Cloud services company Parallels has used its annual developer and user summit to extend its offerings for web designers by launching its Plesk Panel 10.1 product. Built to be used as a web-design staging area in a control panel, the new version is also now compatible with the Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.0, a software-based enterprise-billing platform for launching cloud services in a control panel.
As small businesses increase their adoption of hosting and cloud-based services, industry providers appear to still be looking for ways to launch new services and expand their existing service offerings to reduce the churn in their business. The company claims that 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.
Claiming that Parallels Plesk Panel 10.1 is the only control panel that delivers a 2x lower resource footprint in virtualized environment, Parallels says that is has opened up a route to reduce 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.
Aside from the new web-site staging function, web designers should also benefit from Parallels Plesk Panel’s other features, like role-based access, a built-in sitebuilder tool, and client self-service tools.
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 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."