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Parallels Announces Certification Program for Service Providers Offering SaaS
Parallels Offers Service Providers an Application Packaging Standard (APS) Certification Service
Mar. 28, 2008 03:00 PM
Parallels announced it is offering service providers an
Application Packaging Standard (APS) Certification Service, which is
administered by the independent firm Tier 1 Research. The certification
recognizes SaaS (software as a service) application providers with either an
APS Gold or APS Silver Certification, which designate that service providers
offering APS-compliant applications have the highest quality service.
Parallels is collaborating with Tier 1 Research to offer
this program, which includes start-up services for certification, audits, as
well as a support structure to make the initial certification as smooth as
possible. Part of the certification involves running a test suite of software
applications with the entire process estimated to take approximately 30 days.
In addition, the program has an annual re-certification process to maintain or
upgrade a certification level.
"Parallels wants service providers to be able to easily
deliver a broad range of software applications to their customers with the
assurance that those applications will be up-to-date, integrate and perform as
expected," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "The APS
Certification Service offers service providers an opportunity to differentiate
themselves in the market as they strive to meet the growing needs of their
The certification ensures that the service provider uses a
high-quality, redundant infrastructure for application delivery. That is
assurance for ISVs (independent software vendors) that the most up-to-date
version of their applications can be delivered by the service provider. And,
for end users of SaaS, the certification ensures that the application will
integrate smoothly and can run off premises in a high-quality operating
"Tier 1 Research looks forward to working with
Parallels and service providers from around the world to ensure compliance with
the open APS standard," said Dan Golding, vice president and research
director, Tier 1 Research. "As an impartial, independent research firm,
covering the hosting market, we're happy to help the industry move towards open
and interoperable standards like APS."
The initial certification fee is $10,000 for the Gold level
for the first year and $5,000 for renewals each year after, while the Silver
level is $2,500 for the first year and $1,250 for renewals. The Gold level is
suited for service providers that intend to deliver the highest quality SaaS
support. There is also a no fee, base level "APS Partner" designation
for service providers that use Parallels' products, which establishes a basis
for delivering APS-compliant applications.
"We were the first to implement APS and look forward to
being the first company to be certified," said Andreas Gauger, chairman of
the board, 1&1 Internet. "The standard is an important one for our
industry helping to attract ISVs to deliver their applications in the SaaS
model, as well as for our customers who can enjoy a wide variety of solutions."