Plesk Obsidian Preview: The Curtain Lifts

Plesk Obsidian Preview

Plesk continues to evolve from a basic and feature-based control panel to a powerful and innovative platform. Managing servers, applications, websites and hosting businesses at a professional level. Today we proudly present the preview of our next major release: Plesk Obsidian.

Why the new Plesk Obsidian release?

The hosting world is in transition – How we manage servers, applications and websites is transforming as we leverage them into the cloud. We’re in a time where hybrid IT — a mix of legacy systems and cloud delivery — is the new normal. The technology pillars of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS provide the basic cloud building blocks, but the technology itself is no longer good enough. Even at core infrastructure level, web professionals need help to design and manage hybrid IT environments and embrace DevOps.

Digital natives in nearly every market are driving this shift – because they want to be more agile, and more efficient. They want to deliver great customer experiences and take advantage of new technologies to cut costs. And – they want to increase productivity and value – while making the digital experience a human one.

What’s new in Plesk Obsidian?

what's new in Plesk Obsidian? - Plesk Obsidian Preview May 2019

Let us quickly guide you through the shifts in the new version. From Modern Web Stack and Project Lifecycle to Managed WordPress and User Experience. Here’s what’s new and why we did it. For a full view, check out the Obsidian release page.

#1: Modern Web Stack: To swiftly develop apps & sites

Modern Web Stack: To swiftly develop apps & sites - Plesk

What’s the most important thing to consider when you’re developing top-notch web applications? No doubt, it’s the technology stack your app is based on. The choice of a relevant tech stack is particularly challenging for small businesses and startups. This is because they usually have limited budgets. So, they need a technology stack that provides the most bang for their buck and raises projects off the ground.

Plesk Obsidian delivers an optimized stack “out-of-the-box” and ready-to-code platform with MongoDB support. Also, new Docker integration, Domain Connect support,  Composer support, .htaccess support for NGINX and all the other tools and languages you need. In addition, SNI support will be available in both Postfix and MailEnable, to make sure no one listens in on your conversations.

#2: Web Project Lifecycle: Streamlined to increase productivity

Over the past two years, we’ve surveyed more than 25,000 Web Professionals worldwide to better understand best practices for their web project lifecycle. Plesk Obsidian will step in to make life considerably easier for developers, system administrators and other web pros, as well as for agencies and hosting resellers.

Web Project Lifecycle: Streamlined to increase productivity - Plesk

We improved the already successful Plesk Advisor extension with a variety of new and innovative features. Thus, making server, app, and website management easy for everyone. Security is, as usual, also on our map: Mod Security and Fail2ban  become active as soon as you install.

#3: Website Management: A Simplified Experience

Website management panel on Plesk Obsidian

The customers of 2020 will have more control over the experience they demand. Immediate resolution will not be fast enough as customers will expect companies to proactively address their current and future needs. Plesk Obsidian proposes a brand new and compelling UX which makes website management as easy as pie. Plus, it fully aligns with how web professionals build, secure and run servers and applications that scale in the cloud.

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This is an important step towards securing future revenues. Because customers will stop buying products that can’t resolve challenges quickly and in an intuitive and user-friendly way. Plesk Obsidian will thus provide a true competitive advantage and deliver a superior user experience.

Finally, we also tweaked the web installer, search and file manager functions, while adding more control via the new Restricted Access mode.

#4: Managed Services: To Ease Customers’ Minds

Managed WordPress Services panel on Plesk Obsidian

Managed services are becoming increasingly popular with businesses around the world. They take complexity off customers’ shoulders, while guaranteeing that “it simply works”. According to Reuters, the global managed service market is expected to grow from USD 180.5 billion (2018) to USD 282.0 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.3%.

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Adding the Plesk management layer to hosting services or managed WordPress offering helps grow beyond unmanaged services. Finally letting one tap into servicing business-critical applications. Furthermore, Plesk hosting providers can offer customers a valuable turnkey WordPress environment or managed WordPress offer in minutes. How? Through our constantly improving WordPress Toolkit.

Try Plesk Obsidian Preview before anyone else

Want to know what’s next? Just request access to the preview and test the new Plesk Obsidian Preview now. All we ask is that you give us your feedback in return. This will help us identify improvements, bugs, and make Plesk Obsidian even better.

But this is just a scratch on the surface – More great things are coming soon! Registered users will automatically receive updates on the latest preview version with even more features and enhancements.

Can ZNetLive and Plesk help MSPs generate new revenue streams?

More revenue for managed service providers

Today’s technological evolution means complete digitalization and hence, different complexities in IT infrastructure and systems. These complexities are hard for start-ups and SMBs to manage with a shoestring budget, insufficient IT expertise and security risks. The solution is a new business model – a managed IT and infrastructure service.

What can you do as a Managed Service Provider?

They provide an effective method for customers to stay up-to-date with the latest technological advancements, better their business processes and cut costs at the same time. The rate at which managed service demand is increasing proves that this model is here to stay for years to come.

MarketsandMarkets forecasts the managed services market to grow to $257.84 billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.1%. The SMEs segment for managed services is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are third-party service providers whose core job is managing offerings. Services ranging from network, infrastructure, applications, security, communications, information and more. The MSP market is made of cloud service providers, hosting companies, application service providers (ASPs) and network service providers (NSPs). All of them bundle their legacy offerings with management services.

Challenges that MSPs need to address

With the hosting industry rapidly scaling to the cloud, came a revolutionary shift in demands of web professionals and developers.

  1. Now users require service provider support for various advanced software, like Docker and Github. And a framework-ready environment for Ruby on rails, Node.js, Python, PHP and more. Moreover, they need complete visibility into their services. Not to mention easy access from an integrated platform. Without all this, they’ll go to the infrastructure providers for everything, leading to reduced productivity for both.
  2. The MSPs have to find new ways to provide advanced customized solutions that fulfill their end customers’ expectations and requirements and multi-server management. The absence of a unified platform and environment for all languages consumes a lot of time.
  3. There’s a missing connection between the original infrastructure service provider and the end customers of the MSPs.

Empowering service providers and simplifying web professionals’ lives

What about ZNetLive with Plesk Onyx?

Being a leading name among long-serving IT services providers, ZNetLive understands the issues that service providers and their end customers face. Hence, ZNetLive solutions have been specially designed with Plesk. So service providers can cater to SMBs’ and web professionals’ evolving needs, while Plesk Onyx addresses all the above-mentioned challenges.

ZNetLive and Plesk-powered services include dedicated servers, Cloud VPS, shared hosting, WordPress hosting. And managed services like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM Cloud.

Benefits of ZNetLive and Plesk Onyx

ZNetLive have recently become the authorized distributor of Plesk in India. Providing a full range of Plesk solutions for developers, digital agencies, IT admins, content mangers, web hosters, and hyperscalers at a very competitive pricing. They focus on cost-effective solutions, especially handy for those with budget constraints.

With the home-grown automation tool (RackNap), ZNetLive delivers customers these Plesk solutions in an efficient, automated manner.

  • ZNetLive-Plesk offerings allow you to focus on a wider target audience. Hence allowing you as a service provider to earn more from your existing offerings. Also, Plesk helps scale the server offerings and extend the amount of instance sales for resellers and customers renting servers.
  • With an ever-developing Plesk ecosystem of third parties, added components and various editions, ZNetLive solutions provide service providers the best in the market for up-selling and cross-selling customers with a high-price per server.

“I am greatly impressed with the dedicated server powered by Plesk that I purchased from ZNetLive. Plesk helps us with centralized management to automate multiple client websites effortlessly. Easily distribute web spaces and subscriptions across multiple servers with centralized management and Intelligent Server Maintenance. My clients are basically SMBs and web professionals - the geeky ones. Now they can work with any OS, database or programming language. My business is soaring - thanks guys!”

Nitin Gajjar, CTO, Jeet Info India Pvt Ltd.

With Plesk Extensions, web professionals can design, develop and better manage websites and apps. Meanwhile, ZNetLive offerings empower service providers to grow at a fast pace with all business facets covered. Whether it’s support, data security, migration or backup services. Offering visibility of all services and products from one place.

Plesk-powered services: The way forward for MSPs

For any managed service provider to be successful, it’s essential to have the right bridge between the infrastructure provider and its end customers. Plesk Onyx is that control panel solution which connects everything effectively. And its most important feature? The ability to continuously evolve and adapt according to the dynamics of the industry.