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Parallels Introduces New Cloud Capabilities Following Study

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 7/20/2010

Company introduces new cloud-enabled features.

According to a recent study, the cloud services industry will grow to $19 billion by the year 2013, and small businesses everywhere are hoping to take advantage of the growing opportunities.

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The study, commissioned by the technology company Parallels, showed the growing need for cloud-based software for small businesses. To that end, the company recently introduced seven new cloud services to its Application Packaging Standard catalog.

Users will benefit from brand new licensing capabilities, allowing them to quickly manage and licence applications specifically designed for small business needs. Small businesses can access tools including VoIP, client management, video conferencing, Webmail, website configuration and a shopping cart feature.

"Small businesses continue to change the way they procure and consume IT. In increasing numbers, they are buying their Software-as-a-Service from the cloud and moving away from traditional desktop software," said Philbert Shih, senior analyst at the 451 Group. "This sea change is creating a huge opportunity for service providers."

In other technology news for small business, one computing giant recently announced a new product in cloud computing. At Microsoft's annual TechEd conference, the company introduced Windows Azure, which the company said was the first "turn-key cloud services platform."

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