eXo 3.5 Multi-Tenancy Targets Cloud, Managed Service Providers
eXo, which develops a content management system, has released eXo 3.5. The multi-tenancy platform could allow managed services providers (MSPs) and cloud services providers (CSPs) to offer customers dedicated portals for content and collaboration, social streams and services, and mobile access. eXo Founder and President Benjamin Mestrallet (pictured) described the strategy to me last week.
“Even though we released eXo 3.0 more recently, we’ve been working on this multi-tenancy feature for the last three years,” Mestrallet said. “It’s not something that can be created overnight.” The multi-tenancy capability in version 3.5 allows cloud service providers and MSPs to deploy the platform in either a public or private cloud environment. It’s a capability that, according to Mestrallet, eXo’s enterprise customers have been asking for.
eXo 3.5 also offers mobile support for Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices. As a result, mobile users can interact with dashboards, activity streams and other platform capabilities.
eXo has introduced new collaboration tools — including support for Wikis, forums, polls, FAQs and shared calendars. Users can now store, share and organize documents, and integrate more advanced workflows into their existing environments by leveraging eXo 3.5’s enhanced content management features. The platform includes a new search engine optimization (SEO) feature and an inline editing feature so that customers can edit and publish content from the front-end more efficiently. And finally, 3.5 comes with integrated sample sites that customers can use as examples of how to leverage all of the new technology included in eXo UXPaaS 3.5.
Mestrallet said that eXo plans to leverage channel partners to double its enterprise customer base in 2012. eXo currently sells its solution in North America, Europe, Asia and South American.
Mestrallet did not rule out a potential SMB push. MSPs could be a doorway into that market, and Mestrallet hinted that eXo is working on some sort of solution for SMBs. He did not give specifics or a timetable for such a solution.