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Virtela's New CEO Brings Apps Expertise

Virtela Technology Services Inc. 's new CEO intends to leverage his experience in the applications realm to aggressively push Virtela into outsourced IT services and cloud computing. (See Virtela Names New CEO .)

B.V. Jagadeesh previously was president and CEO of NetScaler, an application delivery systems company that was acquired by Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), where he then was an executive in the Application Networking Group. Jagadeesh has previous tenure in the carrier world, having been a co-founder of Exodus Communications, an Internet hosting company and ISP that went bankrupt after the dotcom bust and was acquired by Cable & Wireless Communications . Jagadeesh had left Exodus to launch NetScaler.

He is taking over a company that had been known for delivering managed services from its 25 data centers globally over more than 500 different carrier networks. In 2010, Virtella expanded to 50 centers and enhanced those facilities -– it now calls them Local Cloud Centers -– to launch cloud-based services, starting with app acceleration and remote access.

"So now we are looking at how to leverage these local cloud centers so we can bring more intelligence into the network, so we can offer more value-added IT services -- acceleration, security, mobile apps -- making that network into an intelligent network, a smarter network and either delivering apps in more efficient network or making it more secure and making apps to run in a more secure way," Jagadeesh says.

Why this matters:
Virtela is joining the rush to the cloud, but is trying to do applications in a way that doesn't require the kind of network investments that carriers have to make, and instead focus its investments on the applications themselves. By bringing in more application expertise through Jagadeesh and the team he is hiring, the company intends to bring more cloud-based IT services to market more rapidly than network operator competitors.

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Here's a look at how Virtela's cloud strategy has rolled out thus far, and a look at all the cloud announcements from other service providers just this month:

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