(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Cloud services enablement leader, Parallels, has continued its dedication to web designers by today launching Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 which introduces the hosting industry’s first web design staging area in a control panel. It is also now compatible with Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.0, also launched today, enabling the fastest and easiest way to launch cloud services in a control panel.
As small businesses increase their adoption of hosting and cloud based services, industry providers continue to look for ways to launch new services, expand their existing service offerings, and reduce the churn in their business. With Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1, VPS providers can now offer special VPS-optimized versions of Parallels Plesk Panel that are more efficient than its competitors.
In fact Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 is the only control panel that delivers a 2x lower resource footprint in virtualized environment. This reduces operational costs for service providers without impacting the end user experience. By enabling only the functions that a virtual server needs, each virtual server uses a fraction of the normally required resources.
This release significantly increases the profit potential for service providers by enabling them to target web designers with a control panel that is the defacto industry standard while also easily delivering the most profitable services to their hosting customers. Web designers represent a significant proportion of the web presence and web applications market. Besides the new web site staging function, web designers also benefit from Parallels Plesk Panel’s other features like role based access, a built in sitebuilder tool and client self-service tools.
“We think that Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 is the most stable offering when launched inside our virtual private servers,” said Christian Dawson, Chief Operating Officer at Servint. ” All of our virtual private servers are based on Parallels technology and Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 is the best version yet.”
Other features like shared hosting compatibility with Parallels Business Automation Standard, access to Parallels Storefront, easy migration from other control panels for end users, and new interface skins make Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 the easiest, most profitable and most complete control panel available.
“Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 reduces the complexity involved in running a hosting business while enabling the seamless access to commercial applications through Partner Storefront,” said Jack Zubarev, President of Marketing and Alliances at Parallels. “It also delivers some powerful enhancements to the user interface such as the new power-user mode.”
The Parallels Partner Storefront allows hosters to easily sell hundreds of commercial applications without integration or development costs. It is a single-click purchase for customers and a simple three-step process to activate the storefront for partners.
“The new web staging area in Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 is a real game changer for us and our web design community enabling the rapid and easy update of client websites,” said Graham Murray, President at Lookit Design. “We provide creative web and mobile applications, and we really like the selection of business applications in the Parallels Plesk Panel 10’s Storefront, especially Persony’s web and video conferencing application for collaboration and also UNITY Mobile’s ability to quickly convert our customers to the mobile web. Both of these applications are extremely useful in helping our business, and our customers business, grow.”
Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.0 incorporates new capabilities and support for Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 that enables shared hosting and automated provisioning of Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 licenses. It is a pre-integrated billing and hosting automation solution for hosting providers enabling them to grow beyond their current systems or requiring a more advanced billing and automation solution.
Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.0 now adds to its Online Store a number of great products like; SSL Certificates, additional licensed business applications, business class email via on-premise integration of Parallels Operations Automation with Microsoft Hosted Exchange Service Module.
Features introduced in Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 include:
•Integrated SiteBuilder – ‘try before buy’ scenario for end customers makes it easier for hosters to demo and sell web sites
•Shared Hosting compatibility with Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.0. This was previously HSP Complete.
Easiest to use
•Any WebMail application can be installed. There are more Mail options for Admins in the Mail setup screen – such as XandMail.
•Web Staging scenario for Web Designers
Most complete solution
•Skinning of Plesk colors/buttons including the ability to hide Mail in the UI
•Custom items can be added to Service Plans such as premium support
•Repository and System Updates maintained for CentOS/RHEL
•SuSE 11.3 support
•Migration from other control panels
•Windows version: ISAPI re-write and ColdFusion 9 for Windows version
Note: Parallels uses internal benchmarking tests to determine its relative footprint in virtualized environments compared to its competition.