DENVER, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtela, the world's largest independent managed network, security and cloud services company, today announced the world's broadest coverage for managed enterprise 3G/4G wireless network services, available in more than 70 countries across North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Virtela's Managed 3G/4G Wireless Network Service delivers the highest performance and resiliency for enterprise networking requirements, leveraging the company's unique global overlay network architecture that integrates the best local, regional and global service provider networks.
As businesses seek to improve both business agility and continuity, they need a variety of network options to be able to quickly connect or back up remote offices around the globe without sacrificing performance or uptime. Virtela's Managed 3G/4G Wireless Network Service gives enterprises another tool in their arsenal, allowing remote sites to connect securely and effectively to corporate resources with high speed wireless networks that can be activated in as quickly as 24 hours. This is a compelling solution for remote, mobile or temporary sites where wired network service options are not feasible.
According to a recent Gartner report, "3G cellular technology is a valuable addition to conventional WAN access technologies, and provides the most value in use cases involving rapid deployment, supporting temporary or hard-to-reach locations, and diversified backup requirements." (1)
Customers can leverage the Virtela Managed 3G/4G Wireless Network Service as primary connections or in conjunction with existing wired enterprise data networks for multiple layers of redundancy. Wireless service provides a strong alternative for backup connectivity, as it provides a physically diverse option in the event that a wired circuit path is compromised. Virtela's Managed 3G/4G Wireless Network Services are backed by the same unique global SLAs used across its entire portfolio of managed network services, covering key metrics such as installation, availability, Mean Time to Repair (MTTR), and billing accuracy.
"Having the option of Virtela's high-speed wireless service as an onramp to our enterprise network has been a lifesaver for quickly connecting remote branch offices and for locations with inferior last mile infrastructure," said Kirk Allen, director of information services for Shaklee Corporation. "Although our initial intent was to leverage 3G as a temporary solution, in some locations we've left it in place as a permanent connection due to its strong performance."
In addition to offering customers the greatest breadth of global 3G/4G wireless-based enterprise connectivity, Virtela delivers unparalleled end-to-end performance via its unique multi-carrier overlay network architecture. Customers of the Virtela Managed 3G/4G Wireless Network Service seamlessly connect via a single "hop" to the nearest Virtela Local Cloud Center (LCC), immediately benefiting from intelligent best-path routing and automatic failover within the Virtela Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC), giving them an inherently higher performing and more resilient service compared to traditional carrier networks.
When using Virtela wireless network services, customers gain additional benefit through leveraging Virtela as their single point of contact for expert design, implementation and 24x7 monitoring and management worldwide. Customers can also leverage the VirtelaView online portal for customized end-to-end visibility and control of their Virtela-managed solutions, including wireless network services. This is in contrast to the traditional enterprise approach of managing multiple individual carriers and having to interface with a variety of design, support and management resources.
"Empowering our global customers with secure, fast, and reliable network connectivity has always been a top priority, and our high-speed managed 3G/4G wireless network service continues this tradition of setting the industry pace for global reach and innovative services," said Virtela vice president of global access strategy, Andy Funk. "No other service provider offers as many network options, in as many places as close to the customer, with the same level of performance guarantee, as Virtela does today."
Virtela offers managed 3G/4G wireless network services to enterprise customers through integration of wireless services from multiple service provider partners worldwide. This offering creates new revenue streams for Virtela's wireless service provider partners. For information on participating in Virtela's Preferred Partner Program, visit http://www.virtela.net/partners.
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.
(1)Gartner, Inc., Using 3G Cellular as a WAN Access Technology, September 2010.