PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: JIVE) today announced the successful deployment and first major milestone for a GNS3 Technologies external community, built on JiveX and called "The GNS3 Jungle." Already one of the world's fastest growing communities of networking professionals, The GNS3 Jungle has attracted more than 125,000 members in just 60 days, with thousands of new members joining every day to exchange ideas about network designs, learn about new products and services from network vendors, and study for network certifications. The new community and software helps network engineers and vendors drive innovation by providing a central hub where they can design, test and collaborate in a virtual, risk-free environment.
GNS3's software democratized network testing and rapidly became an industry standard. Today, millions of networking professionals – from college students to engineers in each department of the U.S. government and every global telecommunications provider – use GNS3 to design and optimize networks without having to purchase a single piece of hardware. This free virtual environment is supported through the company's lead generation and sponsorship offerings, which are used by leading network vendors and service providers like SolarWinds, Riverbed, Citrix, Arista and Huawei.
"We are extremely thankful to our loyal community for their tremendous support in helping us quickly achieve this amazing milestone through word of mouth alone – we simply wouldn't be here without them. The Jungle's 125,000 members share valuable ideas that continue to influence our product direction and fuel our mission of helping networking pros succeed during every stage of their career," said Stephen Guppy, CEO at GNS3 Technologies. "Our strategy is to maintain the software for free, while providing network hardware and software vendors with a platform to connect with the world's largest community of networking professionals. And by leveraging Jive's best-in-class external community solution, we've gained the flexibility to tailor it to our users' specific needs and build a scalable hub that will serve the networking industry for years to come."
Underpinned by the market-leading JiveX platform, The GNS3 Jungle gives networking pros a one-stop shop where they can engage with their peers and the companies behind the latest networking products and services. Members can post questions, share product reviews, join interest-based groups or events and follow leading vendors to gain meaningful insights on the latest networking products.
Networking service providers and network hardware vendors can engage with the company's targeted audience by embedding their tools within the GNS3 software, promoting themselves through interactive vendor pages and sponsoring informative webinars and whitepapers within The GNS3 Jungle. This value-added solution and flexibility within JiveX allows providers to encourage open dialogue about their products and services, share thought leadership and run demand generation campaigns.
Since the GNS3 community launched last fall, it has already garnered more than 120 million impressions, and has seen 18 percent week-over-week growth. This year, GNS3 plans to expand the community with a centralized product repository and review system where professionals can find trusted peer feedback about every kind of networking appliance or software.
"The Jungle is yet another example of the huge value external communities can deliver – from driving brand affinity, repeat business and customer satisfaction, to powering entirely new revenue streams," said Elisa Steele, president, Jive Software. "I'm excited to see how GNS3 has leveraged our intuitive communication and collaboration platform, taking advantage of our rich content and search capabilities that go beyond traditional forums in order to foster more meaningful engagement and interaction across their customers, partners and employees."
GNS3 provides an intuitive graphical user interface to design and configure virtual networks. Over two million active users from nearly 200 countries worldwide have downloaded this software over 11 million times since its creation in 2008. GNS3 serves enterprises such as AT&T, PetroChina, Twitter, IBM and the U.S. Department of Defense. The company was incorporated in 2013 and has offices in Calgary and Silicon Valley. More information on GNS3 can be found at http://www.gns3.com/ or by following the company on Twitter @gns3.
About Jive Software
Jive (NASDAQ: JIVE) is the leading provider of modern communication and collaboration solutions for business. Recognized as a leader by the industry's top analyst firms in multiple categories, Jive enables employees, partners and customers to work better together. More information can be found at www.jivesoftware.com.
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