The Denver startup Ping Identity is entering a partnership with Sprint, the latest in a series of victories for the company. PingOne, Ping Identity's cloud-based single sign-on and access management app, will now be bundled and preconfigured with the package that Sprint offers its business clients.
PingOne allows IT professionals to secure their networks and provides access to cloud-based business apps. Initially, only the Google Apps suite will be available, but more work-oriented apps, possibly thousands, are promised in the near future.
Andre Durand, CEO of Ping said months ago that the company had considered partnering with a wireless carrier to increase its reach. “Identity security is hot, and it is a market in the midst of a massive technology shift that will reshape the entire industry,” said Durand in a statement.
Working with Sprint and its 54.6 million customers signals further impending growth for Ping, as well as a workforce that's shifting away from the office and toward mobile devices.
Ping Identity has raised about $110 million from investors, including a remarkable $35 million round last month. It employs 350 people in Denver and is well regarded for its intertwined commitments to performance and culture, to convenience and security. Along with PingOne, it recently released PingID, granting businesses the multi-factor authentication that they increasingly demand as infosec remains big news.
Sprint is the third largest carrier on earth, and is taking steps to compete with AT&T and Verizon for business customers, including selling access to Google Apps for Work.