Press Release: PowerCloud Systems Scales Executive Management Team

PowerCloud continues to transform the networking industry with our vision of Networking as a Service (NaaS).  As we take our business to the next level, we’re thrilled to announce additions to our executive team.

PowerCloud Systems Scales Executive Management Team

Company Positions Itself for Rapid Growth as It Prepares to Bring Networking as a Service to Millions

Palo Alto, Calif., April 18, 2012PowerCloud™ Systems, the leading online software platform provider for enabling Networking as a Service (NaaS), today announces it has expanded its executive management team as it prepares to bring to market its next-generation NaaS solutions to millions of global users.

Key Facts

  • PowerCloud Systems has assembled a world-class team of industry veterans and business leaders to scale its operations globally and bring its NaaS solutions to millions of users.
  • PowerCloud’s CloudCommand software platform delivers cloud-management functionality to networking devices, and the company has brought to market multiple NaaS-based solutions through OEM partnerships and distribution agreements.  CloudCommand-based NaaS solutions combine affordable hardware, simple setup, remote management and a portfolio of business-grade networking features.
  • The new executive team members build on PowerCloud’s success to date and will lead efforts to rapidly grow the company across all corporate divisions, including engineering, business development and operations.
  • New additions include an accomplished SaaS technology leader, a veteran financial officer and several company advisors – all with strong records of bringing emerging-growth companies to the next level of success.
  • New Vice President of Engineering & Operations Seetharaman “Mani” Ramasubramani is an accomplished technology executive in the SaaS and mobile-data industries.  As VP of engineering at Synchronoss Technologies and SVP at FusionOne (which Synchronoss acquired), his team built highly scalable synchronization and backup solutions in a SaaS and in-carrier model that serve a global user base of 100+ million.  Previously, Mani advanced from being the first employee at Phone.com to running a global engineering operation by the time the company became Openwave Systems.
  • Chief Financial Officer Paul Denton provides two decades of strategic-leadership experience as an executive at numerous emerging-growth technology companies.  In 2011, he was part of the executive team that successfully sold Zvents to eBay-owned StubHub.  He has held CFO and executive management roles at OpenDNS, FusionOne, Determina, Andale and Zembu.
  • Joining PowerCloud’s board of advisors is David Nalley and Keith Newman.  Nalley, an influential channel executive, is the former vice president and general manager of Ingram Micro’s direct, corporate and consumer markets division.  Newman is a partner marketing expert whose executive roles include president of IDG’s Services Group.
  • With the scaling of the CloudCommand platform and the executive additions, PowerCloud Co-Founder Andrea Peiro assumes the new role of chief technology and product officer, where he will continue to drive the vision and productization of the NaaS platform.

 Comment

“Networking as a Service represents a technology and business-model innovation that will fundamentally change the networking industry,” said PowerCloud Systems CEO Jeff Abramowitz.  “PowerCloud is the partner of choice for vendors driving the new paradigm, and our executive team brings the experience and vision necessary to scale globally.”

Press Release: PowerCloud Secures $6 Million in Series B Funding Led by Qualcomm

 We’re pleased to announce our Series B funding with new lead investor Qualcomm (QCOM) through its investment arm, Qualcomm Ventures.  All existing investors participated as well.

Qualcomm, the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies, has built its reputation by repeatedly identifying and investing in next-generation technologies poised to transform the mobile industry.

Today’s announcement validates that Networking as a Service (NaaS) is poised to transform the networking sector and that PowerCloud is a market leader in the space.

PowerCloud Systems Secures $6 Million in
Series B Funding Led by Qualcomm

Funding Fuels Growth of Networking as a Service (NaaS) Platform
for OEMs and Service Providers

Palo Alto, Calif., December 14, 2011 – PowerCloud™ Systems, the leading software platform provider for enabling Networking as a Service (NaaS), today announces $6 million in Series B financing. The round was led by Qualcomm via its venture investment arm, Qualcomm Ventures.  PowerCloud Systems’ existing investors – Walden Venture Capital, Javelin Venture Partners and PARC – all participated in the round.

Key Facts

  • PowerCloud Systems will use the funds to enhance the capabilities of its patented CloudCommand™ online software platform and to expand the company’s sales efforts worldwide.
  • The CloudCommand platform enables networking OEMs and service providers to integrate cloud capabilities with their networking equipment and to deliver NaaS-based solutions for SMBs.
  • Qualcomm Ventures focuses on early-stage technology companies with disruptive technologies that can transform the global wireless ecosystem.  PowerCloud Systems is enabling an industry shift to NaaS by applying cloud technologies to wireless and wired networking infrastructure.
  • PowerCloud Systems is the industry’s leading NaaS platform provider, and in 2011 it delivered CloudCommand solutions to products developed by D-Link, ZyXEL, Ubiquiti Networks, Amer Networks and Arada Systems while additionally securing technology partnerships with Qualcomm Atheros and others.
  • Powerfully Simple Networking™ solutions powered by CloudCommand are customized by each partner and deliver compelling features such as multi-customer remote administration, hardware self-configuration, multi-location coverage, customizable hotspot functionality, enhanced device security, real-time monitoring and performance reporting.
  • PowerCloud Systems is a spin-out from PARC, a premier center for innovation, and the technology underpinning the CloudCommand platform is supported by intellectual property developed at PARC, including 10 patents in areas ranging from cloud-virtualized network controllers to usable security.
  • CloudCommand’s initial implementations support Wi-Fi networking, and in 2012 the company will expand into additional networking categories while continuing to develop innovative cloud features.

Comments

Quinn Li, Senior Director of Qualcomm Ventures

“Qualcomm Ventures is focused on funding transformative business opportunities,” said Quinn Li, senior director of Qualcomm Ventures.  “PowerCloud’s technology platform enables powerfully simple networking-as-a-service solutions that can redefine the small-business networking market. PowerCloud’s innovative business model is compelling for both vendor and channel partners, and we’re excited to help propel its growth.”

Jeff Abramowitz, Founder and CEO of PowerCloud Systems

“PowerCloud is extremely pleased to add Qualcomm Ventures to our board,” said Jeff Abramowitz, president and CEO of PowerCloud Systems.  “Qualcomm has a tremendous track record in boosting the business growth of companies with broad enabling technologies.  We have a backlog of opportunities, and we are now poised to accelerate our market leadership.”

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Press Release: ZyXEL Launches the NWA1100N-CE Cloud-Managed Access Point

ZyXEL today announces the immediate availability of the newest CloudCommand-powered networking device to come to market, the NWA1100N-CE Access Point.

It’s a great milestone for PowerCloud Systems as yet another OEM leverages CloudCommand to deliver breakthrough networking solutions that combine business-grade networking features with unprecedented affordability.   ZyXEL focuses its business on SMBs and the MSPs that support them, and the NWA1100N-CE is designed to meet their specific needs and budgets.

ZyXEL Announces Availability of the NWA1100N-CE Cloud-Managed Access Point, Offers Free Device With Cloud-Management Service Purchase

Enterprise-Grade Wireless-N Access Point Enables Affordable Cloud-Management Option for SMBs, Plus Recurring Revenue Opportunities for Solution Providers

ANAHEIM, CA – Nov 01, 2011 – ZyXEL Communications Inc., a leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet connectivity and routing products, today announced the availability of its cloud-enabled access point, NWA1100N-CE, and an exclusive promotion with PC Connection.

Customers who purchase a three-year cloud-management service for $299 at PC Connection will receive the NWA1100N-CE at no additional cost. The NWA1100N-CE is the first access point to offer the dual-management option of being controlled either via via local user interface or remotely through cloud services. ZyXEL also offers all NWA1100N-CE customers a free one-month trial of the cloud-management service.

“The NWA1100N-CE provides small and mid-sized businesses the perfect blend of business-class wireless hardware with the convenience of cloud-management capabilities,” said Steven Joe, executive vice president of channel business for Americas at ZyXEL.

According to AMI Partners, SMBs will spend nearly $100 billion by 2014 on cloud computing. The cloud offers SMBs numerous benefits, including: pooled resources for lower cost per user; on-demand access to services; the ability to centralize and simplify management; and constant access to resources. The NWA1100N-CE offers these cloud-management advantages at an attractive price point.

In addition, the solution offers recurring revenue opportunities for managed services providers (MSPs) that serve the SMB market. The NWA1100N-CE empowers MSPs to efficiently administer multiple customers’ Wi-Fi networks remotely and in real time, thereby improving their efficiency, while expanding their managed services to include Wi-Fi.

The NWA1100N-CE leverages PowerCloud Systems’ patented CloudCommand™ technology. Designed to meet the specific needs and budgets of the SMB market, CloudCommand delivers comprehensive cloud capabilities to networking devices and provides the NWA1100N-CE with enterprise-level features and management functionality — for a fraction of the cost of a traditional enterprise solution. ZyXEL’s cloud service offers businesses and MSPs several enhancements including the ability to:

  • Create a single virtual wireless network across multiple different locations. Employees can access a network at any location without changing client setting. Companies can enforce uniform access rules and policies for their entire business from a single point.
  • Deploy networks in minutes using automatic self-configuration features, and easily expand their wireless network as their business grows.
  • Remotely manage multiple networks in real-time from anywhere via a browser-based, easy-to-read dashboard. Administrators can perform all management activities remotely, upgrade all APs with a single click and receive real-time alerts to emails and cell phones, simplifying operations for businesses and MSPs.
  • Deliver enhanced network security and management with patented, two-factor Individual Device Authentication (IDA™) that empowers administrators to identify and secure connecting devices individually. With IDA, administrators can add or remove individual users from a network without disrupting network settings.

Press Release: Amer Announces World’s First Complete Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi Portfolio Tailored to Education Market

Affordable, Easy-to-Manage Wi-Fi Solution Provides Indoor, Outdoor and Extended-Range Options to Schools of All Sizes

TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2011 — Amer Networks, a manufacturer and global distributor of networking, storage and security products, today extends the world’s first cloud-managed Wi-Fi solution designed specifically to meet the connectivity, budgetary, and ease-of-use needs of the education market to include outdoor and extended-range Wi-Fi products.

Amer Networks delivers affordable, business-grade indoor Wi-Fi solutions to school districts and schools throughout North America.  By adding outdoor and extended-range access points to its product portfolio, it now provides complete district- and campus-wide connectivity across indoor classrooms, outdoor playgrounds, public-access sites, sporting fields and all other areas.

CloudCommand™, a customizable online-software platform from PowerCloud™ Systems, powers Amer Networks’ portfolio.  The CloudCommand platform enables solutions that are simple to configure and deploy, remotely manageable, capable of being monitored in real time and able to deliver enhanced security.

Key Facts

  • Amer Networks provides the world’s first complete portfolio of cloud-managed access points to support the indoor, outdoor and extended-range connectivity needs of the education market.
  • The Amer Networks’ portfolio is ideal for K-12 school districts that require reliable Wi-Fi across multiple spaces and features such as enhanced security, event reporting and a secure hotspot.
  • The portfolio expansion builds on the early success of Amer Networks’ cloud-managed indoor access point, which since its launch in 2Q 2011 has become the most successful product in the company’s 15-year history.
  • The Amer Networks’ portfolio leverages CloudCommand, a customizable online software platform developed by PowerCloud Systems that provides comprehensive cloud capabilities.  CloudCommand-powered networks deliver enterprise-class management features but are simple to deploy and easy to administer.
  • Amer Networks’ simple and affordable offering works equally well for cost-conscious businesses seeking managed Wi-Fi solutions, particularly in the retail, hospitality and health care markets.

Key Benefits of Amer Networks Solutions Powered by CloudCommand

  • Deploy and manage complete indoor and outdoor business-grade Wi-Fi networks using a single solution.
    Deploy multiple, self-configuring access points in minutes.
  • Concurrently and remotely configure and manage all access points via a simple browser with no additional hardware.
  • Operate a primary network for staff and teachers and a separate student hotspot network that has customizable usage limits, login screens and auto-scheduling functionality.
  • Automatically secure connecting laptops and other devices with patented Individual Device Authentication (IDA™), a two-factor authentication process.
  • Allow connected users to securely roam across buildings or networks.
  • Respond quickly to real-time alerts about network issues.
  • Monitor network usage, generate reports and review statistics.

Comments

Wai Lee, CEO of Amer Networks:

“By expanding our cloud-managed wireless portfolio, Amer Networks demonstrates its commitment to providing campus-wide wireless connectivity and network management to K-12 schools and school districts of every shape and size.  We recognize that digital learning is a critical component of today’s classroom and we offer the best solution on the market for delivering Wi-Fi that is secure, affordable and specifically designed for the school environment.”

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First Large-Scale Wi-Fi Deployment Leveraging CloudCommand’s Patented Security Delivers Classroom Connectivity and Network Management to New England School District

Breakthrough Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi Solution Brings Security, Reliability and Affordability to Laconia, NH, Schools

Toronto, Canada and Palo Alto, Calif., September 30, 2011 – Amer Networks, a manufacturer and global distributor of networking, storage and security products, and PowerCloud™ Systems, the leading software platform provider for cloud-managed networking services, today announce that the Laconia School District in Laconia, New Hampshire, has upgraded its wireless network to Amer’s cloud-managed 802.11n wireless solution powered by CloudCommand™.

The new network delivers secure Wi-Fi to Laconia’s entire public-school system and signals the district’s commitment to delivering a 21st century learning environment to its 2,000 students.  The installation additionally demonstrates how Amer’s solution – which combines enterprise-type security and management features with unprecedented affordability – continues to set the standard for powerful, cost-efficient Wi-Fi in the K-12 market.

Key Facts

  • Laconia School District has completed a 76-unit installation of Amer’s cloud-managed Wi-Fi, the WAP223NC access point, into the district’s six schools and superintendent building.  It supports up to 2,500 staff, students and visitors who can access the Internet and private intranet from classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, gymnasiums, preschool and adult learning centers, daycare facilities and administrative offices.
  • The WAP223NC provides extensive coverage, automatic configuration, business-grade features, remote-management capability, multi-site roaming and hotspot functionality.  It is the only Wi-Fi access point designed specifically for the education market and is powered by CloudCommand, a networking platform developed by PowerCloud Systems that radically reduces customers’ total cost of ownership.
  • Laconia’s IT administrators apply the network’s highest security setting – called Individual Device Authentication (IDA) – to restrict connectivity to authorized mobile devices.  The patented IDA offers two-factor security and enables administrators to individually identify and secure hundreds of devices.
  • The district deployed each of Amer’s self-configuring access points in minutes, making setup a simple and quick process which a single IT administrator accomplished in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.
  • Once the network went live, teachers immediately reported the positive impact it had on classroom instruction, particularly in the preschool and elementary schools, where usage is highest.  In the elementary schools, more than 150 laptops travel daily between classrooms on computer carts and require reliable Wi-Fi at all times.  Most elementary students have frequent access to iPads and netbooks.
  • Amer’s network replaces a collection of independent access points, including Apple’s AirPort Extreme, Cisco 4410 access points and various Linksys models.  The old infrastructure failed to meet the district’s security and monitoring requirements and was unable to keep pace with the proliferation of wireless devices accessing them.
  • Amer’s solution was selected over competitive offerings from Aruba and Aerohive due to its combination of business-grade management features and unbeatable pricing.
  • The network provides visitor hotspot functionality, which Laconia leverages to support events such as evening lectures, conferences, adult education classes and sports activities.  An innovative “front desk” interface allows assistant administrators to manually adjust a user’s connectivity privileges without disrupting the network.
  • Remote-management functionality through the cloud enables three IT administrators to manage the network from anywhere.  In real time, they track network usage, troubleshoot problems and monitor connected devices by location and activity levels.

Comments

Jeff Twombly, Laconia School District IT director:
“Amer’s cloud-based solution amazed us with how simple and fast it was to deploy and make operational.  It provides everything a mid-sized school district needs and more – from self-configuring setup to real-time alerts and convenient remote management.  The Amer solution exceeds our requirements and costs less than half of comparable solutions.  It’s the ideal solution for school-based Wi-Fi.”

Wai Lee, CEO of Amer Networks:
“The Laconia School District leads the way when it comes to preparing students for long-term success.  By installing the right technology infrastructure in its schools, it has enhanced teacher instruction and improved the overall learning environment.  We specifically designed our cloud-managed Wi-Fi solution for districts like Laconia, and we’re thrilled with their success.” 

Our CloudCommand technology enables our partner, Amer Networks, to bring cloud-based Wi-Fi networking to school districts throughout North America.

To learn more about Partnering with us, visit our website.

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D-Link Expands Its Product Portfolio of CloudCommand-Powered Networking Solutions

D-Link, the worldwide leader in delivering networking connectivity to SMB/SMEs, continues to take the lead in moving its customers into the cloud.

Today, the company released its latest CloudCommand-powered networking device.

With the launch of the new DAP-2565, D-Link becomes the world’s first OEM to offer a complete portfolio of indoor, outdoor and plenum-rated cloud-managed access points to SMB/SME customers.

All three leverage the CloudCommand platform and deliver to SMB/SMEs an unbeatable combination of:

  • Business-grade features
  • Consumer usability
  • Affordability

Also, the three products can be managed simultaneously from the same user-friendly CloudCommand dashboard – a key advantage that highlights the platform’s ease of use.

Today’s milestone underscores the industry’s rapid march toward cloud-managed networking solutions and a model of Networking as a Service (Naas).  Over the next several months, many vendors will add a portfolio of cloud-managed networking products to their lineups and many will do so by leveraging CloudCommand.

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Press Release: Delivering Cloud-Based Wi-Fi with Robust Functionality and Unprecedented Affordability to an Entire School District

    

    

Amer Networks’ Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi Combines Robust Functionality and Unprecedented Affordability to Deliver Mobile-Device Connectivity to Boaz City Schools

Breakthrough Wi-Fi Solution Makes Digital Classrooms a Reality
in Northeastern Alabama School District

Toronto, Canada and Palo Alto, Calif., July 28, 2011 – Amer Networks, a manufacturer and global distributor of networking, storage and security products, and PowerCloud™ Systems, the leading software platform provider for cloud-managed networking services, today announce that the Boaz City School District in Boaz, AL, has upgraded its wireless network to Amer’s cloud-managed 802.11n wireless solution powered by CloudCommand™.

The multi-site installation demonstrates the district’s commitment to delivering digital classrooms and a 21st century learning environment to its 2,500 public-school students as well as Amer’s ability to provide an affordable Wi-Fi networking solution designed to meet the specific needs of the education market.

Key Facts

    • Boaz City School District is completing a 100-unit installation of Amer’s cloud-managed Wi-Fi networking solution, the WAP223NC access point, which delivers 802.11n coverage, business-grade features, remote-management capability and hotspot functionality to all five city schools and two administrative offices.
    • The Wi-Fi network will serve nearly 3,000 students, staff and visitors who can access the Internet from classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, gymnasiums, common areas, staff offices and even school parking lots.  Remote-management capabilities from the cloud enable a single IT administrator to manage all seven locations in real time, reducing network down time and eliminating most service calls.
    • Amer’s WAP223NC is the only Wi-Fi access point designed specifically for the education market and it is powered by CloudCommand, a cloud-managed networking platform developed by PowerCloud Systems that radically reduces customers’ total cost of ownership by managing networking equipment through the cloud.
    • With CloudCommand, Boaz education officials gain features such as: full-campus coverage; remote management; enhanced security with Individual Device Authentication (IDA); the ability to establish a single network across multiple locations; SMS alerting; and hotspot functionality that enables administrators to moderate network usage on a per-student basis.
    • Prior to Amer’s installation, each school operated an independent Wi-Fi network using Linksys and Apple hardware that was unable to handle the surging demand for wireless connectivity.  Officials note that many students bring two or more mobile devices to school each day and all network users expect fast, uninterrupted connectivity.  The district is committed to delivering a 21st century digital learning environment and considers secure Wi-Fi connectivity a top priority.
    • Amer’s solution costs a fraction of competitive alternatives.  The total cost for the Amer access points and cloud-based services for all seven district locations was considerably less than an established competitor’s quote to install Wi-Fi in just two locations.

Comments

Wayne Caudle, Boaz City School District IT director:
“We prepare students for success in the 21st century and that requires a digital-classroom environment with great Wi-Fi connectivity as its foundation.  Our high school students bring laptops to class and many use smartphones and even tablets on campus.  Robust connectivity is a must-have, and Amer Network delivers a Wi-Fi solution that can manage this increasing demand.”

“Amer’s cloud-based solution exceeded our operational requirements from Day One.  Students and staff effortlessly connected across campuses and between buildings.  Teachers can immediately start expanding their lesson plans to make technology a more integral part to their classroom instruction.  Features such as enhanced security and network monitoring enable us to provide an online environment that is safe, controlled and powerful.” 

Wai Lee, CEO of Amer Networks:
“The Boaz City School District understands the critical role technology should play in educating today’s students.  We are thrilled to help advance their education goals by providing a cloud-managed Wi-Fi solution that meets their needs and budget.”  

CloudCommand technology is what enables our partner, Amer Networks, to deliver a cloud-based Wi-Fi solution that combines great features with such remarkable affordability.

Simply put, no other networking solution on the market can deliver this kind of value.

Visit the Amer/CloudCommand Microsite to learn how one partner leverages our cloud-managed networking technology.

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