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OS33 Cloud Provisioning Targets MSPs, Resellers

Managed service providers can use cloud-based desktop to package custom applications and leverage third-party SaaS offerings.

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OS33 announced Tuesday its eponymous OS33 fully hosted IT automation platform, intended to simplify resellers' provisioning cloud hosted services.

OS33 lets MSPs and other resellers create a catalog of pre-integrated business apps and third-party SaaS offerings, from which SMBs and other customers can then select. OS33 includes billing, chargeback, ticketing and reporting features for the MSP, allowing them to offer services on a turnkey basis.

According to the company, OS33 "enables providers to have access to an unlimited supply of cloud-based infrastructure and turn it into business-ready web and Windows-based applications. From a single interface, MSPs can provision servers, deploy and package custom applications, select from a broad catalog of pre-integrated business software, and activate third-party SaaS offerings. The result is the OS33 Webtop, a cloud-based desktop from which end users can access their company provisioned applications, tools, file systems and intranet from a single integrated interface that can be accessed from almost any browser-capable device."

MSPs can add new clients in five minutes or less and provision them with business applications from a catalog of hosted software and third-party SaaS offerings, along with integrated collaboration tools, according to the company.

"OS33 allows MSPs to access cloud resources wholesale and resell retail," according to Jacob Kazakevich, president and CTO of OS33.

The benefit for SMBs is that the cloud resellers they turn to can now offer a wider range of cloud, SaaS, and hosted services, with common provisioning and support, and, potentially some savings. Also, OS33 includes collaboration features, such as sharing data in real-time and posting announcements.

"The cost of end users goes down dramatically," according to Kazakevich. "For a business that might be spending over $100 per user per month, using our services we've seen that drop dramatically, by at least 30 to 40 per cent."

The OS33 platform includes a Cloud Connector, Cloud Control Panel, Application Delivery, and Webtop GUI. Applications and services that OS33 can be used to deliver include cloud SaaS offerings, Services and applications provisioned using OS33 can include servers, file storage, databases, back-end applications, standard hosted Windows applications like Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, and Microsoft Office, as well as cloud and SaaS services from providers like SalesForce.com, Amazon Web Services, Google, Rackspace, Equinox, iland, Sungard, and Coresite, as well as security and access control, mobile support,

OS33 has been in use at five large MSPs, and is now generally available to MSPs and other resellers. "We have over 10,000 end users and four to five hundred small businesses currently using us," said Kazakevich.

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