Webhosting company, and subsidiary of United Internet, 1 and 1 Internet, has implemented SWsoft’s new Application Packaging Standard (APS), designed to enable software vendors to integrate applications into hosting environments, to deliver software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.
1 and 1 assisted SWsoft with the design requirements for hosting providers, and is the first service provider to implement support for the APS standard in its Click-n-Build web hosting platform. SWsoft introduced the APS standard to the software development community in March.
The standard will help hosting providers take advantage of SaaS and offer customers a greater variety of services. It will also help open the hosting channel for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) by allowing them to deliver hosted applications to more end users.
SWsoft also announced an APS certification program for ISVs and will soon be announcing a certification program for hosting providers. By advancing a certification program and an APS-compliant hosting platform, SWsoft and 1 and 1 hope to grow the emerging market for hosted SaaS applications. Industry analyst IDC predicts SaaS software revenues will reach $10.7 billion by 2009. (a)
Andreas Gauger, Chairman of the Board, 1 and 1 Internet Inc. remarked, ”APS will provide a sizeable new business opportunity for 1 and 1 and for the entire web hosting and software industries worldwide. The standard is open to everyone and will provide exciting new sales channels for hosting providers as well as other Internet service providers (ISPs). Our customers and ISVs will benefit from the expected growth of new APS-compliant applications.”
The APS standard defines a packaging format that provides software vendors with a specification to create ”pluggable” applications that require no additional integration by service providers utilizing an APS-compliant control panel, such as 1 and 1 Click-n-Build, SWsoft Plesk and SWsoft PEM.
Serguei Beloussov, CEO of SWsoft commented, ”Hosting providers are an ideal delivery channel for SaaS with ISVs as another essential ingredient. We developed an open, flexible, easy to implement standard to help advance the adoption of SaaS solutions for the benefit of end users.”
The APS certification program provides ISVs with basic and advanced certification criteria. The program offers two levels of certification: ”Silver” (works with APS) and ”Gold” (designed for APS).
1 and 1 is offering Click-n-Build — a certified APS control panel — bundled with its U.S. web hosting packages. APS platforms from 1 and 1 will be available in Europe in the second half of 2007. APS is available for free at www.apsstandard.com.
The APS standard will be supported in upcoming releases of SWsoft Plesk control panel, as well as SWsoft PEM data center automation software.
1 and 1 Internet’s global community includes 5.87 million users. 1 and 1 features an array of services, from instant domain packages to all-inclusive shared hosting plans, dedicated servers and ready-to-run eShops.
Combining over 37,000 fully-tuned servers with the performance of Juniper and Cisco routers, 1 and 1 endeavors to utilize the most superior products from the leading technology manufacturers and service providers. 1 and 1 is a Microsoft Joint Development Partner, and works with other paramount companies such as Google, Plesk, Symantec, and HP/Compaq.
SWsoft’s automation software lineup has expanded, with new product introductions, extending the company’s data center automation presence. PEM, the company’s data center automation solution for service providers added support for Blackberry and Good Technologies that gives service providers the ability to offer hosted e-mail solutions to their customers.
Also, the company partnered with MIVA Small Business Solutions, Inc. to deliver easy e-commerce capabilities as part of the SWsoft Plesk control panel solution for service providers.
Source: Web hosting Finds News