Industry Leaders Honor Darkstrand as a Technology Innovator
Darkstrand Named to AlwaysOn Global 250 and 2009 World Technology Award Finalist
CHICAGO – July 20, 2009 – Darkstrand, a pioneer in corporate high-speed connectivity bridging research and commercialization, today announced that it has been selected to the 2009 AlwaysOn Global 250 List as a leading enterprise technology. The National LambdaRail-Darkstrand public-private partnership was additionally named a 2009 World Technology Award finalist. Both awards recognize Darkstrand for the forward-thinking collaboration to open the 40 Gigabyte per second national network infrastructure to corporate America, to enable direct access to leading high performance computing (HPC) and research solutions and allow companies to transform their business through innovation and advanced collaboration.
The AlwaysOn Global 250 Award is given to private, emerging technology companies creating new business opportunities in high-growth markets. Darkstrand was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team as a technology innovator in Enterprise based on demonstration of growth, market opportunity, quality of innovation and customer traction.
The 2009 World Technology Award by The World Technology Network (WTN), in association with TIME magazine, Fortune, NASDAQ, Mayo Clinic, Science, AAAS, and New York Academy of Sciences, have been presented annually since 2000 to the outstanding innovators from each sector within the science and technology arena for innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance.
“Darkstrand is the first company to connect US businesses with the research community’s world-class brainshare and technological facilities, providing effective commercial access to technology and knowledge that is as much as 10 years ahead of corporate America. We are taking cutting edge HPC technology and turning it into a service that businesses need,” said Michael Stein, CEO and Founder of Darkstrand. “This recognition from the prestigious AlwaysOn team and WTN panel validates our innovative work and affirms our belief that access to a community of leading university-based research experts and supercomputing resources can translate to a strong competitive edge.”
For the AlwaysOn Global 250, Darkstrand will be recognized at the AlwaysOn & STVP Summit at Stanford, taking place at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, on July 28-30. This two-and-a-half day executive conference is co-presented by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and will highlight the significant economic, political and commercial trends affecting the global technology industries.
At the upcoming Summit at Stanford, Michael Stein will participate in a panel called “The Rainmakers in Cloud Computing” on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 12:45 p.m. inside Ballroom 1. He will additionally deliver a presentation on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 9:40 a.m. inside Ballroom 1 outlining Darkstrand’s winning strategy and how it is bringing new business and technology value to US corporations in the media, manufacturing, bioscience, financial services and advanced communications industries sector.
“It’s no secret that technology and innovation are vital to bringing our country out of economic recession,” said Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. “The companies on this year’s list have not only created innovative technologies that solve real business problems, but have stimulated economic growth through the generation of new jobs. I congratulate Darkstrand for being selected for this year’s award and wish them tremendous success in the future.”
The AlwaysOn Global 250 winners were selected from among hundreds of other technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2009 list.
Nominees for the 2009 World Technology Awards were identified based on an intensive, global process over a period of many months in which current individual WTN members (primarily elected WTN Fellows from previous Awards cycles, who now number over 1000, spread out over 60 countries) made their nominations based on companies doing the most innovative work in their field of the greatest likely long-term significance.
Darkstrand, Inc. leverages enterprise-level network bandwidth to close the collaboration gap between corporations and research communities. Darkstrand has the only private 40 Gigabyte per second national network infrastructure with direct access to leading high performance computing (HPC) and research solutions that allow companies to transform their business through innovation and advanced collaboration. Darkstrand is commercializing the National LambdaRail, a vast 12,000 mile continuous optical network connecting through 28 US cities and leading labs such as UCSDCaliT2, Argonne, Pittsburg and Ohio Supercomputing Centers. Darkstrand is the next generation in HPC solution, hyper-speed network connectivity (10-100Gbps and beyond), network and data security, public/private platform connectivity, and meta IP exchange for the media, manufacturing, bioscience, financial services and advanced communications industries. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Darkstrand was established in 2005. For more information, visit https://darkstrand.com.