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Since 2011, Unitas Global has been providing enterprise businesses with cloud solutions tailored to specific company demands. We pride ourselves on transforming the enterprise’s consumption of cloud by providing the most innovative, secure, and easy to use solutions. Read on

In today’s fragmented cloud market, the increase in cloud solution offerings and vendors has overwhelmed, and even burdened, enterprise businesses. Often these disparate solutions lock in enterprise IT organizations with inflexible architectures, sprawled resources, excess costs, and non-cohesive strategies.

Unitas Global’s technology-agnostic, carrier-neutral, and globally deployed cloud solutions are purpose-built to fit enterprise business objectives. With a partnership mentality, Unitas works with clients to meet business needs and integrate as a true extension of their IT team. Whether the enterprise needs hybrid cloud, network monitoring, managing or optimization, Unitas has it covered.

At Unitas Global, we are passionate about excellence, built on the foundation of trust and integrity, and devoted to exceptional customer experiences. By designing, deploying, and managing IT infrastructure globally, clients can focus on what matters most: their core business.

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Patrick Shutt
CEO

Patrick brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the technology industry. Previously, Patrick co-founded and served as CEO for Universal Access, growing the company from a start-up to a $144 million run rate, eventually taking the company public in 2000. He went on to found 20/20 Technologies, which after multiple acquisitions, became Global Capacity.

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Bob Pollan
Chief Operations Officer and President

Bob has over 25 years of global investing and operating experience. He has held senior executive and/or board positions at GE Capital, Internet Capital Group, Universal Access, ICG Commerce, Mobility Technologies and Global Capacity. His early career included technical and marketing positions at Texas Instruments and GE. Bob earned his MBA at Harvard, engineering, finance degrees at U. of Penn.

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Grant Kirkwood
CTO & Founder

A serial entrepreneur by trade, Grant is a technologist at heart. He most recently served as the CTO at PacketExchange, a London-based global tele-communications firm. He was previously the founder and CEO of Mzima Networks, an Internet service provider that grew to over 40 points of presence around the world.

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Steve Neiger
Chief Revenue Officer

Steve has been a sales leader in managed hosting and cloud computing for over 14 years. At Terremark, Steve served as Vice President of Sales for The Americas and then as Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Most recently he was Vice President of Enterprise Sales for VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service.

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Kelvin Lai
Chief Administrative Officer

Kelvin has over 25 years of experience managing the finance and accounting functions of both public and privately held companies. Prior to joining Unitas Global, Kelvin served as the Corporate Controller for a national rental car company and CFO for a regional healthcare provider. Additionally, he spent eight years as Regional Controller and then Director of Finance for the Westfield Group. Kelvin is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned his MBA in Finance at Indiana University and B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering at University of Hong Kong.

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Paco Diaz
Chief Compliance Officer

Paco has been in IT for over 19 years. Starting out as an IT generalist and then serving as an information security officer for a mid-west region commercial bank, he went on to serve as a director of IT compliance for Texas Tech University and the University of Alabama. Returning home to the Kansas City metro, Paco worked as a senior consultant with BKD performing IT risk consulting, audits, and attestation services. Paco earned his MBA from Baker University, is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

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Jaime Simpson
CIO

Jaime has over 18 years of experience as an IT engineering service manager. She specializes in leveraging ITIL business processes and analysis to create dynamic, highly-available service operations. Most recently, Jaime served as Vice President of Cloud Operations for AOS Cloud.

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Saam Dowlatshahi
SVP of Global Procurement

With over 15 years experience in directing and managing large complex technical network communication programs, installations and projects in a variety of government, financial and private sector technology environments, Saam has always put the client first. Prior to Unitas, Saam served in service delivery and management roles at United Telecom, ETTICO Solutions and PCS.

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Janet Kim
SVP of Finance

Janet has over 13 years of experience across corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, investment banking, and public accounting. Prior to Unitas, Janet led the FP&A team at Fullscreen, assisting the company in its equity capital transactions and a successful sale of the company to Otter Media in 2014. Janet also provided finance leadership at Pandora Media both before and after their IPO in 2011. Janet is a licensed CPA and holds an MBA from MIT, an MA in Economics from NYU, and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

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Joss Wynne Evans
Head of Legal Affairs

Jonathan “Joss” Wynne Evans, Head of Legal Affairs, is an entrepreneur with wide commercial experience and a company lawyer of fifteen years experience. He was formerly general counsel to Global Capacity Inc. He lives and works out of the Highlands of Scotland.

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Elaine Gilruth
VP of Marketing

Elaine leads the marketing department by integrating startup ideals and enterprise methodologies. With pride and enthusiasm, she manages all internal and external communication while formulating and implementing strategy around cloud solutions, content development, and events. Elaine holds her BA from LMU in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, as well as Travel and Tourism, and a minor in Art History.

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Farrah Kashef
Co-founder, VP of Strategic Partnerships & Alliance

Farrah has over 18 years of IT experience, primarily in the telecommunication industry. Prior to Unitas Global, Farrah held senior level roles in business development and management at several start-ups, such as Mzima Networks, and Fortune 500 and multinational corporations, such as PacketExchange, GTT, Arbinet, and NTT/VERIO. Farrah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from California State University, Fullerton.

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Lawrence Lee
Co-founder & VP of Partner Alliances

As VP of Partner Alliances, Lawrence brings over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. Most recently, he served for 8 years as VP of Business Development at Allyance Communications. He has also held key sales and management roles at Nortel Networks, Qwest Communications, and AboveNet. Now based in Southern California, Lawrence has worked and lived abroad in both South Korea and Japan.

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Erik Salazar
Co-founder & VP of Commercial Development

Erik has over 13 years of management experience in finance, technology, operations, and sales. Prior to Unitas Global, Erik held the position of VP of Sales at CoreSite, a publicly traded data center REIT (NYSE: COR), and served as a senior financial analyst for The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm. Erik holds a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Global Management from the University of Southern California.

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Bret Maxwell
MK Capital

Bret Maxwell is a Managing General Partner at MK Capital. He is also the Managing General Partner on three of the Productivity Funds totaling $200 million in committed capital. Bret has been a decision-making partner in six other fully invested funds, representing over $300 million in committed capital. Prior to founding MK Capital, he was the co-Founder of First Analysis’ venture capital practice in 1985. Bret’s areas of expertise include outsourced business services, telecom and internet infrastructure, and energy and power infrastructure. Bret is a graduate of The McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and Kellogg’s Graduate School of Management. He has served as the Chairman of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and is a director on the board of Mount Sinai Hospital and on the finance committee of the Jewish United Fund. He is also a Certified Financial Analyst.

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Paul Weinstein
Azure Capital

Paul Weinstein is a founding General Partner at Azure Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $750 million under management. Prior to founding Azure, Paul was a managing director with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, PaineWebber and Kidder Peabody. With over 25 years of investment experience, Paul’s primary investment focus is on communications technology, data center, cloud infrastructure and applications and mobility solutions. Paul is Chairman of Unitas and represents Azure Capital on the Boards of Unitas, Fonality, Coraid and Load Dynamix. He is a graduate of Babson College with a BS degree in Finance and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Andrew Olsen
Boathouse Capital

Andrew Olsen is a principal at Boathouse Capital, a middle market private equity fund which manages more than $350 million of committed capital. He has completed over 20 industry investments, and currently serves on the boards of 7 organizations. Prior to his time at Boathouse Capital, Andrew served as a Research Associate for Morgan Stanley & Co. Andrew earned his BS, Economics from Wharton, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He grew up in Westfield, NJ and now lives in Berwyn, PA with his wife and four children. During college, Andrew drove a solar-powered car from Chicago to Los Angeles as part of a competition that drew teams from more than two dozen universities. He finished last.

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Frank Muscarello    
Chief Development Officer
With a track record of driving growth and profitability, Frank is a business development professional with an extensive knowledge of IT infrastructure, financial services, trading and B2B marketplaces. Prior to Unitas Global, he was Managing Director and heading Strategic Account for the fastest growing ServiceNow partner in its history.  Previously, he was Co-Founder and CEO of MarkITx, a global exchange that used predictive algorithms to enable seamless trading of enterprise IT hardware.  Frank was VP of Channel Development to Global Enterprises at Global Capacity, and the CEO of Vision Point of Sale, Inc. He received his BA from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he is an adjunct professor.
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Success Stories

Unitas Global Supports the Enterprise in Nearly Every Vertical

  • SaaS Company

    With a need to break into the global market, this flourishing North American SaaS company looked to Unitas to help them expand into the European market. The company had no engineering presence abroad to begin building an in-region infrastructure. By working with Unitas, a managed, OpenStack-based private cloud infrastructure and a disaster recovery solution was successfully deployed in AMEA without the SaaS company ever leaving headquarters. Their environment is managed and monitored through the Unitas Atlas™ dashboard. Through working with Unitas, the SaaS company has enjoyed a solution that is 35-40% more cost-effective than public cloud or their previous OpenStack solution providers. Their data is fully backed up with no vendor lock-in.

  • Digital Advertising

    Because of Unitas’ global expertise, a growing online advertising platform partnered with Unitas to expand their global network into APAC. Their real-time bidding exchange required low latency and diverse connectivity to provide its customers with reliable service. The expansion requirements included: a centralized facility, access to multiple low-latency network providers, a customer-centric SLA and all fully managed by Unitas’ 24×7 redundant Cloud Management Center locations. This online advertising platform has expanded their cloud services with Unitas to include AMEA & North America.

  • Auto Services Company

    A top auto services company needed a secure, reliable network to keep their business running like a well-oiled machine. Impressed with the level of performance Unitas could provide through their ongoing management and monitoring, they chose Unitas to establish their hosted public cloud connection in Dallas, TX. Combining private storage capacity with Azure public cloud resources via Express Route, Unitas designed, built, and continuously manages the company’s hybrid cloud platform.

  • Clothing Retailer

    Top national clothing retailer required better support for on-site store employees and a wider, more reliable network to support their POS systems, phone and on-prem systems. Within 24 hours of taking ownership of the retailer’s on-site IT, Unitas’ responsiveness and resolution time was far better than the retailer has experienced in the eight-year relationships with their previous managed service provider. Unitas monitors over 3,200 of the retailer’s devices globally, and provides a cost savings of 44%.

  • Healthcare Provider

    The IT landscape of the healthcare industry has revolutionized in the last few years, with more incentives to move to digital records of data. This data massive amount of data from one healthcare provider needed to be stored in a way that was accessible, secure, and HIPAA compliant, as well as reinforced with a comprehensive disaster recovery solution. This healthcare provider is made up of a network of hospitals and doctor’s offices that each implemented their own IT infrastructure instead of one overarching infrastructure across them all. Unitas Global triaged the provider’s requirements and prescribed a Private Cloud infrastructure for their storage solution. The storage was built onto a completely private intranet network, creating a secure, off-the-grid infrastructure connecting all the hospitals and doctor’s offices. Unitas also provided an easy-to-use infrastructure management interface so the healthcare provider could focus on building applications on their now HIPAA compliant network. The healthcare provider could take advantage of government incentives due to their new digital data storage. Their Director of IT also estimated a 15% increase in internal productivity due to the ease of access of electronic medical records.

  • Mining & Chemical Company

    As one of the largest mining and chemical companies in the world, the company looked to streamline their IT operations to better run their business globally. Realizing that their IT resources were better focused on core, revenue driving initiatives, the company outsourced the full management of their global IT resources to Unitas. Under this purview, Unitas migrated 160 of the company’s applications across 3 continents to a fully managed, private cloud environment. Unitas also Unitas provides helpdesk support for the company’s 6,000 employees.

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