2012 has been a year of great achievement for Virtela. One case in point: we are closing the year with 40 industry awards recognizing our continuous innovation in the cloud, our unique approach towards managed services, our partnership-based model and our exceptional customer support. These achievements instill a sense of great pride in our company, but more importantly, they motivate and drive us to continue to innovate and achieve the highest standards possible to help our customers and partners succeed.
Just back from Interop’s 25 anniversary year. Definitely seemed like more energy and attendance this year, though haven’t seen the actual #’s yet.
Not sure how many years you’ve been going to the show, but this was my 19th year. Yes, 10Mb Ethernet switches were first displayed that year (Kalpana), and we had 25% of the attendee population by our Ungermann-Bass booth to see “DragonSwitch” the following year, 1993.
The cloud represents a monumental shift in the way companies approach IT. These days, instead of buying software packages or mountains of storage tapes, we’re just as likely to send software, storage, and other needs to the cloud, which can often afford better solutions at lower costs. However, one challenge that still remains is optimizing response time as more applications are hosted in the public cloud. Because applications hosted on the public cloud are “farther away” from the end-user, customers may find response time leaves something to be desired.
Recognizing this, we rolled out our Cloud Accelerator service in January’2011. The service—an industry’s first acceleration service for public clouds—leverages our Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) architecture to optimize the performance of applications run on the public cloud, including SaaS, storage, or common office apps.
This year’s IT Roadmap Chicago definitely had more emphasis on the cloud than in the past—that’s good news for Virtela.
Our VP of Marketing, Liza Adams, presented at the event and spoke on Using the Cloud for Faster Apps, Robust Security, & Proactive Management. It was reassuring to hear positive feedback from the attendees. One audience member applauded that Liza’s presentation demonstrated how to approach and solve IT issues for multinational companies, instead of sounding like a sales pitch.
More than 400 IT professionals at multinational companies responded to Virtela’s recent survey on top IT infrastructure priorities for 2011 and improvement areas for managed service providers (MSPs), and the results provide an exciting glimpse into the year ahead.
Topping the list of priorities are infrastructure management, security, data center consolidation, application acceleration and cloud solutions. Not surprising, really. Having just come back from PTC ’11 where cloud services seemed to be a recurring topic of conversation amongst our global partners, to the customers we speak to on a daily basis, cloud solutions are in high demand given their ability to deliver better, cheaper and faster ways to meet security, application acceleration and other needs. And with today’s IT leaders being tasked with security and compliance initiatives on top of the ongoing management and monitoring of networks, data centers, application speeds and overall business efficiency – it’s no wonder they ranked these as their top priorities for 2011.