SOURCE: Pertino


May 07, 2013 12:30 ET

Pertino Named a Red Herring 100 Finalist for Bringing SDN-Powered WANs to SMBs

Pertino's Network-as-a-Service Leverages SDN and Cloud Technologies to Enable SMBs to Build Secure, Cloud-Based Networks in Minutes Without Hardware

LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - Pertino, a company reinventing networking for the cloud era, today announced it had been selected as a finalist for Red Herring's Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year's most promising private technology ventures in North America. Pertino launched limited availability of its SDN-powered Cloud Network Engine in February. Since then, customers have built over 750 cloud networks using the service and the company secured a $20 million Series B round of venture funding.

Red Herring has been selecting the most exciting and promising start-ups and "scale ups" since 1995. Finalists are still evaluated individually from a large pool of hundreds of candidates based across North America.

"Red Herring has a proven track-record of recognizing technology innovators and Pertino is excited to be named as a finalist," said Craig Elliott, CEO of Pertino. "While much of the excitement around SDN and network virtualization has been focused on the datacenter, Pertino has combined the power of these technologies with the cloud scale and economics to deliver a new way to WAN that enables SMBs to create a secure, go-anywhere network in a few clicks that costs about thirty cents a day per user."

Red Herring's unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the company's actual track record and standing, which allows Red Herring to see past the "buzz" and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry.

"The finalists list confirms the excellent choices made by entrepreneurs and VCs and the start-ups' solid roots in corporate America, embracing their innovations. By all metrics, it emphasizes the United States' entrepreneurial excellence," said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring.

Elliott will be speaking at the Red Herring North America Forum in Monterey, Calif., May 21-23, 2013. The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony the evening of May 23 at the event.

About Pertino
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 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

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