Cloud-powered archiving and search company Sonian announced on Friday that it has integrated its email archiving solution with the Parallels Automation hosting platform via the Application Packaging Standard, greatly simplifying the process of deploying the tool for partners using the Parallels platform.
Sonian says the adoption of APS, and the gold certification it has received, will enable its Email archiving software to work seamlessly with the Parallels Automation platform, and make it simple for SMBs to purchase a subscription for the Sonian tool through their hosting provider via a self-serve portal, and to manage their email archive directly.
“Parallels welcomes Sonian to the ecosystem of APS-enabled ISV partners,” says John Zanni, vice president of service provider marketing and alliances at Parallels. “Sonian is a well recognized brand in the Email Archive cloud service segment, and we expect their solution to prove to be popular with our service provider partners and their SMB customers.”
Parallels created the APS to simplify the process of packaging software for distribution by hosting providers via the Parallels Automation tools for managing and operating a hosting infrastructure. Technically, APS is an open standard, which means software packaged in this way could be easily integrated into platforms outside of Parallels Automation. At the moment, the adoption is mostly among ISVs packaging their applications, but some in-house automation platforms have adopted the standard, including the one operated by mass marketing hosting giant 1&1 Internet.
In a presentation at last year’s Parallels Summit in Orlando, Florida, James Raquepau of Parallels delivered a session on packaging software for the Application Packaging Standard.
Sonian says in the press release announcing the arrangement that Parallels and Sonian have already collaborated, through the APS Gold certification program, to deploy Sonian at two Parallels-partnered hosting providers, including hosted business communication and collaboration provider Apptix, and internet and IT solutions provider TTLC.
Talk back: Do you use Parallels Automation to operate your hosting business? Have you had any experience with tools using APS? Are you interested in adding Sonian’s email archiving tool to your offerings? Let us know in the comments.