Cloud-based Mobile Device Management Service Recognized by GSMA for Enabling Enterprise Users to "Work Smarter on the Move"
DENVER, February 23, 2012 - Virtela, the world's largest independent managed network, security and cloud services company, today announced that its Cloud-based Mobile Device Management (MDM) service has been named a finalist in the prestigious 17th annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards in the Best Enterprise Mobile Service category. The award, which will be presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 28, honors innovators that deliver best-in-class mobile services to the enterprise.
"Reflecting the intensity of competition and innovation across the mobile ecosystem, we saw a record 600 entries and an exceptionally high quality field of contenders vying for this year's Global Mobile Awards," said Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA. "It is a significant achievement to have made the shortlist, and our warmest congratulations go to all the nominees."
Selected in the Best Enterprise Mobile Service category, Virtela's Cloud MDM Service was recognized as one of "the most innovative mobile tools to help corporations or enterprise users to work smarter and do business better on the move." Virtela's service gives companies centralized global control with 24x7 proactive support to easily manage the massive proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the enterprise, whether corporate- or employee-owned. A recent Dell KACE survey revealed that 87% of employees use personal devices for work-related activities, illustrating the increasingly blurry line between personal and professional mobile device use. Meanwhile, 90% of IT managers in a 2011 Sybase survey are planning to implement new mobile applications and nearly one in two believe that successfully managing mobile applications would be their top priority.
Virtela greatly simplifies the management and security of iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile devices, leveraging the Virtela Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) - the world's first open platform for cloud IT services - for faster service delivery and return on investment than traditional approaches. Deployed instantly via Virtela ESC's 50 Local Cloud Centers (LCCs), the Cloud MDM Service has zero upfront costs and operates independent of the mobile operator or platform (including Apple iOS, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian) in 190+ countries.
Proactively managed on a 24x7 basis by Virtela Global Operations Centers' engineers, the service helps enterprises define and enforce mobility policies, safely distribute applications, contain costs and mitigate risks. Backed by the industry's first Real-Time Notification Service Level Agreement (SLA) for managed mobility services, the service also guarantees customers are alerted within 15 minutes of mobile activities that compromise corporate policies, such as rogue application access or roaming/data usage overages.
"As the consumerization of IT continues to strengthen, so does the demand for innovative services that can ease the intensifying workload associated with managing mobile devices in the enterprise - especially for multinational companies with users spread across the globe," said Ron Haigh, Virtela's vice president of cloud architecture and services. "We are honored to be recognized for our unique ability to alleviate these challenges with our open cloud platform and service that can dynamically manage and secure any mobile device user, anywhere in the world."
This recognition by the GSMA, which represents the interests of nearly 800 mobile operators in 220 countries, adds to recent accolades for Virtela's Cloud MDM Service, including the Cloud Computing Excellence Award, Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award, and Info Security Global Excellence Award finalist.
Virtela Technology Services Incorporated is the world's largest independent global managed services company. Virtela offers an award-winning suite of networking, security and mobility services in 190+ countries enabled by its intelligent multi-carrier overlay network and Virtela Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) platform, with 50 Local Cloud Centers (LCCs) that dynamically deliver services closest to enterprise end-users for the highest performance and lowest cost of ownership. Recognized by more than 40 awards for outstanding service innovation and customer support in the last two years, Virtela's services suite includes proactively managed networks, security, application acceleration, IT infrastructure and mobile device management.
Virtela is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with global support centers around the world. For more information, please call +1 (720) 475-4000 or visit www.virtela.net.
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