2021 has been a whirlwind of activity for Involta. As we approach the New Year, we’re taking time to reflect on our volunteer efforts, awards and recognitions, product launches, and team member updates. We’re extremely proud of all our company and employee accomplishments over the course of 2021 as the global pandemic still rages on along with the largest cybersecurity event to date.
Here are the Top 20 Involta Headlines for 2021.
At Involta, we believe volunteering is an essential part of our company culture. It’s important to help the communities in which we live and work. Who doesn’t need a helping hand every once in awhile? This year Involta Cares was able to give over 200 hours of volunteer time to organizations in need. Here are a few volunteer activities we took part in:
Throughout 2021 Involta Cares has taken part in many community activities in all our locations. This December, our team took part in the Best Christmas Ever movement. Our Duluth Volunteer Ambassador for Involta Cares, Andrea Mistelske, took the lead on this endeavor and showed the world how Involta was able to pay it forward this year.
Involta took part in Planting Forward, a project that replaces trees damaged or destroyed in the August 2020 derecho storm that swept through Iowa and parts of the Midwest. The initiative, brought to life by Linn County businesses and the Monarch Research Group, a non-profit organization, replants native Iowa trees and educates the community about their importance.
Involta continued to focus on our city’s environment. Employees from HQ are volunteering through our Involta Cares initiative to clean up the community. They spent half of their workday cleaning up Jacolyn Park in Cedar Rapids. It was one of the worst hit parks from the derecho. Not only was our team happy to clean our environment, but they were also thrilled to do it on Earth Day. What an excellent way to celebrate our planet on its special day!
Our Duluth, Minnesota team helped our planet in May with Duluth’s Clean Yer Creek event. It is an annual community volunteer event, dedicated to the removal of garbage, debris, and illegally dumped trash that makes its way into the Duluth watershed and, eventually, flows into Lake Superior. They gathered as much trash as possible from the Keene and Chester creeks.
Our team at HQ participated in the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission’s Feminine Hygiene Drive as a part of Women’s History Month. The Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) received donations from the drive to benefit their Women’s Services program. While the CMC’s programs serve distinct populations, they are united by a common purpose of promoting the well-being and dignity of individuals in need. The CMC’s Women’s Services program provides shelter, intensive case management, and skill-building opportunities to help women who have experienced trauma achieve and maintain stable housing, relationships, and finances.
Awards and Recognitions
Involta is thankful for every award and recognition we receive. We’re thrilled we’ve made such an impact on our customers and the communities around us. This year, we couldn’t be more grateful to our customers, partners, and Involta team members who helped us “Get There.”
Involta was named a 2021 Triple Crown Award winner for a second time. For eight consecutive years, the Triple Crown Award has accredited unparalleled performance from top solution providers in North America based on revenue, growth, and technical expertise within the IT channel. This award celebrates standout solution providers for the impressive accomplishment of being featured on three of CRN’s prestigious lists.
Involta was named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. 5000. This designation marks the ninth time the company has been included on this list, ranking 4,598 on Inc.’s 41st annual edition of fastest-growing companies.
Involta was recognized on CRN’s 2021 Fast Growth 150 list, ranking 98. This prestigious recognition honors the fastest-growing North American technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants for their significant growth and meaningful performance over the previous two years.
Involta was named to CRN’s highly regarded 2021 Solution Provider 500 list for the fourth consecutive year. CRN announces its top 500 solution providers list annually, ranking the leading IT channel partner organizations across North America by revenue. The 2021 list represents a remarkable combined revenue of over $403 billion, underscoring the immense impact and influence these leading partners, such as Involta, have on the IT industry today.
Involta was recognized by CRN by being named to its 2021 Tech Elite 250 list for the fifth consecutive year. This annual list features IT solution providers of all sizes in North America that have earned cutting-edge technical certifications from leading technology suppliers. These companies have separated themselves from the pack as top solution providers, earning multiple, premier IT certifications, specializations, and partner program designations from industry-leading technology providers.
Involta was named to CRN’s 2021 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Security 100 category. The Managed Security 100 category highlights MSPs focused primarily on off-premises and cloud-based security services. This prestigious recognition is a direct reflection of Involta’s dedication to improving enterprise security posture by going beyond traditional approaches and partnering with Alert Logic’s Security Operations Center (SOC).
Involta was KLAS Rated and Reviewed for Partial IT Outsourcing. This esteemed recognition marks the first KLAS designation for Involta, further advancing the company’s mission to enable healthcare organizations to transform digitally.
2021 was a great year for product launches. We were able to team up with a couple of our partners, Radware and VMware, to bring our customers successful IT solutions and create a few of our own. Read about our product solutions that helped and continue to help our customers “Get There” every day.
Involta launched Involta Air Gap to safeguard enterprise backup. Involta Air Gap delivers robust security at the air gap — the space between the working environment and backup — to prevent cybercriminals from accessing vital data, significantly reducing the effects of costly ransomware attacks.
Involta announced a recent partnership to deploy Radware’s DDoS Protection Service to vital organizations nationwide. As an addition to Involta’s existing robust suite of security offerings, Radware’s DDoS Protection Service — recently ranked as a Leader in DDoS protection by Forrester Research — will expand the company’s ability to meet rigorous security requirements across healthcare, manufacturing, financial services and beyond.
Involta announced the addition of VMware’s SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networking) product to its progressive solution portfolio. Involta-managed SD-WAN accelerates enterprise digital transformations with redundant connectivity that ensures constant network uptime and provides enhanced traffic management capabilities.
Involta launched its CloudOps Workshop — a powerful consulting tool that empowers customers to more easily design the building blocks of a durable cloud operating model. Customers leverage Involta’s superior cloud expertise to assess their current state of business and provide critical guidance for navigating potential use cases and understanding opportunities for evolution. As a result, businesses can enjoy more successful cloud preparation and operation in support of their applications, producing a significant increase in cost efficiency, reliability and security.
Involta Team Updates
The drive that our team of People Who Deliver put forth this year was outstanding. From exceptional individuals to acquirements and investments, we’ve done an amazing job. Here are a few highlights from our team:
Change is inevitable, it’s all around us and 2022 is shaping up to be a year full of transformations. Coming off a year of continued pandemic impact, increased velocity in activity as organizations began to build a clear picture of what the year will have in store, and ending with a rapid increase in events and incidents, ranging from hyperscale outages to the largest cybersecurity event to date, 2021 has been a year of seasons. Josh Holst, VP of Cloud Services at Involta shares his thoughts on 2021 and what will be in store for 2022.
Involta announced Josh Holst, Vice President of Cloud Services, has been selected for the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI)’s Iowa Technology Leadership Institute (ITLI) beginning in 2022. Holst has helped advance Involta’s cloud services portfolio, serving in various roles. Recently, he was promoted to his current position, where he supports enterprises across public, private and multi-cloud environments, as well as edge services. In addition, Holst embraces the company’s goal to support internal professional growth in an effort to cultivate Involta’s culture and brand promise of People Who Deliver.
Involta announced three new leadership appointments that embrace the company’s culture and brand value of People Who Deliver. Each individual has been instrumental in leading teams, initiatives and innovation to help accelerate the company’s growth. The three members have played a vital role in meeting ever-expanding customer needs and delivering industry-leading hybrid IT, cloud, edge and cybersecurity solutions. The three Involta veterans and their new roles include:
- Josh Holst, Vice President of Cloud Services
- Mark Cooley, Vice President of Security and Compliance
- David Humes II, Director of Product Management
Involta announced its acquisition of the assets of SecureData 365 and employees in Canton, Ohio. This acquisition adds a new data center and a highly skilled team to Involta’s national portfolio, further empowering its ability to enable digital transformation for enterprises in northeast Ohio.
Global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) announced that funds managed by Carlyle have agreed to acquire Involta. Carlyle’s capital, resources, and expertise will help expand Involta’s operations.
We’re very proud of our growth in 2021 and will continue to focus on the transformative path ahead in 2022. We’d like to thank our team, our customers, and our partners for making 2021 the best year yet. We can’t wait to see what 2022 brings.