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Artisan Infrastructure supercharges cloud service provider agility, empowering faster time-to-market of competitive channel solutions
AUSTIN, TX – December 6, 2011 – Artisan Infrastructure, the wholesale Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, today announces open enrollment in the Certified Solution Ecosystem of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). The first solution ecosystem of its kind, designed to facilitate a direct relationship between Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and ISVs, the Certified Solution Ecosystem expedites the selection, adoption, and deployment of software solutions already certified to perform on Cornerstone℠, Artisan Infrastructure’s wholesale IaaS.
Since January 2011, membership in the Certified Solution Ecosystem has been available by invitation only. To date, CA Technologies, Mitel, Asigra, 2X, AppNeta, NetEx, MokaFive, Beatty & Company, and StorageCraft have certified software products. As a result, the Managed Service Provider (MSP) channel can now engage directly with Certified Solution Partners to deliver their self-branded VoIP, backup & recovery, virtual desktop, security, print/document management, and application delivery as a cloud-based service built on Cornerstone. Dozens of additional ISVs are currently undergoing certification. With the introduction of open enrollment, 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Artisan Infrastructure and the MSP channel.
“The Artisan Infrastructure Certified Solution Ecosystem fits perfectly with CA Technologies’ emphasis on offering powerful data protection solutions through MSPs and the channel,” said John LaCorte, Senior Director, Data Management, CA Technologies. “Quick trial and deployment of our CA ARCserve solutions on Artisan Infrastructure is accelerating adoption of cloud-enabled applications.”
“We are seeing demand for cloud-powered Unified Communications (UC) applications steadily increasing,” said Stephen Brown, VP, Field Business Development, Mitel. “Artisan Infrastructure’s vendor-neutral Certified Solution Ecosystem provides an enterprise-grade, on-demand, and scalable platform to support our advanced business communications solutions. The certified templates enabled through Artisan Infrastructure’s Certified Solution Ecosystem increase the speed of deployment of our productivity enhancing applications offered through the channel, significantly reducing the time to market for our UC solutions.”
“Deployment of a traditional premise-based solution for a typical customer can take up to 30 days from order to completion,” said Mark Kruger of Virtutel, a Mitel VAR who delivers hosted call center solutions. “With the Mitel virtual apps available via Artisan Infrastructure’s Certified Solution Ecosystem we can now deploy an equivalent virtualized solution in less than a day.”
Previously, only the largest Service Providers (SPs) could build and offer broad product portfolios because of the massive capital investment requirements and daunting nature of such an undertaking. For smaller MSPs the deterrents included:
- Engineering resources and technical knowhow required to evaluate various vendor solutions and concern over unproven solutions
- Technical complexity of the solutions that required advanced engineering skill sets for solution certifications and architectural design
- Expensive infrastructure resources to build, test and trial complex solutions
The new program by Artisan Infrastructure invests the capital and provides the technical skill set to make a wide array of applications available to smaller SPs, thereby eliminating the above mentioned barriers to entry. Artisan Infrastructure’s Certified Solution Ecosystem empowers smaller SPs by:
- Making them more agile and significantly reducing their Time to Market (TTM)
- Making complex architectures simpler
- Enhancing simplicity via “templated” solution deployment
- Providing solution specific technical and sales training
“Artisan Infrastructure is committed to doing the R&D to certify ISV partner solutions that are compatible with Cornerstone and operate within our channel,” said Rob Bruce, CEO, All Mountain Technology. “Given the support resources that Artisan Infrastructure commits to this effort and the leverage Artisan has with ISVs, I would much rather work with Artisan Infrastructure Certified Solution Ecosystem Partners than to put our company at risk with unproven solutions.”
Certified Solutions Ecosystem enrolment requirements include:
- Proprietary Software – Only proprietary software vendors will be considered. No OEM, resellers, or service providers will be accepted. Applying vendors must own the intellectual property.
- Service Provider programs – Qualified participants must support the channel through service provider type licensing and a channel focused support mechanism.
- Vendor Certification – Vendors will be provided infrastructure resources for certification purposes, to be leveraged as a demo environment, and for maintenance of public solution templates. The vendors themselves are expected to engage directly in certification and maintenance of their environment.
Pricing and Availability
Participation in Artisan Infrastructure’s Certified Solution Ecosystem is free to qualified participants, and enrollment is now open. For more information, contact Steve Williams at[email protected].
About Artisan Infrastructure
Artisan Infrastructure is the leading innovator of cloud, cloud management and business continuity solutions that enable solution providers and enterprises to migrate, manage and deliver continuously available cloud applications at the speed of business. Founded in 2011, Artisan Infrastructure specializes in helping organizations assimilate secure and compliant cloud technology into their operational portfolio. Artisan serves managed service providers, global systems integrators, communications providers, telco’s, data center operators, independent software vendors and enterprises exclusively through the channel. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices in Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Portland, Edinburgh, Scotland and Cluj, Romania. Artisan operates data centers in the United States and Europe. For more information on Artisan Infrastructure’s Cloud Architect™, Neverfail™ and Cornerstone™ solutions, contact the company at 512-600-4300, or http://www.artisaninfrastructure.com. Follow Artisan Infrastructure on Twitter at twitter.com/ArtisanInf