Recession Sparks Cloud Computing Revolution

SaaS provider Nasstar is to launch a Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) programme for its Hosted Desktop service as businesses struggle to fight the recession. The news comes as major companies are shedding thousands of IT jobs in an effort to help balance the books and stay afloat in the tough economic climate.

"With the recession putting IT staff under enormous pressure, businesses are quickly waking up to the fact that on-premise IT is a costly overhead", said Dan Smith, partner programme manager at Nasstar.

"The recession is inflicting a huge amount of pain on the technology industry. With reduced margins, churn; shrinking markets for traditional services, crippling revenue, the SPLA programme presents a rare chance to fight back. In the current economic turmoil, businesses can open up new opportunities by adopting a mass-market business service, which can be sold to their existing base or used to open up new opportunities for core products."

Nasstar developed its Hosted Desktop platform over the last 5 years and through its SPLA programme is empowering other service providers to benefit from the intellectual property, created to ensure as many service providers and ultimately businesses can take advantage of all the benefits of the cloud service.

The programme, which will be targeted at ISPs and telecommunications providers, will include sales and marketing training to enable customers to get the most out of Hosted Desktop. The package will also include full consultation to ensure that the platform integrates with existing systems quickly.

"The traditional IT status quo has been challenged and has lost. We are now in a new era in computing that requires cost effective billing, where the customer only pays for what they use", added Smith.

"With the recession hitting everybody hard, forward thinking organisations will take note of the huge cost savings that can be reaped from the cloud model. Those that fail to take action on this will struggle to survive", Smith concluded.

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