Today marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of OpenDNS Enterprise. It was exactly one year ago today we made the service available, not knowing how it would be received, but confident in the vision behind it. It has been a tremendous success.

In one year, nearly 1,000 enterprises have switched to OpenDNS Enterprise, and in many cases, away from costly appliance-based security solutions from folks like Blue Coat and Websense. Our customers include several Fortune 100 organizations, global iconic brands you love, and hundreds more that are globally distributed.

For those who do not know — OpenDNS Enterprise provides a cost-effective and efficient way to manage Internet access and security across multiple physical locations, easily deployed and managed over the Web. With the availability of OpenDNS Enterprise, it is no longer necessary to purchase and maintain stodgy and costly filtering appliances at each of your sites.

While we were excited about what we built, the proof of our success is in the numbers:
The renewal rate among OpenDNS Enterprise customers for the next subscription year is an unprecedented 98 percent. Further, many OpenDNS Enterprise customers are subscribing to the service with multiple-year contracts (and saving money by doing so).

We have made great strides with OpenDNS Enterprise but we have barely scratched the surface of what we intend to deliver to customers. I’ve been reviewing our roadmap for 2011 and can confidently say that I have never been more excited about the opportunity we have at OpenDNS to deliver a fantastic service to our customers.

I feel privileged to work at OpenDNS and I feel honored that so many great companies have chosen to do business with us. I also wanted to thank our 20,000,000+ users who provide us so much wonderful feedback. In fact, almost every OpenDNS Enterprise customer had used OpenDNS at home before bringing it to work!

It’s been almost a year since I took back over as CEO of the company I founded in 2005 and in this last year I have assembled a world-class management team who are helping to scale and grow our business on all fronts — enterprise, consumer and more. We’re also hiring great people, so please consider applying if you can help us take our vision of a safe and secure Internet to the next level.

PS: This post is about Enterprise, but I wanted to mention that we have great stuff coming out for our OpenDNS Basic service in 2011. More on that later… 🙂

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