It’s that time of year again when we dust off the bunting and light the candles on the cake as we celebrate our 9th birthday!

5th November 2012 – Founding day

The company was formed on the 5th of November 2012 with the same vision that we have today, to deliver better user experience and reduce the cost of cloud service delivery. We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings with a couple of laptops on a kitchen table in Berkshire, including 2 office moves, so we thought we’d share some of our highlights from the last 9 years.

2015 – Citrix Specialist Accreditation first and Gold partner status

We’ve always been focused on the technology and were thrilled to become the first global partner to be recognised by Citrix for our technical expertise when we achieved the Networking for Data Centres Specialist accreditation back in 2015, the same year we achieved Gold partner status. 2015 also introduced us to a new way to improve service delivery to branch locations and re-imagine the network ready for a hybrid cloud delivery model, the product we now know as Citrix SD-WAN.

2018 – Growth Partner of the Year NEMEA and first UK SD-WAN product sale and deployment project

cloudDNA awarded Growth Partner of the Year Northern EMEA 2018

Co-founders Jo Wright & Al Taylor collecting the Growth Partner of the Year Award NEMA 2018

Fast forward a couple of years and Citrix SD-WAN has become a major part of our business with the 1st UK product sale, the 1st UK project delivery and the 1st UK partner to deliver a 1000+ branch deployment.

2018 also gave us a defining moment in our history when we picked up the Citrix EMEA Growth Partner of the Year Award in the US, recognising our 3x year on year product sale growth for 3 consecutive years.

2019 – Awarded Igel Gold Partner accreditation

We’ve always been vocal about our Citrix relationship but we started 2019 with an Igel Gold Partner accreditation following significant growth in Igel OS adoption in customers across all sectors.

2020 – Citrix 2021 Specialist Accreditation first & launch of SD-WAN Home Managed Service

2020 kicked off with Citrix announcing a revision to the 2021 Specialist Partner accreditation criteria at their annual partner conference in Orlando. We were straight out of the blocks and did it again, achieving the new 2021 Citrix Networking Specialist Accreditation 7 months ahead of official release, further demonstrating our commitment to providing our customers with the very highest levels of technical proficiency.

With more of us working from home in 2020 than ever before, we’ve also been the 1st to launch a new SD-WAN Home Worker Managed Service that brings affordable, enterprise grade service delivery to the SoHo users.

2021 – Awarded Citrix Platinum Partner Status

This was a big one!

Achieving Citrix Platinum Status has always been one of our key objectives since the day we founded in 2012, 3,224 days later and we got there! We’re one of the top 8 Citrix Partners in the UK by revenue following a massive year of growth in 2021, even following the standards of our Growth Partner of the Year in 2019.

2021 – First Global Citrix Secure Internet Access project as a replacement to zScaler ZIA

With a zScaler Internet Access (ZIA) subscription renewal due and a growing list of operational challenges presented by technical limitations with the product, we helped a long term customer understand how Citrix Secure Internet Access could potentially overcome these challenges. Working closely with Citrix both in the UK and  EMEA, we collectively demonstrated how the Citrix solution actually ticked more boxes and ultimately became the weapon of choice in the constant battle to keep users and data safe in an increasingly hybrid service world. Supporting thousands of users, this was also the largest deployment in EMEA to date.

What’s next?

We continue to work closely with Citrix, maintaining seats on the invitation only Global Partner Technical Expert Council and EMEA & UK Partner Executive Councils, helping our customers stay one step ahead of the technical and commercial aspects of their Citrix investments and helping the vendor shape the product roadmap in to 2022 and beyond.

As we light the candles on birthday cake number 9, we’d like to say a sincere thanks to all of our customers, our friends at Citrix, and of course to our amazing team who help us make it all possible – so far, so good!

While 2020 arguably didn’t turn out the way we planned, the whole cloudDNA team responded when the National Health Service and other key-worker organisations across the UK needed our help in response to Covid-19. We’re so proud of our team and how we’ve been able to help front line teams in some way.

2021 has already smashed our previous records on all measures and with a significant increase in enquiries around the Citrix SASE offerings, 2022 looks set to be another year of amazing innovation and growth at cloudDNA. Make sure you subscribe to our social channels to keep up to date.

Stay safe, big love and thank you all again 🙏🏼❤️

Jo Wright & Al Taylor, Co-founders and the cloudDNA team.