Ipeer Selected by Microsoft and Parallels to Test New Windows Azure Pack Services

Nov 14, 2013, 09:42 ET from Ipeer

KARLSTAD, Sweden, November 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Leading Swedish Cloud provider Ipeer has been selected as one of five service providers in the world to beta test Microsoft Corp.'s recently released Windows Azure Pack technology and deliver it through the Parallels Automation cloud platform. With this solution, Ipeer will be able to offer hosted public and hybrid clouds with enterprise functionality and flexibility consistent with that provided by Windows Azure. Customers will also be able to extend their data centers into this cloud and to easily migrate virtual machines between clouds.

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The new Windows Azure Pack is built on Microsoft's latest datacenter software, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, allowing Ipeer to deliver  Windows Azure-consistent services from the Ipeer datacenter.  The Ipeer solution, which aims to launch by mid-January 2014 as the first Windows Azure-consistent Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution in Scandinavia, will be delivered to customers through a new Application Packaging Standard (APS) package for Parallels Automation.

"Building on the groundbreaking foundation of Windows Server and System Center, Windows Azure Pack provides multi-tenant, self-service cloud functionality that works on top of existing software and hardware investments," said Eugene Saburi, General Manager, Product Marketing, Microsoft. "We are pleased that Ipeer is taking advantage of Windows Azure Pack to deliver a flexible and familiar self-service provisioning and infrastructure management experience to its customers."

"The future of cloud hosting is not one-size fits-all but rather one where corporate clients will want to choose between optimized software and hardware, vendor sizes, location, SLA and pricing, and move between providers. Experience, trust and local presence will remain important when placing critical infrastructure and we welcome Microsoft's and Parallels' clear visions here," said Ipeer CEO Johan Hedlund.

"Customers are looking for local, in-country service providers to deliver the full portfolio of cloud services," said John Zanni, chief marketing officer, Service Provider, Parallels.  "Parallels helps service providers, like Ipeer, speed their time to revenue and differentiate as the first in country service provide to offer the latest Windows Azure Pack from Microsoft, enabled for distribution utilizing the APS standard supported by Parallels Automation (APS standard.org)."

Because many of its services take advantage of code originally created for the Windows Azure public cloud, the Windows Azure Pack was designed to inherently meet the scale and performance requirements of modern IT organizations.  By bringing together Windows Azure and Parallels technologies, Ipeer continues to innovate and deliver premium solutions for their customers' hosted datacenter needs.

Ipeer is a leading provider of corporate cloud- and hosting services in Sweden, providing a broad portfolio of services to enable optimal solutions. Clients range from smaller start-ups to large e-commerce sites, banks and international corporations. Ipeer has 65 employees, many of which have 15 years' experience from corporate hosting solutions, and a turnover of 50 MSEK (2012). Established in 2006, Ipeer has data centers in Sweden and offices in Karlstad, Stockholm and Bangalore, India. http://www.ipeer.se

Press contacts:

Erik Arnberg, Marketing Manager, Ipeer, erik.arnberg@ipeer.se, +46-70-398-7534 (cell)

Nikolett Bacso, Senior Manager, Public Relations Parallels, nbacso@parallels.com, +1-425-282-5982 (cell)

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