to their customers through a single platform, but also having a consistent billing and discount structure through one provider,” said Banek.
He added, “The flexibility of the cloud also brings with it the responsibility of managing complex systems, usually through a variety of providers. This is an additional complexity few companies, especially those starved of IT resource, can afford. Through our partnership with Google and Parallels, we give our channel partners and SMBs the freedom to choose their application platform and we take the pain out of deploying and managing these applications. Our vision is to ensure successful outcomes for our customers and channel partners who are embracing cloud services for the first time.”
Parallels is a key contributor to OzHosting.com’s cloud services strategy and technology for operations. OzHosting.com leverages Parallels Automation to automate business functions and back-end operations and offer domain name registration, webhosting, email and security services. Parallels built-in support for the Application Packaging Standard (APS), has allowed OzHosting.com to configure Google Apps for seamless integration into cloud delivery systems.
“OzHosting.com aggressively adopts best-in-class technologies to maintain and extend their position as early pioneer and leader in cloud services,” said John Zanni, Vice President of Service Provider Marketing and Alliances at Parallels. “They have chosen to adopt Parallels Automation and APS as anchor technologies to bring to market world-class services like Google Apps for Business. We see this partnership with OzHosting.com and Google as further testament to the capability of Parallels Automation to create a platform that helps partners harness the power of the web to deliver competitive solutions and services to SMBs quickly and efficiently.”
Zanni added, “With the availability of our next generation APS technology, APS 2.0, and it revolutionary capabilities for service integration and customizable UI, we’re confident that our partners such as OzHosting.com will continue to fulfill their vision to make cloud services easily available and affordable to their partner channel and SMBs.”
“As businesses of all sizes increasingly turn to the cloud, it’s great to see OzHosting.com supporting this trend. SMBs in particular don’t often have the time or resources to waste on complex IT deployment — they want cost effective solutions that just work. Google Apps combines the innovation and ease of use of Google’s consumer products with the features, security and support that businesses require, allowing SMB owners to devote time and resources to more strategic business activities. OzHosting.com’s support of Google Apps will allow businesses to get their online presence up and running as fast as possible,” said Chris Shelton, Head of Google Apps SMB Sales, Japan & APAC.
Banek added, “At OzHosting.com, our goal is to help our channel partners and SMBs become innovative competitors in their chosen line of business. Delivering a reliable and secure platform that is easy to use and easy to manage, coupled with complementary support services, we take the pain out of technology. This enables our customers to reach their full potential in the cloud faster, and at a very compelling cost to both channel partners and SMBs.”
OzHosting.com founders and technical leaders have a history of exploring the burdens of managing on premise IT and proposing models for the journey to the Cloud.
Established in 1997, OzHosting.com is a pioneer of Australia’s Cloud hosting market. It continues the tradition of serving Australian businesses with a great local team and an Australian data centre that complies with world-class standards for speed, reliability and security. OzHosting.com helps businesses meet customer privacy requirements by having their data and information stored in Australia.