Parallels launched a new program on Tuesday that will help Microsoft-approved partners start selling Office 365. Parallels SmartStart for Office 365 supports the new Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider Program, which was just unveiled at this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference.
SmartStart is a Parallels Automation implementation which the company says is low-cost at a fixed price, and allows service providers to sell a differentiated range of hosted and syndicated services with Office 365 subscriptions. The new program compliments existing Parallels Automation Microsoft services, including Azure Pack, Office 365 Syndication, Lync 2013 Hosting Pack and Exchange 2013.
“SmartStart is an exciting new program that lowers the barrier to entry for service providers to take advantage of cloud services offered by Microsoft,” said Birger Steen, chief executive officer, Parallels. “Service providers will now future proof their Microsoft investments by having access to the latest innovations as soon as they become available.”
Parallels Automation is currently used by 17 Microsoft Office 365 syndication partners, but Parallels says in a blog post that Microsoft suggested that opening the services up to smaller partners could lead to “more than 100,000.”
Offering the Parallels platform for fixed price with constantly updating Microsoft cloud solutions as a turn-key service allows Parallels to invite potential small partners to, as the post says “get your share of the Office 365 land grab.”
Microsoft announced a trio of new Office 365 plans for small businesses earlier this month.