LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 27, 2013) - Pertino, a company reinventing networking for the cloud era, today announced that it has extended support for its Cloud Network Engine to Mac platforms as a public beta and to Linux platforms as a private beta. Now, businesses of any size can create secure, cloud-based networks in minutes that provide LAN-like connectivity to Windows, Mac and Linux machines from anywhere. Since Pertino launched earlier this year, over 1,000 customers have deployed business networks, and of the company's current user base, Mac was the most widely requested OS.
"Small and medium businesses are often the first to embrace societal and technological trends like BYOD and cloud computing," said Todd Krautkremer, Pertino's vice president of marketing. "This has resulted in a rapid rise of Mac and Linux platform adoption within previously Windows-exclusive IT environments. Pertino makes it easy to bring all of these platforms together into a single, secure and controlled virtual network that's cloud-based, so it goes wherever people work and servers are hosted."
From BYOD to flexible work policies to entirely virtual organizations and IT infrastructures, there is a continual shift in where and how people are conducting business. To keep pace with this evolution, SMB IT professionals need a new kind of network -- one that provides secure connectivity, visibility and control across locations, platforms and the cloud. Previously, only large enterprises with big IT staffs and budgets could deliver such capabilities; Pertino makes these benefits available and affordable to businesses of any size.
"As a photographer who shares large amounts of data with both my team and clients, I needed a reliable and flexible way to connect my machines. Before Pertino, I was using a cloud-based file-sharing service, but real-time collaboration was difficult, and storage costs were growing quickly. I considered a hardware VPN, but it proved too complex and costly," said Greg Davis, owner of Davis Digital Services. "We now use Pertino to access and share huge files from anywhere. The Mac version was the last piece of the puzzle for me -- I can now give file access to external users by simply adding them to my Pertino cloud network and remove them when I want. No need to be an IT expert."
The Demand for New Platforms
By 2014, Gartner predicts the consumerization of IT will drive IT to adopt Apple products the same way Microsoft is adopted today. The combination of younger generations entering the workforce and the increase of flexible work policies are driving opportunities for employees to dictate the types of technology used in the workplace. Businesses of all sizes are noticing this trend; in fact 52 percent of Pertino's current user base expressed interest in support for Mac, while 11 percent requested Linux.
The New Way to Network
Today, providing a single, onsite network that is secure and reliable, is relatively easy and affordable. However, once IT organizations need to connect employees and IT resources outside the office, networking becomes more challenging, hardware-intensive and expensive.
Pertino's Cloud Network Engine makes extending a business network outside the office even easier and more affordable than building the traditional network inside. Pertino combines the power and pervasiveness of the cloud with advanced network virtualization technology, enabling businesses of any size to connect their employees to the IT resources they need from anywhere using any device, for an identical experience to working in the office.
Availability, Plans and Pricing
After providing early beta access within the Spiceworks™ IT community, Pertino for Mac OS X is now available as a public beta. Linux support is also available now as a private beta. Other supported platforms currently available worldwide in limited availability are Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. Mobile device support is planned for late 2013.
Users of Pertino's hardware-free, cloud-based network service can get started in minutes with a free personal cloud network via the Personal plan. As needs grow, the Professional plan ranges from $1 to $3 per device depending on the size of network.
Founded in 2011, Pertino has an inspired vision for reinventing networking for the cloud era, and in the process, being a catalyst for democratizing IT for small-to-medium businesses. Globalization, cloud-enabled IT, and growing demand for always-connected people, devices, and things is affecting businesses of all sizes -- making the "outside network" as critical as the inside one. However, traditional wide-area networks have not kept pace. Pertino's revolutionary Cloud Network Engine enables any business to build a simple and secure cloud-based network that connects people and IT resources from anywhere on the planet. No new hardware. No expertise. No upfront investment. To achieve this breakthrough, Pertino has developed a software platform that combines the power and pervasiveness of the cloud with Software-defined Network (SDN) and network virtualization technology, and a social-inspired user management paradigm. The company is venture funded and headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif. For more information or to try Pertino for yourself, please visit pertino.com.