Today we announced that OpenDNS was selected as a 2012 Cool Vendor in Cloud Security by analyst firm Gartner. This is a huge honor for the whole team at OpenDNS and we couldn’t be more thrilled. More details about our inclusion are here.

For the uninitiated, being included in Gartner’s Cool Vendors report is a big deal. Every year Gartner identifies key areas of security with increasing importance, then assembles a list of the most innovative solutions providers for each. Everyone tasked with Internet security tech buying decisions is advised to read the report so they can see the companies on the cutting edge. OpenDNS was selected as one of only four Cool Vendors across the entire cloud security space. This means we are now firmly on the enterprise radar and growing our footprint every day. We’re delighting customers – very large ones – by securing all of their devices, anytime and anywhere.

Why might OpenDNS be included in the Gartner report?

We’re an innovation machine. From the way in which we secure networks from malware through DNS, to DNSCrypt – the revolutionary service that provides unprecedented security and privacy on unsecured WiFi networks – we’re leading the industry.

We’re on a roll. Last month we announced our global userbase is now 50 million people strong. That includes several Fortune 100 organizations and thousands of businesses. That’s a massive number of people relying on OpenDNS for a more secure Internet experience.

Organizations of all sizes are switching to OpenDNS Enterprise in droves. They’re choosing OpenDNS for malware and botnet protection that’s lightweight and easy-to-deploy, yet as powerful or more powerful than anything else available. And because unlike other services they have to choose from, OpenDNS secures all devices connecting to a network, and without any software. What CSO wouldn’t want a service that can empower that peace-of-mind?

Lots more exciting product and company news coming soon. As always, thank you to each and every one of our customers. We couldn’t do it without you. And please keep the feedback coming. You’ve shaped everything we’ve ever delivered, and we always want to know what you think about the features and services we’re building.

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