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Virtela Launches Secure Video Extranet Service

June 6, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Virtela_Logo_204x72.gifMulti-Carrier Network Optimizes Video Communications Between Partners Globally

DENVER, June 2, 2008 - Virtela, the global network solutions company, today announced Secure Video Extranet, a service that enables businesses to privately connect to video endpoints outside of their corporate perimeter to support telepresence and other videoconferencing applications with partners worldwide. With this service, Virtela resolves the network quality and security concerns associated with partners on different carriers' networks needing to visually connect, enhancing their overall experience while creating productivity increases inherent to video communications.

Virtela's Secure Video Extranet service overcomes the challenges typically associated with videoconferencing between partner communities, where endpoints often reside on different carriers and Internet peering to connect them adds jitter, latency and packet loss that can severely impact video quality. Virtela optimizes video calls between partners via a multi-carrier network that exchanges video traffic between locations while bypassing public and private peering points and their inherent performance issues. Virtela currently provides managed extranet services to many leading multinational corporations, and is applying that network and security expertise to video extranet requirements. By setting up and maintaining security policies between partners, for example, Virtela ensures security posture as trusted and untrusted environments become linked.

"Virtela has a long history of providing partner extranet services and we recognized the need for companies to connect with business partners through videoconferencing as a natural offshoot of our existing services," said John Powell, Virtela's vice president of global channels. "Our network was engineered from the start to handle demanding applications and deliver packets in sequence, which further optimizes video communications and enables us to provide stringent end-to-end performance guarantees specific to video traffic."

Virtela's Global Service Fabric (GSF) network is carrier- and vendor- neutral, allowing customers to take advantage of their existing infrastructure and access while implementing new solutions that improve cost savings and performance. The GSF employs Regional Policy Centers (RPCs) around the world that aggregate and integrate hundreds of networks, leveraging private connectivity between carriers. This architecture is optimal for corporate extranets, ensuring that businesses on disparate networks can connect via secure, high quality connection points critical to support bandwidth-intensive applications such as High Definition (HD) videoconferencing and telepresence solutions. Companies in merger and acquisition mode that need to assimilate new locations can also leverage Virtela's Secure Video Extranet service to enhance their business processes.

Unlike other solutions, Virtela's network approach is agnostic to the telepresence or HD video endpoint in use. Extranets of all leading vendor types are supported, although there are limitations with video equipment compatibility between telepresence vendors.

In addition, other providers offering similar services typically operate on a much smaller geographic scale, connecting to other network providers at less than a handful of network access points. This can add significant latency to the videoconference, since traffic must get to one of these access points that can be located halfway around the world from where the conference endpoints reside.

Virtela also connects to bridging and gateway partners, providing those capabilities as a network-based service offered on demand for customers.

Virtela will have further information available at the InfoComm show, June 18-20, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center , Virtela booth # C2735. The company will also be presenting at an InfoComm session entitled: IT and Collaborative Conferencing for the AV Professional, on June 19 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.

About Virtela

Virtela Communications Inc. delivers award-winning network and security solutions to many of the world's largest and fastest-growing multinational companies. Currently serving customers across six continents, Virtela's network reach spans more than 190 countries. Virtela's unique Global Service FabricSM offers the foundation for delivering critical applications via the company's acclaimed service methodology, with a services suite that includes MPLS- and IP-based virtual private networks (VPNs), security services, remote monitoring and management of WAN/LAN infrastructure, and converged services (data, video, voice).

Virtela is headquartered in Denver , Colorado , with redundant Network Operations Centers in Mumbai , India and Manila , Philippines . Virtela is a member of Juniper Networks' (Nasdaq: JNPR) Managed Network Solutions Preferred Alliance Program.For more information, please call +1 (720) 475-4000 or visit

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