July 17, 2008

Virtela Selected By AlwaysOn As an AO Global 250 Winner

DENVER, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtela, the global network solutions company, today announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the AO Global 250 Winners. The AO Global 250 recognizes major developments and new business opportunities in the global technology industries. Virtela was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and other industry experts based on five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.

"The AO Global 250 winners have excelled in key strategic areas in the global technology markets," said Tony Perkins, founder and CEO of AlwaysOn. "We congratulate them for their success in introducing new tools, services, and platforms that are driving the next phase of innovation and creating real value at an economically uncertain time."

Virtela is building on a history of innovation and shaking up the industry with a unique hybrid Virtual Network Operator business model. The company leverages hundreds of partner infrastructures to achieve a dense global footprint, but also owns strategic network assets that add sophistication and intelligence to optimize performance and deliver services on demand.

"We're honored to be selected by AlwaysOn for our innovation and the value we're creating for our customers and other stakeholders," said Virtela CEO Steve King. "Beyond innovation, our success is largely the result of a keen focus on the service aspect of managed services, alleviating the great complexity of deploying and maintaining global networks for enterprise customers."

Virtela and the AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies will be honored at the AlwaysOn & STVP Summit at Stanford University on July 22-24, 2008 at Stanford University. This executive event highlights the significant economic, political and commercial trends disrupting the global technology industries and features the most innovative companies, eminent technologists, influential investors and journalists in keynote presentations, panel debates and CEO showcases.

A full list of all the AO Global 250 winners can be found on the AlwaysOn Web site at http://alwayson.goingon.com/permalink/post/27959.

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 Fabric(SM) 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' Managed Network Solutions Preferred Alliance Program. For more information, please call +1 (720) 475-4000 or visit http://www.virtela.com/.

About AlwaysOn

AlwaysOn ignited the open-media revolution in early 2003 by being the first media brand to launch a global blog network. In 2004, AlwaysOn continued to lead the media industry in innovation by engaging its bloggers in a social network. AlwaysOn is also revolutionizing the media business by applying its open-media principles to its executive event series (Stanford Summit, OnHollywood, OnMedia, GoingGreen, NordicGreen, and Venture Summit East and West) and quarterly print "blogozine". AlwaysOn is committed to the free-market, merit-driven approach to reporting and event programming. No other media brand has dared to create such open interaction with its readers and event participants.


CONTACT: Jane Morrissey of Virtela Communications, office,+1-720-475-4012, mobile, +1-303-808-7671, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.virtela.net/