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Ingram Micro Launches New Cloud Hosting Solutions Based on Parallels Software

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Ingram Micro, a large distributor of computers and technology products, has announced three new cloud services: Ingram Micro Hosted Exchange, Ingram Micro Virtual Private Servers, and Ingram Micro Web Hosting.

Based on virtualization and automation technology from Parallels, these cloud hosting services are now available to channel partners in the US, and managed by Ingram Micro subsidiary SoftCom, which it bought in September 2013.

According to the Monday announcement, Ingram Micro Cloud is also simultaneously launching the “Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace”, which it announced earlier this year. It is designed to provide an easy way for customers to access third-party cloud hosting services from channel partners and IT professionals. The marketplace is also powered by Parallels software, and currently offers services from Cisco, with additional third-party vendors and services to be added throughout 2014.

Ingram Micro’s new Hosted Exchange service is based on Microsoft Exchange 2013, and designed to support the sophisticated communication and collaboration tools included in Exchange.

Ingram Micro’s new VPS offerings are based on Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.7, and are available in “Developer”, “Business”, “Web Pro”, and “Custom” configurations. All packages allow customers to upgrade or downgrade resources (RAM, CPU, storage, and IP addresses) without having to reboot servers, allowing for quick resource scaling.

For server operating systems, customers can currently choose either CentOS 6 or Ubuntu 12.04. The LAMP stack comes fully pre-installed and configured on the server, along with the Webmin control panel for server administration.

The company’s new web hosting service is designed to provide all the resources and services channel partners need to host fully managed and secure business websites for their customers, and simplify sales and service.

About the Author

David Hamilton is a Toronto-based technology journalist who has written for the National Post and other news outlets. He has covered the hosting industry internationally for the Web Host Industry Review with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. David is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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