Spiceworks Opens Platform to Cloud Vendors
AUSTIN, TX, Nov 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Spiceworks(TM), Inc., the world's largest community for IT, today
introduced the Spiceworks Cloud Program. By integrating directly with
Spiceworks' free IT management application, the new program gives
cloud vendors a way to reach more than 2.2 million IT professionals
who use Spiceworks to do their jobs. The program will also make it
easier for IT professionals to discover, monitor, manage and
provision their favorite cloud services from a single interface.
Initially, the Spiceworks Cloud Program will focus on four of the
most common cloud services used within the small-to-midsize business
(SMB) market -- hosted email, online backup, cloud servers and file
sharing. The program will expand to all cloud categories over the
remainder of 2012 and 2013. To date, Microsoft Office 365, Google
Apps, and Rackspace Cloud and Email offerings have been integrated
with Spiceworks, and the new program will make it a seamless process
for other cloud vendors looking to deliver their services to SMBs
"I use Spiceworks each day to do my job and would be more likely to
purchase a cloud solution that's integrated into Spiceworks than one
that is not," said Bernard Welmers, IT support specialist at Knutson
Construction. "The program should be a no-brainer for cloud providers
who are focused on expanding their user base, because it helps
simplify the lives of IT pros like me."
Spiceworks Cloud Program Addresses Needs of Developers and IT Pros
The Spiceworks Cloud Program helps cloud vendors and developers
quickly integrate into Spiceworks through a standardized set of APIs.
Participating vendors also receive a Spiceworks Product Page and a
listing in Spiceworks' Product Selector. IT pros can begin managing
integrated cloud services by updating to Spiceworks 6.2 later this
year. Together, the Spiceworks Cloud Program and Spiceworks 6.2 will
allow IT pros to:
-- Detect cloud services - Spiceworks' cloud detection and discovery
capabilities were introduced this year in Spiceworks 6 to help IT pros
detect popular cloud services. This allows IT pros to see the cloud
services being used on their network and who is using them, providing
them with an extra layer of control.
-- Monitor cloud services - Through the Spiceworks Cloud Program, IT pros
can view and oversee cloud service usage across their organization,
such as available storage capacity or when the last successful backup
was completed. IT pros can also set proactive alerts and generate
reports that are delivered through the application or via email.
-- Manage cloud services - The program allows IT pros to fine-tune their
cloud services in a centralized way by helping them manage common
tasks such as adding users to hosted email distribution lists or
setting up their backup processes. This helps limit the number of
consoles needed to do their jobs while giving them a deeper view into
the resources their organization needs.
-- Provision cloud services - The Spiceworks Cloud Program helps IT pros
provision cloud services directly from the Spiceworks application.
This simplifies how IT professionals make infrastructure and account
changes, such as adding new servers, storage capacity or user
"The Spiceworks Cloud Program offers a path for technology vendors to
reach more than 2.2 million IT pros, many of whom are expanding their
use of cloud solutions," said Scott Abel, co-founder and CEO of
Spiceworks. "The program also helps IT pros by giving them a simple
way to manage cloud applications from the interface they use each day
to do their jobs."
More information can be found at www.spiceworks.com/cloud.
Spiceworks connects 2.2 million IT professionals
with more than 1,200 technology brands to simplify how IT
professionals discover, buy and manage nearly $400 billion in
technology products and services each year. Headquartered in Austin,
Texas, Spiceworks is backed by Adams Street Partners, Tenaya Capital,
Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Shasta Ventures and Austin
Ventures. For more information visit http://www.spiceworks.com.
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