AppDirect Partners With Comcast to Deliver Cloud Services to Businesses

AppDirect Partners With Comcast to Deliver Cloud Services to Businesses 
Powered by AppDirect, Upware Marketplace From Comcast Business
Enables Customers to Buy and Manage Leading Applications 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/20/13 --  AppDirect, the
leading cloud service marketplace company, announced today the launch
of its latest partner marketplace, Upware(TM) from Comcast Business,
an advanced online store for cloud-based business applications. With
its new AppDirect-powered marketplace, Comcast -- the nation's
largest cable, Internet, and phone service company -- enables
millions of Comcast Business customers to easily discover and manage
innovative software solutions from leading providers. 
"Comcast prides itself on giving small and mid-sized businesses the
technology, service, and value they need to be successful in today's
competitive economy. The Upware marketplace from Comcast Business
puts this vision into practice," said Daniel Saks, co-CEO at
AppDirect. "Upware from Comcast Business not only provides the best
tools from leading providers, but also a fast, easy way for customers
to find and manage the tools they need." 
The Upware marketplace is a suite of cloud-based business solutions
that can be purchased through one easy-to-use web portal. It contains
a carefully selected list of third-party, cloud-based business
applications from industry-leading companies in key categories such
as data backup, data security, document collaboration and web
collaboration. Upware is designed to meet the needs of small and
medium businesses looking to use cloud-based solutions to simplify
their IT systems, control costs and increase productivity. 
Powered by AppDirect, the marketplace platform provides
industry-leading features that allow customers to browse apps from
providers such as Norton, Box, Carbonite, YouSendIt, Websense, Mozy,
Soonr, and Digital Safe. In addition, customers can read product
information and reviews, compare solutions, and more. The AppDirect
platform also enables customers to create one username and password
to log in and administer their apps, as well as review charges and
make one payment for all of their solutions.  
Using AppDirect's technology, Comcast can administer its entire
marketplace ecosystem, including product catalo
g, customer service,
and billing, with one integrated, back-end system. This creates a
seamless experience for Comcast, hosted software vendors, and
customers. "The Comcast team has taken a visionary approach to
curating relevant applications and delivering them to customers,
creating an integrated user experience that is better than purchasing
apps directly from providers," said Saks. "Working closely with
Comcast, it's clear that the company is strongly committed to
delivering a marketplace that is easy to use for its customers and
software partners alike." 
"We chose to work with AppDirect based on the strength of its
technology and the professionalism of its team," said Kevin O'Toole,
Senior Vice President at Comcast. "AppDirect is becoming the
recognized leader in cloud marketplace infrastructure and there is no
other platform that can offer their range of advanced features and
functionalities." 
The Upware marketplace from Comcast Business reinforces an ongoing
shift in the way that small businesses buy and manage software.
Instead of purchasing software from brick-and-mortar stores, or
buying solutions from multiple providers on the web, small business
owners are turning to online marketplaces from trusted providers as a
convenient, one-stop shop for the software they need. "Providers like
Comcast are leading the way in using the cloud to deliver powerful
solutions to small and medium-sized companies," Saks added. 
For more information about Upware from Comcast Business, please
visit: https://upware.comcast.com 
About AppDirect
 AppDirect is the leading cloud service marketplace
company dedicated to revolutionizing the way businesses run. Its
award-winning platform connects businesses, brands, and developers
through a global network of partner marketplaces. Based in San
Francisco, AppDirect powers the marketplaces of trusted companies
around the globe -- including Staples, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom,
Rackspace, Swisscom, Appcelerator, and more -- and has helped
millions of businesses discover, buy, and manage the best cloud-based
software and services. For more information, please visit
www.appdirect.com. 
About Comcast Business Services
 Comcast Business Services, a unit of
Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help
organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a
modern, advanced network that is backed by 24/7 technical support,
Comcast delivers Business Class Internet, TV and Voice services for
cost-effective, simplified communications management. 
Launched in 2011, the Comcast Business Class Ethernet suite offers
high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Metro Ethernet
services with the capacity to deliver cloud computing,
software-as-a-service, business continuity/disaster recovery and
other bandwidth-intensive applications. Comcast Metro Ethernet
services are significantly faster than standard T1 lines and other
legacy technologies, providing scalable bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to
10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in more than 20 major US markets. 
For more information, call 866-429-3085 or visit
http://business.comcast.com/enterprise. 
Media Contact
Emily Borders
877-404-APPS ext. 419
pr@appdirect.com 
 
 
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