The pioneer company in cloud networks, Alkyra, has opened this week its headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to conduct an international expansion campaign in the EMEA region. Alkira continues to hire teams in the UK, Germany, France, the Benelux, Nordic countries and Spain, while adding new partners to the channel.
The campaign is chaired by Senior Vice President International Paul Couturier, who has extensive experience in introducing innovative start-ups to Europe, as well as managing its international development programmes. Previously, Couturier was responsible for growing international sales for TippingPoint, Efficient Networks, Cyan, LightCyber and Palo Alto Networks.
Couturier said, “Distributor relationships are critical. Alkira markets cloud networking as a service. We help clients build a corporate cloud network that unifies their clouds, facilities, and users. This raises many questions for clients, who expect a consultative relationship. Our mission is to grow Alkira’s channel partners.”
Couturier anticipates strong interest from Managed Service Providers and Security Service Providers (MSPs and MSSPs) “who see cloud services as a key competitive differentiator in an increasingly demanding environment.”
Alkira’s Cloud Network as a Service (CNaaS) dramatically reduces the time it takes to provision a secure, low-latency cloud network. It simplifies the deployment and management of third-party firewalls, while also offering full visibility and governance for second-day operations.
Users of the service in the US include Warner Music Group, Koch Industries and automotive startup Tekion. Couturier reports an equally enthusiastic reception from customers in Europe.
“The network is always growing, expanding and needs to go faster. There is an urgent need for networks designed for the virtualized world of the cloud. CIOs are looking for full transparency, cost efficiency, provisioning in hours not weeks, and not just for a single cloud, but across multi-cloud and hybrid environments.”
As businesses migrate workloads from data centers to the cloud, they are under increasing pressure to simplify and streamline networks. “This becomes even more relevant as enterprises demand multi-cloud solutions,” said Couturier. Interest in cloud networking as a service is also fueled by component shortages that are delaying shipments of networking hardware, hampering IT transformation projects. “With the Alkira solution, there is no hardware or software to install. Customers can provision capacity where they need it in minutes,” he added.
According to Gartner, “The cloud networking software market will reach $5.3 billion in 2030, up from $2 billion in 2021, with private cloud being the largest but most difficult segment to enter.” One of the main drivers will be the desire to extend existing data center networks into the public cloud environment. “By 2025, 35% of companies using multiple public cloud providers will use a single network stack, a more than 10-fold increase from 2021.”
Alkira is the leader in cloud networking as a service. We unify multiple clouds, locations and users through a business network built entirely on the cloud. Our cloud exchange points automatically create this network and, when deployed in multiple locations, automatically connect to form a global fabric, all with the integration of best-in-class network and security services. The network is managed with the same controls, policies, and security that network administrators know, can scale instantly as needed, and is available as a service. There is no new hardware to deploy, no software to download, and no cloud architecture to learn. Alkira’s solution is trusted by Fortune 100 companies, leading system integrators and managed service providers globally. Learn more at alkira.com and follow us on @alkiranet.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.