Parallels Launches Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2
17th July 2012
Over 70 existing partners have upgraded and are using the latest features, including support for Parallels Plesk Panel 11 and new tools to create affiliate programs.
Parallels, a provider of virtualization and automation software, today announced that it has officially launched Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2, the newest version of its billing and automation solution for managing and scaling small and medium web hosting businesses. Over 70 partners have upgrade to Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2 to date, and are now utilizing the new capabilities and features designed to help small and growing hosters build their businesses and increase their revenue. Service Providers deploying Parallels Business Automation Standard can choose either Account-Based pricing or the new Revenue Share program.
According to the company, customers new to Parallels Business Automation Standard can now receive a license at no cost, and jump start their hosting business under the new Revenue Share Program (with no commission on sales up to $8,000 in monthly revenue). Service providers deploying Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2 will receive free installation and administration training, plus full automation of their online store, billing, payment processing and hosting provisioning. Hosters can also boost sales and customer loyalty by using the new affiliate program tools with Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2. Parallels partners can now easily create multiple affiliate programs; determine conditions and compensation types; set either fixed or percentage rates for resellers; and track and create reports for all their programs.
It states that Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2 supports the new Parallels Plesk Panel 11, which can help hosters increase their revenue by creating and offering customized VPS, Dedicated and Shared Hosting plans bundled with a wide range of in-demand, revenue-driving add-ons. These applications include the new Parallels Web Presence Builder, with over 100 small business website templates and social media support; support for rendering websites on any mobile device with Unity Mobile; Kaspersky antivirus mail protection, and a set of popular web developer tools for more advanced users. In addition, Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2 allows hosters to offer different versions of Linux (Red Hat, CentOS, Mandriva, SUSE) or Windows Server within the same hosting plan, and eliminates the need to create different hosting plans. This effectively simplifies hosters' SKUs and product range and can help increase sales.
The company further states that Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2 helps hosters create and build affiliate programs and expand their reseller channel. Affiliate partners also have access to marketing tools including links and banners, and can also earn revenue by advertising hosters' services on end-user websites. The company now has a common user interface across all of its service provider software - from Parallels Plesk Panel 11 to Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2. to Parallels Automation 5.4. Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2 is also fully integrated with numerous third party systems, including Kayako Fusion Help Desk. It also provide integration with hundreds of payment gateways, domain registrars/registries, anti-fraud modules, and bank transfer modules. Service providers can add new modules and language packs using the APIs included.
"At Parallels, we continue to be supportive for providing small and growing hosters with all the tools they need to build their sales channel and increase their revenue," said Jack Zubarev, President of Parallels. "Parallels Business Automation Standard 4.2 helps service providers exceed these goals by reducing their operational costs and automating their infrastructure, so they have more time to build and grow their business. And, by joining Parallels Partner Program at our new Member level or above, any growing hoster now has access to expertise, best practices, go-to-market tools and other resources that can take their business to the next level."
"The new affiliate program tools are an excellent means to recruit and incentivize existing ViUX customers to refer and promote our services to others," said J.T. Smith, Managing Director of ViUX Systems, Inc. "This will be a key feature to increase our revenue and customer base throughout the remainder of 2012 and for years to come. The new affiliate capabilities and the many other new features make version 4.2 an excellent upgrade of Parallels Business Automation Standard."