ZeroStack launched a new global Partner Program this week to help partners deliver an OpenStack private cloud to their customers.

The startup, which launched from stealth in August 2015, called the partner program a critical piece of its overall business strategy. It will support “regionally strategic VARs whose commitment to their customers extend beyond selling legacy data center infrastructure.”

The ZeroStack Cloud Platform provides a private cloud designed to be as easy to use as public cloud while meeting security and other controls required by enterprises. On its website, ZeroStack said that cloud platform helps partners offer customers a local alternative to public cloud, and that it scales seamlessly without any OpenStack expertise.

In an interview with Talkin’ Cloud’s sister site the WHIR last year, ZeroStack CEO Ajay Gulati said that it is “disrupting the private cloud market with a unique solution that can provide self-service cloud to enterprises in literally 15 minutes versus three to six months that it takes to build a private cloud and stitch together hardware and software technologies today.”

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“Businesses today are looking for more than just a converged hardware platform. They need a full stack solution emulating the ease of public cloud consumption, with the security and predictability of private clouds,” Sean Cardenas, ZeroStack vice president of sales and operations said in a statement. “ZeroStack’s solution delivers everything in a rapidly deployable platform that scales seamlessly - without requiring OpenStack expertise.”

The ZeroStack Cloud Building Blocks integrate compute, clustered storage, SDN and management software, essentially offering an OpenStack “cloud-in-a-box”, ZeroStack said in a statement.

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ZeroStack is currently accepting applications for its partner program on its website.