UK hybrid cloud provider Zynstra announced that it has partnered with HP and Microsoft to launch its O365Connect service, a managed hybrid IT solution for SMBs.
According to the announcement, O365Connect provides integration with Microsofot Office 365, and will be sold and managed by the channel. The service is aimed at businesses with between 5 and 250 IT users.
Zynstra O365Connect includes local networking, security, identity, file and print management, as well as the management of Single Sign On to Office 365 and other applications.
O365Connect features an additional Disaster Recovery option that allows the solution to be backed up to Microsoft Azure in the event of an entire loss of physical office or appliance. It also includes a fully managed backup service of the local files and full backup of the cloud managed email from Microsoft Office 365.
“Many SMBs still feel unwilling or unable to fully adopt cloud services due to restrictions on their broadband capabilities, security concerns, or a feared loss of control,” Nick East, CEO of Zynstra said. “Hybrid IT is growing in popularity.”
Hybrid cloud is among Gartner’s top 10 strategic tech trends for 2014. According to Gartner, hybrid clouds will necessitate the role of cloud service broker who will manage customization of services.
Zynstra’s cloud managed server appliances are built on HP ProLiant servers with Zynstra software that allows local IT workloads to be run as a service in a virtualized Windows and/or Linux environment, according to the press release.
“We have seen tremendous interest and uptake in our cloud services, both for Office 365 and Azure, but we also recognise that many customers want to keep some local presence running workloads and applications on the familiar Windows Server environment, whether for management of user credentials and local printer services or for accounting and CRM activities,” Glenn Woolaghan, Microsoft UK SMB Director, Small & Midmarket Solutions & Partners unit said. “The need for a solution that brings these two worlds together in a simple managed environment that the reseller community can adopt to support their customers is considerable… [w]e see hybrid IT becoming the norm for many organizations, especially SMBs, where there is a growing need for converged infrastructure solutions across servers, networking and storage.”