Frost & Sullivan recognises Interoute for Excellence in the Competitive Cloud Services Market
July 2016 by Marc Jacob
Based on its recent analysis of the cloud services market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Interoute with the 2016 award for Growth Excellence Leadership in Europe. Its cloud platform – Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) – underlines the company’s focus on developing service capabilities for enterprises. Interoute continues to expand its cloud portfolio by enabling programmatic network management and widening its network and data centre presence globally.
Interoute stands above its competitors by merit of its integrated network and platform technology that improves value for enterprise customers. As the owner-operator of a pan-European network, the company has built its cloud into its existing multiprotocol label switching virtual private network (MPLS VPN), thereby ensuring a predictable and secure cloud environment. Automation of the Interoute network, the easy-to-use Interoute VDC portal, and cloud application marketplace (CloudStore) all point to its commitment to this goal.
“Interoute has pursued both organic and inorganic methods to fuel its market growth. It has a strong channel ecosystem, encouraging partnerships of different types,” concludes Frost & Sullivan’s Shuba Ramkumar, Senior Research Analyst. “Technology providers or application developers can collaborate with Interoute to deliver their services on the CloudStore. System integrators can also partner with Interoute to make the most of the company’s enterprise ICT infrastructure portfolio.”
In 2015, Interoute acquired Easynet, a European-managed service provider, and expanded its customer base and service capability, especially in the UK.. Interoute also opened an Interoute Virtual Data Centre zone in Zurich, becoming the first global cloud provider to offer two resilient cloud zones in Switzerland, where the company already operates a facility in Geneva. Interoute also augmented its network capacity in Amsterdam by 21 percent and added a network Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Singapore; it has recently deployed a VDC zone here as well.
Interoute adopts a consultative approach, tailoring its portfolio of standardised products to suit each customer’s requirements. Its outstanding portfolio and service-oriented approach have won it global recognition, repeat business, and financial investors.
A key client benefiting from Interoute’s value proposition is the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The UEFA.com Web site and the UEFA Football Administration Management Environment (FAME) run on Interoute’s cloud. The client announced the extension of its ICT services contract with Interoute in 2015.
Interoute has earned considerable praise for leveraging its comprehensive portfolio of standardised products to create solutions. In its efforts to make network management simpler and more programmatic, it enables the addition and management of networks through a graphical interface on the Interoute VDC control centre. Its recently-launched ‘Network Map’ on the VDC control centre generates a colour-coded visual of the various networks connecting to an enterprise’s VDC architecture.
“When Interoute launched its cloud platform in 2012, it was widely considered a cloud offering from a network service provider,” noted Ramkumar. “Today, the company’s ability to successfully capture revenue and grow has compelled competitors and customers to change their perceptions about the company and acknowledge its impressive market strategies.”
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