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Parallels Enables KT to Rapidly Launch Small and Medium Business (SMB) Cloud Services, Including Microsoft Office 365, in Korea

Parallels, the hosting and Cloud services enablement leader, today announced that it is partnering with KT, the largest telecommunication service provider in Korea, to help expand the company’s Cloud service offerings across the country. KT is deploying the Parallels Automation Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) module, enabling KT to rapidly deliver Cloud services to small to medium businesses (SMB) efficiently and cost-effectively.

One of the key services KT is bringing to market is Microsoft® Office 365. By using Parallels solutions, KT will speed its deployment of Office 365 with automation and reliability, dramatically reducing its time to market for this and other in-demand Cloud-based, hosted services.

“There are a number of SMB customers in Korea who have been waiting for critical business applications that are easy to subscribe to with no upfront costs. And being small and nimble, they do not want to worry about updates and software maintenance,” said Jung Min Woo, Vice President at KT. "Parallels Automation has the ability to address this critical business need, yet takes it a step further by enabling our reseller partners to quickly offer on-demand software that SMBs need to be successful in today’s competitive environment."

The deployment of the Parallels Automation solution is part of KT’s strategy to enhance the company’s Cloud delivery leadership and business expansion within both the SaaS and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market space in Korea. KT also plans to future-proof its IT infrastructure to cater to the escalating Cloud demand from its customers. Parallels software will now become a key component for KT’s Internet Data Center business, which has provided hardware-based Cloud services including collocation, server hosting and SaaS, to its customers since 2010.

“We are very pleased to partner with KT to address the IT needs of over three million SMBs in Korea,” said Jack Zubarev, President of Marketing and Alliances, Parallels. “With Parallels Automation’s capability to deliver hundreds of various hosting and Cloud Services and Applications, KT is very well positioned to help those SMBs gain low-price access to the IT applications and capabilities that were previously available only to the large enterprises.”

“Our customers are also looking forward to leveraging products in the Cloud such as Microsoft Office 365. And, our partnership with Parallels enables us to quickly implement a solution that delivers swift provisioning and billing of the Office 365 platform. Parallels Automation ensures that we can not only bring Office 365 to our customers quickly, but also bundle it with the additional Cloud services we offer,” said Woo.

“The partnership with KT and Microsoft is an example of the close collaboration we have developed to enable service providers and customers to profit from the Cloud,” added Zubarev. The deployment of Parallels Automation by KT is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Service Providers can learn more about Parallels Automation by visiting the Parallels Cloud Services website at http://www.parallels.com/cloudservices/.

Published Friday, September 23, 2011 6:13 PM by David Marshall
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