CTERA Integrates with Parallels Automation, Enabling Cloud Providers to Launch Storage-as-a-Service in Minutes

CTERA Networks, a provider of cloud storage enablement, has announced the release of a certified Application Packaging Standard (APS) for its storage-as-a-service offerings. This will allow cloud service providers using Parallels Automation platform to easily sell, provision, manage and bill for CTERA-based offerings.

The integration with Parallels would allow CTERA customers to easily and securely provision backup and recovery services, enterprise file sync and share services, and disaster recovery and management services using CTERA cloud storage gateways – all from a single, integrated cloud framework. These cloud-storage services are delivered white-labeled through the Parallels Automation platform.

parallels-automationBenefits of the Parallels integration would include:

  • Using CTERA’s multi-tenant platform with Parallels Automation, cloud service providers can provision services to new customers on the fly with pre-defined workflows and flexible service plans, making them available on self-service portals and app stores, and requiring zero additional development or integration.
  • CTERA’s white-label-ready storage services enable cloud service providers to launch their own branded storage-as-a-service offerings for cloud-based endpoint backup, secure file sync and share and also remotely-managed storage gateways.
  • The Parallels Platform facilitates automated payment processing integration and fraudulent payment screening to ensure simple and trusted transactions of CTERA-based cloud storage services.

“With a total addressable customer base of tens of millions of end customers, service automation is key to being successful in today’s cloud storage-as-a-service provider market,” said Jeff Denworth, Senior Vice President of Marketing at CTERA. “Our service provider partners now have even more options to easily upsell cloud storage services to their customers.”

Portugal Telecom

Portugal Telecom is one of the first cloud service providers to benefit from the new partnership, enabling the launch of the company’s new cloud service called Virtual Disk 360. The new service allows for the storing and sharing of files and folders in the cloud from any device.

“Portugal Telecom is pleased with the partnership achieved between Parallels and CTERA,” said Abel Aguiar, Head of Cloud and Data Center Product Management at Portugal Telecom. “Portugal Telecom and CTERA have worked successfully to provide customers with the possibility of buying and automatically provisioning our Virtual Disk 360 offering in the cloud within a few seconds. The efforts made by both teams, alongside the ease of administering the service through Parallels’ Provisioning Platform, have allowed Virtual Disk 360 to be one of the finalists in the 2014 Telecoms.com awards in the category of Best Cloud Innovation.”