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Alkira, Inc. – World's first unified on-demand multi-cloud providing revolutionary cloud network as a service

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Cloud adoption continues to accelerate. Organizations are increasingly transitioning business-critical applications from on-premise data centers to the public cloud and SaaS environments. In contrast, the network (and network services) has not made a similar transition or does it operates in true concert with the cloud. The network (and network services) is under ever-increasing pressure to provide an agile, high performing, and cost-effective solution to cloud business needs. In response to this rapid adoption of the cloud, compute, and storage has evolved beyond virtualization and automation to as-a-service offerings. Cloud architects and engineers are now focused on choosing the service attributes they want to consume, such as compute instances and storage volumes, rather than worry about implementation details. Complexity has been eliminated, and cloud computing has become a business enabler for computing and storage.

Alkira, Inc. is one such firm that has reinvented networking for the cloud by delivering the Alkira Cloud Services Exchange™. It is the first unified multi-cloud network with integrated services, visibility, and governance, all delivered as-a-service. Alkira was founded in 2018 by a computer networking team that created the multi-billion-dollar SD-WAN market. It is a multi-cloud network that can take you to and across clouds in minutes instead of months. The firm offers network where services, like firewalls, live and scale in the cloud. A network you draw instead of build. A network delivered as a service.

Revolutionary services offered by Alkira, Inc.

Global On-Demand Multi-Cloud Network: Alkira is the industry's only solution with single-click provisioning of the global multi-cloud network and network services. Cut provisioning time from months to minutes. Alkira Cloud Services Exchange™ (Alkira CSX) is the industry's first as-a-service unified multi-cloud network with integrated network services marketplace, visibility, and governance. It removes obstacles to the successful cloud and multi-cloud adoption. Leveraging a globally distributed virtual infrastructure of Alkira Cloud Exchange Points™ (virtual multi-cloud points of presence with full routing stack and network services capabilities), organizations can establish a global on-demand cloud and multi-cloud network connectivity.

On-Demand Network Services Marketplace: The firm leverages a globally distributed virtual infrastructure of Alkira Cloud Exchange Points™ (virtual multi-cloud points of presence with full routing stack and network services capabilities). Organizations can extend their security policy enforcement capabilities into the cloud with Palo Alto VM-Series Firewalls. Palo Alto VM-Series Firewalls can secure both communications from remote sites into the public clouds and the SaaS/Internet and the communication between multiple public cloud instances in the same public cloud or across multiple public clouds. With Alkira CSX, your multi-cloud network and Palo Alto VM-Series Firewall security are offered as-a-service, on-demand, when you need it.

Cloud Visibility and Governance: It is Industry's only solution with single-click provisioning of the entire global multi-cloud network and network services. Connect users and sites to public clouds and connect public clouds, while cutting provisioning time from months to minutes. Alkira Cloud Services Exchange Portal is a single web interface for designing, provisioning, and operating your entire multi-cloud network. The firm is leveraging industry-leading graphical visualization. Alkira solution offers insights into numerous critical visibility elements for applications, networks, and network services, allowing organizations to deploy not only global multi-cloud network and network services in minutes, but also achieve operational excellence.

The passionate leader behind the supremacy of Alkira, Inc.

Amir Khan is the Founder, President, and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Alkira, Inc. He is a computer networking visionary who founded and led Viptela's market-leading, cloud-first, Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) business before Cisco's acquisition. As prescient as he was in identifying the $8B opportunity for SD-WAN, Amir recognized that network hampered the cloud journey and founded Alkira in 2018 with Atif Khan to reinvent networking for the cloud era. Mr. Amir's vision is to deliver the cloud network as a utility. He has led Alkira's delivery of the industry's first on-demand, as-a-service, point and click, unified multi-cloud networking service that enables cloud architects to design, build, and deploy a global multi-cloud network in minutes. Alkira enables enterprises to implement 50% less firewall capacity, and reduce TCO by up to 40%. Before Viptela, Amir held leadership roles at Cisco, Juniper, and Nortel. He holds four patents.

Mr. Amir earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

"Our vision is nothing short of the complete reinvention of cloud networking. A vision of a multi-cloud network that behaves like the cloud and is consumed as-a-service like the cloud."