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Cloud Communications Feature

May 24, 2011

Intel Launches SMB Cloud Service, Featuring Apps

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor

Intel (News - Alert) Corporation has launched the Intel “AppUp”  cloud-based service for small businesses, featuring a wide variety of software for small businesses from software providers including Astaro, GFI Software, gloStream, Intuit, Level Platforms, Microsoft (News - Alert), SIOS, Tally, and Vembu.

Intel expects to add apps from  Allscripts, Apani, Asigra, ClearCenter, Coversant, Critical Links, Elina Networks, Ensim, eTurns, Fonality, KineticD, Lumension, McAfee, Novell, Pragma Systems, StorageCraft, Symantec (News - Alert), and WorkSpace Communications as well. 

The hybrid service combines cloud computing with applications and data running on the  premises. Intel’s AppUp service includes a server, a catalog of prepackaged small business applications from a broad range of software providers, and Intel-developed software to securely manage and track use of the application software. 

Small business customers access the solution through service providers, paying on a monthly basis for the software they use, just like in the cloud, but getting the responsiveness and control of running their applications and data on site.

For small  business service providers looking for a way to differentiate from other access providers, AppUp will allow providers to deliver a wide range of small business software solutions as a service. There will some training necessary to bring sales personnel up to speed on the various packages, but at least the provisioning should not be onerous. 

The Intel AppUp Small Business Service is available now to qualified IT service providers and managed service providers in North America and India.  Intel expects to expand the program to other countries.

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Gary Kim (News - Alert) is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Gary’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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