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Green Cloud Named the Best Cloud Hosting Provider

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GREENVILLE, SC (April 19, 2017) – Green Cloud Technologies (“Green Cloud”), a 100% channel only, Cisco-Powered cloud provider, was recently named the Best Cloud Hosting Provider by The Cloud Awards program. Celebrating the brightest and the best in Cloud Computing, The Cloud Awards are the first and largest recognition platform of its kind for companies across the globe.

Green Cloud Technologies was founded in 2011, and today is the largest independent channel-only cloud IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) provider in the country. Experiencing a 5-year growth rate in excess of 6,700% since it was founded six years ago by Greenville-based telecom veterans, Green Cloud helps channel partners bring their customers to the cloud with turn-key, cloud-based infrastructure solutions, and world-class data center facilities built on industry-leading platforms such as Cisco, VMware, and Tintri.

Green Cloud offers an innovative portfolio of virtual server, backup, and recovery solutions that define the future of data protection, and following the acquisition of Atlanta-based Cirrity in Feb 2017, today Green Cloud has 65 employees and over 500 partners that resell its infrastructure.

In 2016, Green Cloud was ranked 73rd on Inc. Magazine’s 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-Growing private companies. Green Cloud also received recognition in 2015 as the #1 SC Fastest Growing Company, an annual competition of the 25 most dynamic and successful companies in South Carolina.

Green Cloud Technologies Acquires Cloud Services Provider Cirrity

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Acquisition Boosts Green Cloud’s Capacity and Enhances Security and Compliance 

 for the Cisco-Powered Cloud Provider

GREENVILLE, SC (Feb 1, 2017) – Green Cloud Technologies (“Green Cloud”), a 100% channel only, Cisco-Powered cloud provider, has closed on the acquisition of Atlanta-based Cirrity, a channel-only cloud solutions provider. Debt and equity financing was provided by Green Cloud’s existing investors, and the transaction is immediately accretive for the Greenville, SC-based company, giving their entire partner network more capacity, security and redundancy for cloud solutions.

Green Cloud provides custom wholesale and white label cloud solutions to a network of 400 reseller partners, and the acquisition expands Green Cloud’s capacity and data center presence, particularly on the west coast, while adding core expertise around security and compliance services.

In addition to the expanded security and compliance portfolio, Green Cloud partners will directly benefit from the addition of Cirrity’s data centers in Atlanta, GA and Phoenix, AZ, which meet top industry security standards and certifications, including PCI and ISO 27001.

According to Shay Houser, Founder and CEO of Green Cloud, “This important acquisition creates new opportunities for security and compliance solutions that complement our products in the healthcare and financial vertical markets. Cirrity’s “channel-only” strategy fits lockstep with our go to market strategy and, combined, we believe we are now the largest independent channel-only cloud IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) provider in the country.”

Green Cloud Technologies was founded in 2011 by Houser and several C-level telecom veterans who have worked tirelessly to strengthen the company’s expansive suite of Cisco Powered, cloud-based products, services, and support. In 2016, Green Cloud was ranked 73rd on Inc. Magazine’s 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-Growing private companies. Green Cloud also received recognition in 2015 as the #1 SC Fastest Growing Company, an annual competition of the 25 most dynamic and successful companies in South Carolina.

“Cirrity is excited about joining proven success from the strong leadership team at Green Cloud, which has visionary telecom and cloud technology veterans committed to bringing the best and most secure cloud solutions to customers,” said Dan Timko, Cirrity’s former President, and now Green Cloud’s CIO. “Like Green Cloud, we built our business on strong vendor and partner relationships and together, we are driven by a commitment to bring the best cloud solutions offered today.”

 

Green Cloud Technologies Grows Its Plant-a-Tree Initiative

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Technology provider expands program to purchase trees for reforestation projects

Greenville, SC – November 7, 2016 – Green Cloud Technologies, an employee-owned, cloud solutions provider (CSP) based in Greenville, SC, has achieved a major milestone in its “Plant-a-Tree” environmental initiative by planting more than 5,000 trees in less than three years.

Green Cloud Technologies—Business Black Box’s 2015 Green Award winner, and ranked #73 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing small businesses in the US—is dedicated to environmental sustainability by reducing the company’s carbon footprint. In partnership with Carbonfund.org, Green Cloud plants a tree for each of their customers during each quarter of the business year.

Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree Partner program helps companies offset their environmental impact by encouraging them to calculate their carbon footprint, and then participate in Carbonfund.org’s third-party certified projects for forest preservation and improving local environments.

Launched on Earth Day in 2014, Green Cloud’s Plant-a-Tree Initiative planted 1,490 trees in its first year. In 2015, Green Cloud planted 1,896 trees, a nearly 28% increase. For 2016, the company has now planted more than 5,000 trees, a remarkable accomplishment tied directly to Green Cloud’s rapid growth in the industry.

The idea to join this effort came from one of Green Cloud’s team members, Kyle Simpson. “Our Plant-A-Tree Initiative is a great example of applying a simple idea to a worthy cause,” Kyle says, “It’s exciting to think that we’ve already planted over 5,000 trees, but it’s even more exciting to think about how our positive impact on the environment will continue to grow with Green Cloud. This is just one of the many reasons why I’m proud to work at such a great company.”

“As Green Cloud continues to grow at a rapid pace, our commitment to reducing the impact of our growth remains at the forefront of our efforts,” says Green Cloud CEO, Shay Houser, “We’re thrilled to benefit from all the hard work and dedication of our team, but we also feel a responsibility to limit any negative impact that our success may have on the environment. We’re called Green Cloud because we firmly believe in a future of sustainable technology and progress that coexists with the natural world.”

Green Cloud Offers Free Services for Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

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Greenville, SC – October 10, 2016 – Green Cloud Technologies, a Greenville, SC-based channel-only cloud technology solutions provider, is offering disaster relief for its reseller partners and their customers with businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

When disaster strikes, many organizations not only suffer physical damage, but also lose their valuable data because their on-premise computers and servers are destroyed. Such a loss can hinder recovery efforts as the victims work to restore business operations. One way to mitigate the damage is through a disaster recovery backup solution hosted in the virtual cloud.

To help companies cope with the potential disaster that Hurricane Matthew could leave in its path, Green Cloud is offering one free month of virtual hosting to new customers signed up via its network of reseller partners. This offer enables those companies and organizations to migrate their business data to a cloud-based virtual environment and ensure continuity of their operations.

“We hope this relief program helps ease some of the cost and headache for our friends along the East Coast should they need rebuild their businesses,” says Green Cloud CEO, Shay Houser.

The disaster recovery promotion is limited to four virtual machines per customer and sign-up runs through the end of October. Customers who choose to continue the service will be billed after the 30-day period is over, and they may cancel at any time.

Green Cloud Technologies Offers Flood Relief to Louisiana Companies

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Greenville, SC – August 26, 2016 – Green Cloud Technologies, a Greenville, SC-based channel-only cloud technology solutions provider, is offering disaster relief for its partners and customers and their businesses in the Baton Rouge area.

When disaster strikes, many organizations not only suffer physical damage, but also lose their valuable data because their on-premise computers and servers are destroyed. Such a loss can hinder recovery efforts as the victims work to restore business operations. One way to mitigate the damage is through a disaster recovery backup solution hosted in the virtual cloud.

To help companies cope with the catastrophic floods that struck Louisiana in August, Green Cloud is offering three free months of virtual hosting to new customers. This enables those companies to migrate their business data a cloud-based virtual environment and ensure continuity of operations.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of this awful disaster,” says Green Cloud CEO, Shay Houser, “We hope this offer helps ease some of the cost and headache for our friends in Louisiana as they rebuild their businesses and their lives.”

This disaster recovery promotion is limited to four machines per customer and sign-up runs through the end of September. Customers who choose to continue the service will be billed after the three-month period is over, and they may cancel at any time.

Green Cloud Launches New Data Center in Houston, TX

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Greenville, SC – August 24, 2016 –Green Cloud Technologies, a channel-only Cloud technology solutions provider, announces an expansion of its data center operations with a new data center in Houston, Texas. Green Cloud chose this location due to high demand from its network of value-added reseller (VAR) and managed service provider (MSP) partners, and their customers in Texas and the Gulf Coast region.

The Houston data center is the fourth such innovative facility in Green Cloud’s portfolio. Other data center locations include Akron, OH, Nashville, TN, and Greenville, SC.

“We’ve seen huge demand from our VARs and MSPs in Texas,” said Green Cloud CEO, Shay Houser. “Selecting Houston as our next data center expansion allows us to service those partners and their customers with a more localized service, while also providing redundancy for our data centers in the eastern US.”

Recognized as 73rd on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and SC’s fastest-growing company, Green Cloud Technologies provides custom cloud solutions to an exclusive network of reseller partners. By relying on channel-only distribution, Green Cloud can focus on partner enablement without competing for end-user business. The company’s expansive suite of Cisco Powered, cloud-based products, services, and support are scalable to applications of any size—from SMBs to enterprise-class organizations.

 

Green Cloud Technologies Ranks No. 73 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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Greenville, SC – August 17, 2016 – Green Cloud Technologies, a Greenville, SC-based channel-only cloud technology solutions provider, was ranked 73rd on Inc. Magazine’s 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

The Inc. 5000 list represents the most successful independent small businesses within the US economy. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period.

By comparison, Green Cloud Technologies’ revenue numbers increased nearly 4,000% over the three-year period examined by Inc. Media in compiling this list.

“We’re really proud to have not only earned this incredible honor, but also to have placed so high on the list,” said Green Cloud CEO, Shay Houser. “I attribute our success to our network of partners, who are driving tremendous revenue in an exciting and growing technology, as well as to the hard work of our team here at Green Cloud. Each Green Cloud employee is a shareholder in the company and that creates a tremendous sense of commitment and pride in everything we do.”

The 2016 Inc. 5000 list was unveiled August 17 at Inc.com. The top 500 companies on the list—including Green Cloud Technologies—will be featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, available on newsstands August 23. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great—usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

Green Cloud Technologies provides custom cloud solutions to an exclusive network of reseller partners. By relying on channel-only distribution, Green Cloud can focus on partner enablement without competing for end-user business. The company’s expansive suite of Cisco Powered, cloud-based products, services, and support are scalable to applications of any size—from SMBs to enterprise-class organizations.

Green Cloud Wraps Up $7.5mm Financing Package

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Greenville, SC – August 1, 2016 –Green Cloud Technologies, a channel only Cloud technology solutions provider, has announced the closing of $7.5mm of new financing.  The package consists of a $5 million senior line of credit with Bridge Bank and $2.5mm of additional equity and sub debt provided primarily by its existing investor base.  The new capital will fund the company’s expansion of its national channel partner program and acquisition capital as Green Cloud searches for tuck-in cloud or data center asset acquisitions.

According to Shay Houser, CEO of Green Cloud, “Coming off a 3-year growth rate through 2015 of 4,000% and anticipating 65% growth during 2016, the additional capital helps fund our organic growth and acquisition plans.”

“We are pleased to announce our relationship with Green Cloud and our support of their continued growth” said Blake Reid, vice president and market manager Bridge Bank. “We are excited about the momentum that the company’s market strategy has demonstrated and we look forward to supporting Green Cloud’s future growth plans.”

Recognized as SC’s fastest-growing company, Green Cloud Technologies provides custom cloud solutions to an exclusive network of reseller partners. By relying on channel-only distribution, Green Cloud can focus on partner enablement without competing for end-user business. The company’s expansive suite of Cisco Powered, cloud-based products, services, and support are scalable to applications of any size—from SMBs to enterprise-class organizations.

Tintri Enables Green Cloud to Manage Four Times More Storage Without Additional Staff

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Scalability and Efficiency Facilitate Business Shift from Storage Focus to Strategic Service Delivery

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – May 4th, 2016 – Green Cloud Technologies, an employee-owned cloud solutions provider (CSP), has quadrupled its storage footprint without adding new storage personnel due to Tintri’s VM-aware storage (VAS) solutions for virtualization and cloud environments.

With a three-year growth rate of more than 4,000 percent, Green Cloud previously needed two dedicated storage experts working full time to manage its storage footprint.  Following the introduction of Tintri VM-aware storage, the CSP’s IT team can now focus on service delivery, supporting numerous resellers with hundreds of customers who run unpredictable workloads with varying performance demands.

Keith Coker, Green Cloud’s Co-Founder and COO, notes the significant difference in organization dynamics. “As a cloud service provider, we don’t know what virtualized workloads end customers will be adding or modifying next, so we need storage that is both extremely flexible and easy to manage. After much investigation and testing, it was very clear to us that only Tintri solves the fundamental challenges of operating a highly virtualized environment. As a result, storage isn’t a focus any longer—we spend our time on strategic projects and better serving our customers.”

Prior to Tintri, Green Cloud was dependent on legacy SAN storage, which made it difficult to manage applications with various performance requirements. Green Cloud selected Tintri because it allowed them to guarantee the performance of end customer applications, and even support different service tiers on a single VMstore. Tintri’s per-VM QoS assigns each virtual machine its own performance lane, allowing Green Cloud to handle any virtual server, database and desktop workload while eliminating the need for dedicated storage experts.

Green Cloud Co-Founder and CTO Eric Hester, adds, “We’re always suspicious of new technologies—it’s our job to try and break them. From day one, Tintri VM-aware storage has simply worked. It doesn’t paper over performance issues like other all-flash storage. And so it has proven remarkably easy to scale as our business has grown.”

Tintri CTO and Co-Founder Kieran Harty said, “Virtualization is the backbone of any cloud environment, and Tintri is specifically built for virtualized workloads. That’s why cloud service providers that trust Tintri are able to guarantee performance to their partners, and ultimately to end customers. That’s a competitive advantage for our customers and a prerequisite to scale. And that’s why we enjoy such close collaboration with leaders like Green Cloud.”

You can read the complete Green Cloud Case Study, and for a more in depth look view a video about how Green Cloud has grown its business with Tintri.

Green Cloud Technologies Earns Cisco’s Master Certification

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Greenville, SC – March 31, 2016 – Green Cloud Technologies, an employee-owned cloud technology solutions provider based in Greenville, SC, announces that it has achieved Master Certification as a Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner. This certification aligns with Green Cloud’s Cisco-Powered Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offerings, and establishes the company as recognized Cisco experts in the industry.

Cisco’s Cloud and Managed Services Program (CMSP) Master certification recognizes that Green Cloud has achieved the highest degree of expertise and competency in three of Cisco’s leading product categories.
The certification is the result of a comprehensive third-party audit to verify Green Cloud’s abilities to design and sell sophisticated Cisco solutions, as well as provide services and support, to its reseller partner network while maintaining the highest standards of enterprise-class reliability and security.

“We are thrilled to have met Cisco’s rigorous standards and been rewarded for our efforts with its CMSP Master certification,” explains Mac McClenathan, Green Cloud’s vice president and general manager, Cisco channel. “For our partners, this critical designation gives them further assurance that we’re experts in these industry-leading technologies, and that we have the capabilities to deliver and support the best available products. All of this helps strengthen our relationship with our partners, which is one of our chief goals as a company.”

Recognized as SC’s fastest-growing company, Green Cloud Technologies provides custom cloud solutions to an exclusive network of reseller partners. By relying on channel-only distribution, Green Cloud can focus on partner enablement without competing for end-user business. The company’s expansive suite of Cisco Powered, cloud-based products, services, and support are scalable to applications of any size—from SMBs to enterprise-class organizations.