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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.

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 – February 4, 2016 – Green Cloud Technologies, an employee-owned cloud solutions provider (CSP) based in Greenville, SC, announces strong growth in its flagship “Plant a Tree” environmental effort.

Green Cloud Technologies—Business Black Box’s 2015 Green Award winner and one of SC’s Top 25 Fastest-Growing Companies—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. Launched on Earth Day in 2014, Green Cloud’s Plant-a-Tree Initiative planted 1,490 trees in its first year. For 2015, Green Cloud planted 1,896 trees, a nearly 28% increase.

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

“Green Cloud’s commitment to environmental stewardship is directly tied to our tremendous growth as a company. As we grow and our carbon footprint increases, so does the level of our commitment to offsetting the consequences. The increase in trees planted this year is exciting for us as a company, because it not only represents our business success, but also means we’re making a bigger effort to help the environment.” said Green Cloud CEO, Shay Houser.

Green Cloud Acquires Ohio-Based ANS Corporation and Secures $5mm Investment from Spring Capital Partners

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Greenville, SC – November 9, 2015 – Green Cloud Technologies, a channel-only provider of Cisco powered Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions has acquired ANS Corporation an IaaS and Software as a Service (SaaS) provider based in Akron, Ohio.

The acquisition agreement closed on October 31, 2015, having been approved by the Board of Directors.  Coinciding with the acquisition, Spring Capital Partners has made a $5mm investment in Green Cloud to increase sales and marketing investments in Green Cloud’s channel program.

Brian McDaid, managing director of Spring Capital Partners said, “We’ve been tracking Green Cloud for some time and the rapid growth from the team has been exceptional and consistent.  We look forward to years of expansion together”.

The acquisition gives Green Cloud a third production data center in Akron, Ohio to complement existing facilities in Nashville, Tenn. and Greenville, S.C.  It will also expand Green Cloud’s product portfolio with Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure hosting in addition to the existing VMware infrastructure hosting solution.  Additionally, ANS brings domain expertise managing healthcare SaaS applications to be further leveraged through the Green Cloud channel partners.

“ANS has done an excellent job of delivering public and private clouds to businesses for many years,” commented Shay Houser, CEO of Green Cloud. “With this acquisition, Green Cloud can now offer the additional solutions, data center locations, and healthcare SaaS expertise our partners want.”

“This is an exciting time for ANS as we join forces with the Green Cloud team,” Joe Aiello, CEO of ANS.  “Bridging our knowledge and experience working with managed service providers with Green Cloud’s presence within the channel community will provide the unique opportunity to offer cloud solutions and training for the channel, created by the channel. ”