DENVER - July 13, 2011 - Virtela, the world's largest independent managed network, security and cloud services company, today announced it received the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award for Business Service Innovation at a recent ceremony in London. Virtela was recognized for its Cloud-based Application Acceleration Service, the industry's first virtualized managed application acceleration service. The service enables enterprises to turbo-charge business applications up to 25 times faster at the flip of a switch for just $5 a day per branch office - or leverage industry-breakthrough per hour pricing for application acceleration, starting at just 50 cents per hour.
Now in its fifth year, the GTB Innovation Awards are designed to honor innovative projects involving operators and service providers around the world, in association with their vendors and suppliers.
Enabled by Virtela's Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) architecture, Virtela's Cloud-based Application Acceleration Service virtualizes acceleration devices within the network cloud, enabling enterprises to escape the high cost and complexity of dedicated hardware appliances at each branch office or data center. The service can be activated instantly around the globe at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.
KEMET Corporation, a leading manufacturer of tantalum, ceramic, aluminum, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, is leveraging Virtela's cloud acceleration to speed access to business-critical applications for its global workforce of more than 11,000 employees across the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific.
"With cloud-based application acceleration, we've experienced significant reductions in our application response times overall and been able to postpone planned bandwidth increases in many cases, which has led to higher productivity and a higher return on investment since we do not need to deploy and manage dedicated appliances at all of our branch offices around the world," said Brian Burch, senior director of worldwide infrastructure for KEMET. "Moreover, the quality of the service combined with proactive support enables my IT staff to focus on more strategic business and delivers excellent end-user satisfaction."
"Virtela is focused on creating new technology solutions for our customers and partners that deliver faster application performance with a lower total cost of ownership along with personalized world-class support," said Ron Haigh, Virtela's vice president of cloud architecture and services. "We are honored to be recognized for our cloud service innovations and credit our customers, technology partners and dedicated employees for helping Virtela launch award-winning services."
Virtela ESC is the only cloud platform purpose-built for enterprise networking, security and mobility. The open architecture leverages Virtela's 50 Local Cloud Centers (LCCs), strategically located around the world in close proximity to end users to accelerate applications immediately, near the content source. The service accelerates applications between any location, including headquarters, data centers, branch offices, mobile workers, partners, and public or private clouds.
Virtela Technology Services Incorporated is the world's largest independent managed network, security and cloud services company. Virtela offers an award-winning suite of services - including managed networks, security, application acceleration and proactive infrastructure management - to mid-market and Fortune 500 customers around the world. Virtela offers unparalleled geographic reach to more than 190 countries through its partnerships with more than 500 carriers.
Virtela is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with globally distributed Network Operations Centers in the U.S., India and the Philippines. For more information, please call +1 (720) 475-4000 or visit www.virtela.net.