The cloud security market has been accelerating in 2017 throughout the industry and for us in particular. Since January, we have:
·        Won Info Security Startup of the Year Silver Award
·        Won CIE SF’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award
·        Named Best Cloud Security Platform Finalist for Informa’s TechXLR8 Award
·        Named Finalist for 2017 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award
 
And now, here’s the big news:
 
Zentera Systems has been named a Cool Vendor in Cloud Security 2017 by Gartner, Inc.!
 
Words could not describe how we felt when we received the news. We’ve done many (and I mean, many) calls with analysts. We’ve learned a great deal, though, we’ve had some speed bumps along the way in shaping our message. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen our story start resonating with analysts, partners and customers, about the emerging market called the multicloud and the security infrastructure challenges that enterprises are facing.
 
Written by analysts Jay Heiser, Greg Young, Steve Riley, and Neil MacDonald, the Gartner Cool Vendor report states, “In 2017, more than half of new IaaS deployments that use only the IaaS vendors’ security offerings will add third-party security within 12 months due to dissatisfaction.” In the report, security and risk management leaders were recommended to “Take advantage of the growing variety of cloud control tools to improve the visibility into cloud-based activities and to ensure reliable compliance with organizational policies.” They were also encouraged to “Preserve underlying networks while researching emerging ways to connect on-premises and cloud-based networks.”
 
We agree with this approach—CoIP is infrastructure-agnostic and virtual. Enterprise security, at this point, needs to be as strong in the cloud as in traditional on-premise environments, if not stronger. We’ve designed CoIP to bring multiple security capabilities that together offer defense-in-depth for cloud, on-premise and multicloud deployments.
 
Being described as a Cool Vendor in Cloud Security by Gartner is a high praise for us. As the analyst relations guy, I don’t think there could have been better timing for this recognition. Enterprise security in the multicloud needs to be as strong as their on-premise security, and enterprises need it now more than ever. We are thrilled to be part of this ride, as we watch multicloud security begin to resonate with enterprises and security vendors. I myself am looking forward to more customers and more partnerships in the future. For now, this recognition by Gartner is the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced.