MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the Managed WAN Optimization Services market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Virtela with the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership for its Cloud-Based Application Acceleration Service. This service leverages Virtela's Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) architecture, an open and robust global platform that supports a broad portfolio of managed network, mobility, and security services.
Virtela ESC comprises more than 50 Local Cloud Centers (LCCs) worldwide, which are integrated with the company's overlay public and private network. ESC supports any private or public cloud service, any location, any access type, and any communication-enabled device. Within this architecture, the LCCs serve as intelligent on- and off-ramps to the Virtela virtualized network, accelerating and optimizing traffic with application acceleration technologies, and then utilizing route-optimization algorithms to speed delivery end to end.
The LCCs are built using a modular architecture and platform that supports Virtela's full range of managed networking, mobility, and security services, and can be leveraged by partners to expand their own services portfolio and reach. A single online portal, VirtelaView, provides enterprise customers with visibility and control over all their Virtela services.
"Virtela has become the managed WAN optimization service of choice by offering a broad portfolio of integrated services that address many of the complexities of today's enterprises—application performance, global networking, security, mobility, and infrastructure management," says Frost & Sullivan Research Director Lynda Stadtmueller. "While Virtela's competitors offer varying types of services, none offers an integrated portfolio that matches its breadth and depth."
The WAN optimization market has traditionally been restricted to large enterprises that utilize the technology in select branch offices because of the high cost of legacy solutions. Virtela is making the technology more accessible so that all branch offices can benefit from higher performance and ROI, regardless of company size. The affordability and proven results of Virtela's offer, combined with the company's open architecture and flexible management capabilities, will continue to expand the market.
"The multi-vendor support within the ESC platform benefits enterprises that have already invested in premises-based WAN optimization technology and those that feel the need to deploy a local device to accommodate poor access facilities," adds Stadtmueller. "Virtela's competitors do not offer managed WAN Optimization services via the cloud; instead, they offer software- or hardware-based solutions." Virtela uniquely supports hybrid solutions, encompassing cloud-, software- and hardware-based WAN optimization, applying the best-suited technology for each location.
As a fully managed service, Virtela offers customers 24x7 proactive, follow-the-sun support. All services are fully managed by Virtela's Global Operation Centers' network engineering and IT experts. The VirtelaView portal offers transparency into the process and includes self-service capabilities.
Furthermore, Virtela's cloud-based managed WAN optimization service is priced lower than competing services. At just $5/branch office/day, Virtela's Cloud-Based Application Acceleration Service is affordable to enterprises of any size that cannot justify the costs of a premises-based appliance.
"Virtela's Application Acceleration service shows impressive results for both commercial and custom software applications," notes Stadtmueller. "In addition, Virtela offers end-to-end service-level agreements, backed by the industry's only 250 percent money-back guarantee."
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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 50 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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