Google has just launched the Reseller API allowing Google Partners to integrate components of Google Apps reseller tools into their own customer and sales systems. Using the Reseller API, authorized reseller administrators and service integrators can "place customer orders and manage Google Apps monthly post-pay subscriptions."
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Google Apps for Business, Google Drive storage, and Google Apps Vault are supported by the API and functions available include (but not limited to):
- Add a new customer account
- Transfer a subscription for the customer
- Change the renewal settings of a subscription
- Start a paid service of a trial subscription
- View customer subscription information
- List subscriptions of a reseller
The Reseller API provides a means for Google Authorized Resellers and Partners to scale their businesses. In the announcement, Google uses Korean-based domain and hosting provider Megazone as an example:
"Megazone, a Korean-based domain and hosting provider, implemented the Reseller API as part of their existing domain name purchase process to make it easier for their web-based customers to sign up for Google Apps. If a customer opts-in for a Google Apps trial, they’re automatically set up in Megazone’s reseller console with a trial subscription. The customer can then sign in and start using Google Apps right away. This is a more scalable and easier way for customers to sign up for Google Apps through Megazone."