Reading, 23rd, January, 2012 – Meraki, the recognised leader in Cloud Networking, today announced plans to dramatically expand European operations, coming on the heels of 2011 sales that exceeded every expectation.
Meraki also announced the appointment of Geoff Haggart as Vice President EMEA Sales for Meraki. Geoff brings over 20 years of experience in technology sales leadership, most recently as Senior Vice President for EMEA and APAC at Websense Inc., where he oversaw the company’s international expansion to over 200 people and revenues of over $150m.
Major Account Wins Secured in 2011
Meraki announced highlights from its 2011 fiscal year. While the company’s overall revenue grew at a torrid 300 percent, European operations grew even faster, with over 400 percent year-over-year revenue growth in the region. Major account wins included:
• A pan-European retail chain, deploying nearly 3000 wireless access points across the 550 retail stores throughout the UK and Ireland
• Wellington College, Britain’s leading co-educational boarding school, covering 400 acres and supporting 1000 students
• Henderson Retail, which owns and operates over 70 SPAR, EUROSPAR and VIVO stores in Northern Ireland
• Burton and South Derbyshire College, a further education college with 11000 students
• EAST Ltd., a British high street fashion brand with 99 outlets
• Simmons & Simmons, a leading international law firm with over 1500 people and 19 offices throughout Europe
• Ferretti Group, one of the world leaders in the design and sale of motor yachts, with 2000 employees worldwide
• Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp, one of the most important contemporary art museums in Belgium
Major Investment into EMEA Channel
Meraki dramatically expanded its reach across the UK in 2011 through its partnership with Cloud Distribution. Additionally, in 2012 Meraki is engaging with international value-add distributor Zycko to provide two-tier distributor and reseller support throughout Europe. Meraki has grown its base of resellers across Europe by 300 percent in the last 12 months.
Significant Expansion of Meraki Team in EMEA
In 2011 Meraki grew its European sales office, more than quadrupling in-region staffing. In addition to the European headquarters in London, Meraki appointed regional managers throughout the European theater. Meraki is continuing to expand its European presence throughout 2012 and will double its in-region presence in the coming year.
Dramatic Company Growth
Worldwide Meraki revenue grew over 300 percent in 2011, and Meraki’s global staff doubled during the year. In addition, Meraki launched the all-new MS series cloud managed switches and a dramatically expanded MX series cloud managed security appliances family, adding WAN optimisation and introducing five new models. Together with Meraki’s award-winning cloud managed wireless LAN, these products enable enterprises to deploy 100 percent cloud managed networks, adding visibility and control while eliminating the cost and complexity of traditional solutions.
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Meraki is the recognised leader in Cloud Networking. 100 percent cloud-based from day one, Meraki’s architecture delivers out-of-the-box security, scalability, and management to enterprise networks. Meraki has been deployed in over 18,000 customer networks worldwide, including Stanford University, British Telecom, Burger King, Starbucks, and M.I.T. Meraki is located in San Francisco, California, and is funded in part by Sequoia Capital and Google. For more information, visit http://meraki.com.
About Cloud Distribution
Cloud Distribution is a Value Added Distributor focusing on the security, management and optimisation of devices which access the Cloud. Cloud computing is a paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualised resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure in the ‘Cloud’ that supports them.
The company was founded by senior executives with a wealth of experience in the security and optimisation space. Its philosophy is to take innovative, leading-edge vendors into the UK market by recruiting and partnering with innovative, pioneering security, management and optimisation partners.
Cloud Distribution is the sole UK distributor for Meraki. Meraki is the leader in cloud controlled Wi-Fi, routing, and security. Secure and scalable, Meraki's enterprise networks simply work. Visit: http://www.cloud-distribution.com
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