Pertino Acquired by Cradlepoint



  • Dear Valued Customer,

    Just over three years ago we started Pertino with the lofty vision of reinventing wide-area networking for the cloud, mobile and IoT era. The impetus at the time was straightforward: if someone with limited systems experience could spin-up one or more compute instances in the cloud in just minutes, why couldn’t we do the same thing for WANs?

    As is often the case, building something truly disruptive is harder and takes longer than expected. But here we are today with hundreds of companies of all sizes using Pertino to “spin-up” virtual overlay networks across the Internet—connecting workforces, workloads and devices of all kinds spanning 90 countries with over 60 terabytes/month of traffic.

    We’re just getting started. We have ambitious plans to add virtualized, policy-based services that will extend the visibility, security and control of your Pertino networks end-to-end. Additionally, we aspire to extend our SDN-powered cloud platform to support new hybrid WAN, overlay networking and enterprise IoT use cases.

    The good news is that we’re not taking the next leg of our journey alone. I’m pleased to announce that Pertino has been acquired by Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered 4G LTE network solutions for SMB, enterprise and government organizations. Cradlepoint shares our vision for next generation enterprise WANs—simplified, software-defined, cloud-delivered and ready to handle the demands of cloud, mobility and IoT. One such demand will be the need for secure and reliable 4G LTE connections. With over 15,000 customers and 1.3 million units installed worldwide, including 50% of the Fortune 100, 75% of top retailers and 25 of the top U.S. city governments, Cradlepoint brings to Pertino a new level of scale and capabilities.

    So, what does this mean for you as a current or prospective customer of Pertino? Most importantly, the Pertino cloud networking service continues in full force. We are integrating our sales and support functions in early Q1 2016 to improve your engagement experience. And we’re putting the finishing touches on an exciting roadmap for 1H 2016. It includes new Pertino policy and security features and integrated solutions that will extend our Cloud Networking Engine platform with software-defined 4G LTE networking capabilities.

    Today is a new day for Pertino as we become Cradlepoint, but our journey to transform wide-area networking for the cloud, mobile and IoT era remains the same. If you're a current Pertino customer, thank you for trusting your networking to us and stay tuned for more exciting developments. If you haven’t checked us out in a while, start your 30-day free trial today and see what’s new.

    Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions you may have regarding today’s announcement. If you’re interested in learning more about Cradlepoint’s 4G LTE network solutions, just send us an email at [email protected].

    Regards,

    Craig Elliott
    Co-founder & CEO
    Pertino—now part of Cradlepoint



  • It almost sounds like the free option is going to go away since they are talking about a 30 day trial.



  • I had just woken up, seen the email and was headed over here to share the announcement 🙂

    We should tag @CraigElliott since he is a community member here.



  • I hope Cradlepoint holds the same vision as Pertino. I guess time will only tell. The mention of the 30 day trial isn't a good sign out of the gate.



  • @IRJ said:

    I hope Cradlepoint holds the same vision as Pertino. I guess time will only tell. The mention of the 30 day trial isn't a good sign out of the gate.

    They don't. They make good Cellular router gear, but nothing Ihave ever seen out of the company supports the open mindset of Pertino. But then Pertino was founded to be a startup that gets bought like most.



  • @IRJ said:

    I hope Cradlepoint holds the same vision as Pertino. I guess time will only tell. The mention of the 30 day trial isn't a good sign out of the gate.

    I expect a lot will change. Pertino has been a start up. Now they are past that phase. I'm sure this is why @Josh left there a few weeks ago. Lots of the people will be moving on. People who like doing start ups typically leave after acquisition.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @IRJ said:

    I hope Cradlepoint holds the same vision as Pertino. I guess time will only tell. The mention of the 30 day trial isn't a good sign out of the gate.

    I expect a lot will change. Pertino has been a start up. Now they are past that phase. I'm sure this is why @Josh left there a few weeks ago. Lots of the people will be moving on. People who like doing start ups typically leave after acquisition.

    One thing that surprised me about the email is it said they have hundreds of clients. I was expecting them to have quite a bit more than hundreds. I know quite a few Mangolassi users and Spiceworks users who are clients.



  • @IRJ said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @IRJ said:

    I hope Cradlepoint holds the same vision as Pertino. I guess time will only tell. The mention of the 30 day trial isn't a good sign out of the gate.

    I expect a lot will change. Pertino has been a start up. Now they are past that phase. I'm sure this is why @Josh left there a few weeks ago. Lots of the people will be moving on. People who like doing start ups typically leave after acquisition.

    One thing that surprised me about the email is it said they have hundreds of clients. I was expecting them to have quite a bit more than hundreds. I know quite a few Mangolassi users and Spiceworks users who are clients.

    Keep in mind that until just recently they were SW exclusive and there are only a few hundred active community members there. So their potential pool of customers was quite small. Most customers here are people who knew them from there.



  • It's amazing how few customers most niche IT companies actually have. The number of products with thousands or more users are very few indeed.


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