VeloCloud Customer Kennedy/Jenks Wins Prestigious Bay Area Award
Director of IT George Caraker Named Lifetime Achievement Winner for Leveraging Leading IT Solutions including VeloCloud SD-WAN for Kennedy/Jenks Over 25 Years
Mountain View, Calif, June 27, 2016
VeloCloud Networks Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, today announced that customer Kennedy/Jenks Consultants was named a winner in the Bay Area CIO of the Year Awards program last week. George Caraker, Director of IT at Kennedy/Jenks, won a Bay Area CIO Lifetime Achievement Award for his more than 25 years of dedicated service supporting the IT needs of Kennedy/Jenks with innovative and transformative technologies, including VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN.
The annual CIO Awards program honors the best Bay Area Chief Information Officers. It is a joint project between the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. All award winners were honored at the Bay Area CIO of the Year Awards event on June 22 and profiled in both papers and online on June 24.
“I am truly honored to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Mr. Caraker. “I have seen a lot of exciting changes over my years working in IT here in San Francisco. I have thoroughly enjoyed all my work with so many fantastic people, exciting companies and innovative products, such as VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN.”
Kennedy/Jenks Consultants provides engineering and scientific solutions for water, environmental, energy, and innovative projects to government agencies and private utilities, industry and business, federal programs, and transportation clients. The firm is employee-owned with offices throughout the United States. It provides a full range of environmental planning, science, and engineering capabilities to public and private clients across the United States.
VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables enterprises to simplify remote and branch office deployments while delivering secure optimized access to applications in cloud and private datacenters. Service providers are able to deploy VeloCloud SD-WAN as a value-add revenue generating service and deliver elastic transport, performance for cloud applications, in both on-net and off-net cases. Both enterprises and service providers benefit from the multi-tenant cloud gateway architecture and the ability to support real-time applications over ordinary broadband links.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Caraker has been instrumental in numerous important IT initiatives at Kennedy/Jenks. In his current position, he is responsible for all aspects of IT leadership, strategy and management. Mr. Caraker manages a cadre of developers and specialists and has a particular interest in management information systems. He has done extensive work designing and managing the development of information portals, including intra and extranets, and portals for project management, operations and business development.
Mr. Caraker has also produced important work on the infrastructure side, managing server consolidation, virtualization, WAN, and WAN optimization. Mr. Caraker has also been responsible for designing and implementing Kennedy/Jenks’ unified communications strategy, including VoIP, SIP, video, email and instant messaging. The VoIP platform has enabled the company to reduce the number of high-cost voice trunks from traditional carriers and consolidate voice traffic on a smaller number of IP-based trunks at a substantial cost savings. In addition, Mr. Caraker is responsible for security and compliance, where he and his team implement firewalls, virus and web scanning, network monitoring, and more.
“We are very pleased that George Caraker has been honored for his years of dedication and long track record of identifying and implementing best-in-class technologies for the benefit of his organization and its customers,” said Steve Woo, VeloCloud Co-Founder and VP of Product. “Kennedy/Jenks is a perfect example of how an enterprise can derive dramatic performance, agility and cost benefits for their branch wide area network (WAN) infrastructure using VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN.”
VeloCloud Networks™, Inc. is the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, a Gartner Cool Vendor, the Frost & Sullivan Product Leader in the SD-WAN Solution Market, and a Best of Interop and Best of VMworld winner. The company simplifies branch WAN networking by automating deployment and improving performance over private, broadband Internet and LTE links for today’s increasingly distributed enterprises. VeloCloud SD-WAN includes: a choice of public, private or hybrid cloud network for enterprise-grade connection to cloud and enterprise applications; branch office enterprise appliances and optional data center appliances; software-defined control and automation; and virtual services delivery. VeloCloud has received financing from investors including NEA, Venrock, March Capital Partners, Hermes Growth Partners, Telstra Ventures, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Cisco Investments, and The Fabric, and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information, visit www.velocloud.com and follow the company on Twitter @VeloCloud.