Platform9 announced on Monday it will be launching a new partner program designed for systems integrators, service providers and resellers that are focused on cloud computing. This new program will enable partners to more efficiently design and deploy flexible private cloud networks for their customers.

The company’s Managed OpenStack provides a solution to transform an organization’s current servers into an agile, self-serviced private cloud within minutes. By delivering OpenStack as a SaaS-based solution, it acts as an overlay to build off existing networks. Public cloud offerings provide the necessary power and storage on demand, but many businesses could be uncomfortable in giving up total control over their data – this is where Platform 9 shines in providing an easy to setup Private Cloud.

“Our new channel program helps our partners capitalize on the significant business opportunity surrounding customers’ cloud transformation needs. Platform9’s unique SaaS-based OpenStack solution enables partners to deliver immediate value to their customers while enhancing their status as a private cloud ‘trusted advisor,’” Adam Ulfers, Platform9 Vice President of Sales, said. “Most importantly, we can help increase our partners’ share of cloud spending by extending their solutions and services as they build out their customers’ data center ecosystems.”

According to the announcement, “true private cloud (on-premise and hosted together) is expected to grow from $7 billion in 2015 to $201 billion in 2026 (36% CAGR) and be 31% of infrastructure spend.”

The release also stated that at last month’s OpenStack Summit, the OpenStack Foundation said half of the Fortune 100 companies use OpenStack. These include major names like Wal-Mart, AT&T, SAP and Wells Fargo, who all discussed how they are utilizing open source code to build their private clouds.

Alvin Chu, Senior Director of Cloud Practice at FusionStorm said Platform9 accelerates the time to value for their customers and business by simplifying an otherwise extensive transition.

“With growing concerns about runaway costs and data lock-in with the public cloud, many customers are pursuing hybrid cloud strategy, with IT as internal service providers,” Chu said. “With Platform9’s private-cloud-as-a-service, we can transform our customers’ existing data center resources into flexible, enterprise-grade private cloud infrastructure in just minutes – all backed by an operational SLA.”

Platform9’s mission is to make private cloud accessible and easy to adopt for organizations of any size by transforming current servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service and on-premises cloud network. Founded in 2013, Platform9 is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and is backed by both Menlo and Redpoint Ventures.