iAreaNet’s cloud-based, “desktop-in-the-cloud” business communications suite, iAreaOffice, was selected as a recipient of the 2012 Internet Telephony Excellence Award.
The trend towards the cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) continues with worldwide spending on public IT cloud services projected to be more than $40 billion this year, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). That is expected to approach $100 billion in 2016, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.4 percent.
By the end of the decade, IDC expects at least 80 percent of the industry’s growth, and the highest-value leverage of IT by enterprises and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), will be driven by cloud services.
“For VARs, a solution like iAreaOffice can be a critical addition to their portfolio,” said James deCrescenzo, CEO, iAreaNet. “SMBs and enterprises alike are implementing cloud-based delivery models for software as they look to reduce costs and bolster functionality–indeed, many have a mandate to do so. VARs can combine iAreaOffice with traditional IT services like LAN installation and security implementations, for a holistic solution to meeting market demand and gaining more share of wallet inside the small/medium enterprise or SMB.”
iAreaOffice provides businesses, VARs and agents with a solution that leverages the benefits of the cloud service delivery model to deliver a best-in-class IT communications portfolio that can be combined with data and mobile connectivity.
The secure “office-in-the-cloud” suite includes the latest version of Microsoft Office, which includes Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and can integrate other software to be delivered as a service, such as QuickBooks, Saga, Amicus, Fireworks or Dreamweaver.
iAreaNet’s programmers can develop and deliver CRM and custom applications on its servers.
For IT staff and VARs, iAreaOffice also provides extras like Archive on Demand, which backs up and restores every file via the cloud. Also, iAreaNet updates and upgrades to the latest version of a business’ software portfolio, eliminating the costly administrative task of ongoing maintenance and user standardization. Businesses gain more control over their communications, mitigating IT headaches like out-of-policy downloads and software patching.
iAreaNet will be exhibiting at the CVx ChannelVIsion Expo, Oct. 2-5 in Austin, Texas, and deCrescenzo will bring his expertise to a panel discussion on Public Clouds Vs. Virtual Private Clouds, at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 4.
“ITEXPO is a critical event for the IT and communications industry, and we are looking forward to advancing our role as a thought leader in the cloud communications space,” said Andrew Campbell, managing partner, iAreaNet. “There is a sea change happening in IP communications that really brings to fruition the promise of all-IP services and virtualization. iAreaNet is proud to be at the forefront of developing and clarifying the opportunity for business, VARs and Agents.”