Cisco and IBM deal opens cloud-in-a-box opportunity
Parallels has signed agreements with Cisco and IBM, which along with new storage technology announcements, signals its intent to work with larger SIs to deliver complete turnkey solutions for cloud service providers.
According to John Zanni, Parallels vice president, marketing and alliances, Cisco has made a multi-million dollar investment in the hosting and cloud service enablement vendor. In return, Parallels is committed to building deep technical integration with Cisco’s networking kit and jointly work with larger customers.
A non-investment deal with IBM will similarly enable the two firms to jointly engage with large telcos and service providers to offer an integrated IBM/Parallels solution. The firms have also certified Parallels on IBM Pure systems and signalled the potential integration of Parallels technology within the IBM cloud platform.
Presenting at the Parallels Summit in Las Vegas to 1100 partners, the firm outlined upgrades to its platforms including a new cloud storage technology developed on top of Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE), an open source file system.
The new storage technology provides a software SAN directly into the Parallel’s automation platform in what Parallels CEO Birger Steen says, “is scalable and hot pluggable; it looks like a SAN but costs what it costs to buy direct attached storage.” However, exact pricing has not been clarified on the product which has yet to be deployed in an operational state by any customer, although large US website hosting firm Media Temple says it is very close.
Parallels claims the new Cloud Storage offers high availability and failover capability with a stage demonstration showing a virtual machine workload shifting servers in 12 seconds following a physical server failure.
Storage now joins the firm’s own virtualisation layer, automation engine, application packaging and provisioning panels to provide a complete stack that has now re-branded as Parallels Cloud Server. The CEO also announced the firm will offer Xen and KVM support as an optional replacement for its own hypervisor which will arrive “in a few months.”
In addition, the firm demonstrated significant improvements to its Application Packaging Standard to allow more integration between hosted and cloud applications included areas such as single-sign on and data sharing.