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Ipeer Selected by Microsoft and Parallels to Test New Windows Azure Pack Services

November 14, 2013

KARLSTAD, Sweden, November 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Leading Swedish Cloud provider Ipeer has been selected as one of five service
providers in the world to beta test Microsoft Corp.’s recently released Windows Azure Pack
technology and deliver it through the Parallels Automation cloud platform. With this
solution, Ipeer will be able to offer hosted public and hybrid clouds with enterprise
functionality and flexibility consistent with that provided by Windows Azure. Customers
will also be able to extend their data centers into this cloud and to easily migrate
virtual machines between clouds.

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The new Windows Azure Pack is built on Microsoft’s latest datacenter software, Windows
Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, allowing Ipeer to deliver Windows
Azure-consistent services from the Ipeer datacenter. The Ipeer solution, which aims to
launch by mid-January 2014 as the first Windows Azure-consistent Infrastructure as a
Service (IaaS) solution in Scandinavia, will be delivered to customers through a new
Application Packaging Standard (APS) package for Parallels Automation.

“Building on the groundbreaking foundation of Windows Server and System Center,
Windows Azure Pack provides multi-tenant, self-service cloud functionality that works on
top of existing software and hardware investments,” said Eugene Saburi, General Manager,
Product Marketing, Microsoft. “We are pleased that Ipeer is taking advantage of Windows
Azure Pack to deliver a flexible and familiar self-service provisioning and infrastructure
management experience to its customers.”

“The future of cloud hosting is not one-size fits-all but rather one where corporate
clients will want to choose between optimized software and hardware, vendor sizes,
location, SLA and pricing, and move between providers. Experience, trust and local
presence will remain important when placing critical infrastructure and we welcome
Microsoft’s and Parallels’ clear visions here,” said Ipeer CEO Johan Hedlund.

“Customers are looking for local, in-country service providers to deliver the full
portfolio of cloud services,” said John Zanni, chief marketing officer, Service Provider,
Parallels. “Parallels helps service providers, like Ipeer, speed their time to revenue and
differentiate as the first in country service provide to offer the latest Windows Azure
Pack from Microsoft, enabled for distribution utilizing the APS standard supported by
Parallels Automation (APS standard.org).”

Because many of its services take advantage of code originally created for the Windows
Azure public cloud, the Windows Azure Pack was designed to inherently meet the scale and
performance requirements of modern IT organizations. By bringing together Windows Azure
and Parallels technologies, Ipeer continues to innovate and deliver premium solutions for
their customers’ hosted datacenter needs.

Ipeer is a leading provider of corporate cloud- and hosting services in Sweden,
providing a broad portfolio of services to enable optimal solutions. Clients range from
smaller start-ups to large e-commerce sites, banks and international corporations. Ipeer
has 65 employees, many of which have 15 years’ experience from corporate hosting
solutions, and a turnover of 50 MSEK (2012). Established in 2006, Ipeer has data centers
in Sweden and offices in Karlstad, Stockholm and Bangalore, India. http://www.ipeer.se

Press contacts:

Erik Arnberg, Marketing Manager, Ipeer, erik.arnberg@ipeer.se, +46-70-398-7534

Nikolett Bacso, Senior Manager, Public Relations Parallels, nbacso@parallels.com,
+1-425-282-5982 (cell)

Press images: http://www.ipeer.se/pr.php





Source: PR Newswire