Claritas Capital invests in Apcela

Herndon, Virginia-based Apcela, an application delivery company, has secured an undisclosed amount of funding. The investor was Claritas Capital. Also, Apcela has named Jack Dziak as president and chief operating officer.



Apcela (, the high-performance application delivery company, announced today that it has closed additional funding from existing investor Claritas Capital ( and appointed Jack Dziak as President and COO. This move further accelerates the company’s product development, strengthens operations, and builds on the company’s sales and marketing momentum.

As enterprise digital transformation reaches a tipping point, IT organizations are increasingly challenged with adapting to the resulting hybrid IT environment. Application performance and security need to keep up as data and users become more distributed, spanning legacy data centers and cloud environments. Apcela delivers application performance and distributed security for this evolving hybrid IT environment.

“The growth of hybrid IT is fueled by the need for digital transformation. This has opened the door to new markets for Apcela,” said Theresa Sexton, Partner at Claritas Capital. “With its best-in-class technology, and an A-list client base — the addition of Jack Dziak as President and COO along with additional growth capital, Apcela is positioned to do what it does best for its clients — #GoFaster. We’re excited to further fuel the company’s growth, as its vision is having major impact on today’s large enterprises.”

Jack Dziak is an industry veteran with experience managing complex technology P&Ls, product management and solutions engineering, financial management, strategy and M&A. Prior to Apcela, Jack was EVP, Global Products at Sungard Availability Services, managing the P&L and portfolio of enterprise cloud services, disaster recovery, security, and other virtualized production services. Throughout his executive career, Jack has held C-level positions with Neustar, Inc., Sprint Nextel, and MCI Communications. He started his career in strategy and technology consulting with Coopers & Lybrand LLP, and as a Partner in Accenture’s Communications and High-tech industry practice.

“There is a growing need among large enterprises to bridge legacy, premises-based IT and cloud environments. As hybrid IT becomes the norm, companies increasingly need help delivering application performance and security across an evolving and more agile architecture,” said Mark Casey, CEO of Apcela. “This investment enables us to expand our solution set around these challenges and globally across new vertical markets. I’m also excited to add Jack’s experience to the team as we transform the enterprise WAN from a centralized and siloed IT architecture to a next-generation, distributed-edge infrastructure delivering speed, performance, and security for critical applications.”

“I’m truly excited about Apcela’s awesome potential. I’ve been an Apcela customer multiple times and have directly benefited from the measurable, game-changing capabilities the company brings its clients,” stated Dziak. “’Application acceleration’ is not an abstract term with Apcela. As I can attest, the company’s track record is real — bringing strong technical, operational, and financial benefits to clients in a way its competitors cannot.”

Built on Apcela’s award-winning ( global, low-latency application delivery platform, AppHUB™ ( bridges legacy premises-based IT and cloud environments to manage application performance and security. Its SD-WAN overlay enhances, and even replaces, existing MPLS or hybrid WAN networks. AppHUB’s distributed security platform improves performance by extending the existing security environment and policies closer to users and cloud applications, ensuring business critical applications are available to any user, on any device, anywhere in the world.

About Apcela
Apcela enables enterprises to easily manage application performance in hybrid IT environments. Its global, award-winning platform – originally built for the world’s most sophisticated high-frequency trading firms – securely accelerates applications and data between legacy enterprise datacenters and the cloud. Managing distributed application performance and security is simplified with the company’s software-defined networking and fully integrated, distributed security service. Apcela serves more than 100 clients including many of the Forbes Global 2000 in financial services, biopharmaceuticals, engineering, healthcare, and manufacturing across 185 markets in 41 countries worldwide.

About Claritas Capital
Claritas Capital, a Nashville-based private equity firm, is an active investor in technology, health care, business services, and real estate. The investment partners support high quality management teams by providing minority capital for growth and expansion. The firm has made equity investments in over 50 companies that have collectively raised an excess of $6 billion of financing.