CenturyLink Continues to Help Digital Businesses in APAC, Expands Global Cloud Alliance with Dell and VMware

CenturyLink | July 07, 2020

CenturyLink, Inc. announced it has expanded its global cloud alliance with Dell Technologies, Inc. and VMware, Inc. to offer a hybrid cloud solution designed to help digital businesses in Asia Pacific successfully modernise their application workloads and manage their cloud journey. By 2021, over 90 per cent of enterprises in Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) will rely on a mix of on-premises/dedicated private cloud, several public clouds and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs according to IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2020 Predictions - APEJ Implications. This collaboration immediately offers customers the benefits of a fully managed software-defined data centre (SDDC) solution deployable in more than 2,200 CenturyLink network-connected private and public data centres worldwide. This complete SDDC solution with built-in automation enables improved security and new levels of control and scalability across private and public clouds to deliver a consistent customer experience.

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Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud-scale applications bring new requirements for datacenter infrastructure strategies. But where have we seen this before? The evolution of High-Performance Computing (HPC) offers lessons that provide a framework for projecting the fast-evolving needs of SaaS and cloud-scale application infrastructure.

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Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud-scale applications bring new requirements for datacenter infrastructure strategies. But where have we seen this before? The evolution of High-Performance Computing (HPC) offers lessons that provide a framework for projecting the fast-evolving needs of SaaS and cloud-scale application infrastructure.

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Dell Technologies Transforms the Edge with Project Frontier Software Platform

Dell Technologies | October 13, 2022

Dell Technologies introduces Project Frontier, which will deliver an edge operations software platform, integrated with Dell's edge portfolio, for customers to more securely manage and orchestrate edge applications and infrastructure for deployments at global scale. The complexities of edge operations—in locations from manufacturing floors and retail stores to remote wind turbines—are growing as more organizations want to manage and secure data at the source but have limited IT support to do it. According to a 2022 IDC survey, 42% of businesses say the most challenging aspect of edge deployments is putting together an entire edge solution1. With the amount of data generated growing nine times annually and expected to reach 221 exabytes by 20262, organizations need a simple and effective way to manage and secure the diverse ecosystem of edge technologies. "We're seeing exponential growth in applications running at the edge, making edge the next frontier of business transformation—where devices, infrastructure and data come together to deliver real-time insights at scale. "With this growth, comes complexity. It's not feasible to have IT staff deployed at every edge location. Our decades of edge experience combined with our new solutions help customers simplify their edge and streamline their data to gain insights ranging from factory safety and the speed and precision of patient care in hospitals, while providing more choice in how they realize their edge and multicloud technologies." Gil Shneorson, senior vice president of edge solutions, Dell Technologies Dell's Project Frontier to more securely scale edge operations for any enterprise use case With the Project Frontier edge operations software platform, customers can expect: Their choice of software applications, IoT frameworks, operational technologies (OT), multicloud environments and future technologies supported by an open design that will consolidate existing and new enterprise edge use cases. Zero Trust-enabled security protection across edge applications, data and infrastructure, from design to deployment, backed by end-to-end supply chain security measures. Greater efficiency and reliability of end-to-end edge operations with centralized management, zero-touch deployment and secure device onboarding. Minimal need for IT expertise in the field with automation to streamline edge deployments and operations across potentially thousands of edge locations. Integration of edge compute and storage hardware with workloads for ease of serviceability and increased security. Global planning and support services across 170 countries to help design edge deployments and create a roadmap for scaling customers' edge infrastructure to meet new demand. As an example, Dell Technologies is one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and manages one of the largest global supply chains. Dell plans to deploy the edge platform to deliver increased production line efficiencies by simplifying operations, securely connecting critical data from the production floor to IT infrastructure and enabling real-time reporting of automation data. Additionally, with the Dell Edge Design Program, Dell is collaborating with customers to help design and shape the development of Project Frontier to meet their specific needs. "IDC sees a wide range of locations where modern edge workloads will be deployed, and it is critical that these environments are highly resilient and can operate with limited human intervention," said Jennifer Cooke, IDC Research Director for Edge Strategies. "Dell's efforts with its Project Frontier look to be a strong step forward in realizing an architecture to address these needs and help customers streamline their edge operations." "Dell Technologies and Atos have long worked together to deliver more value to businesses by helping them realize the full potential of their data," said Arnaud Langer, Global Edge and IoT senior product director, Atos. "We look forward to collaborating on new edge innovations that can help organizations significantly simplify and secure their edge while improving business outcomes." Innovations across Dell infrastructure and end user portfolio simplify edge deployments As Project Frontier comes to life, Dell is expanding its current edge portfolio to help businesses scale and manage their edge deployments. Edge analytics and operations: Manufacturers can remove complexities and streamline how they deploy edge applications with an enhanced Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge. The solution now includes new Dell-validated partner applications to support advanced edge use cases and improve factory processes and efficiencies, while reducing waste and raw materials usage for more sustainable operations. For example, Claroty provides asset discovery, network protection, threat detection and vulnerability and risk management for cyber-physical systems. Cognex machine vision helps improve manufacturing quality and performance by eliminating defects, verifying assembly and tracking information during the production process. Telit automates data collection and management from sensors, devices, machines and factories with its IoT platform. XMPro creates composable digital twins of factory operations to help manufacturers save time and materials during the factory operating process. Manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in demand and enable reconfigurable production lines with Dell's private 5G capability. Edge compute and analytics: The Dell PowerEdge XR4000 is the shortest depth server in the Dell PowerEdge family at about the size of a shoebox. The XR4000 is 60% shorter than traditional data center servers, and its multiple mounting options allow it to be installed in a rack, on walls or ceilings, saving valuable floor space. The multi-node, 2U chassis server can survive unpredictable conditions like heat waves or falls. While small, the XR4000 is a high-performance server capable of supporting a wide range of edge workloads and is designed with Intel® Xeon® D processors with multi-operating system as well as optional GPU support. The XR4000 is available with the Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge and powers new Dell VxRail rugged modular nodes, delivering high performance and scalability in high latency, low bandwidth locations. Edge data collection: Built to withstand the most demanding edge locations, the Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet is the industry's lightest3, most powerful4, 12" fully-rugged tablet. Designed to operate in extreme cold and hot environments, this tablet is rated for maximum protection against dust, dirt and water—ideal for first responders and outdoor environments. New Wi-Fi 6E5 capability with dual-band support provides more reliable connectivity, 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors deliver powerful performance, and optional integrated features, such as a barcode scanner, GPS module and smartcard reader, increase productivity in the field. The tablet is made to be viewed in the brightest, harshest lighting with the largest screen-area for a 12" fully-rugged, military-grade tablet6. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era. Copyright © 2022 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. Dell Technologies and Dell are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Exelon Optimizes its Operations with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle | September 27, 2022

Oracle today announced that the Exelon Corporation, the nation's largest transmission and distribution utility company, is moving its cloud-first vision forward with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). By moving several of its Oracle utility applications to OCI, Exelon will be able to further meet its sustainability goals by consolidating data centers, reducing costs, and continuing to deliver on its strong record of customer satisfaction. "Exelon is a leader in the utility market who has long been at the forefront of investing in technologies that create a better experience for its customers while also being proactive in achieving important sustainability goals," said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Energy and Water. "The move to OCI is a natural progression of Oracle's work with Exelon to help the company continue to meet its aggressive growth, cost-efficiency, and net-zero by 2050 commitments." Exelon serves more than 10 million customers in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic United States through six fully regulated transmission and distribution utilities. "Our mission is to deliver the clean, reliable, and affordable energy needed to create a brighter, more sustainable future. "Oracle has supported this mission by innovating with Exelon across critical pieces of our operations - from energy efficiency to customer service. Oracle's unique utility and back-office applications combined with the price, performance, and security of OCI is a powerful combination that will continue to help us scale our cloud-first strategy." Michael Menendez, vice president of IT Architecture & Engineering, Exelon Corporation From the cloud to carbon reduction and customer care Accenture, a long-time digital transformation partner of Exelon, will help the company move a number of integral applications to the cloud. These include Oracle's customer information system (CIS) and meter data management solutions. The CIS application, in conjunction with Oracle CX solutions, is currently being used across several of the Exelon utilities, providing a single view of the customer that helps Exelon foster a better, more personalized experience – from service call interactions to accurate billing. Likewise, meter data management is helping Exelon capture smart meter data to optimize its use to help support its core operations, energy reliability, and customer innovation. In addition, by leveraging the Oracle Support Rewards, Exelon will be able to shift key applications to OCI for better performance, availability, and security - all for a lower cost. "Evolving customer and employee expectations make delivering impactful, sustainable experiences a critical imperative," said Laurence Bellenguez, the Accenture Oracle Business Group Industry lead for North America. "OCI, coupled with Accenture's technology and industry expertise, is helping Exelon reimagine its employee and customer experience – providing more personalized interactions and significant operational efficiencies, with sustainability at its core." Exelon is also taking advantage of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Resident Architect Program, a highly personalized service designed to streamline adoption and successful use of OCI based on Exelon's specific workloads. With the Resident Architect Program, Exelon is supported by a dedicated team of Oracle Enterprise Cloud Architects and Specialists to augment its existing team and provide deep industry expertise and broad technical OCI proficiency. About Oracle Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.

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ExteNet Systems Announces Exclusive, Expanded Partnership with T-Mobile

ExteNet Systems, LLC | November 29, 2022

ExteNet Systems, a leading privately held owner of LTE/5G wireless and fiber neutral-host communications infrastructure, today announced it has entered an exclusive agreement with T-Mobile to deploy digital wireless infrastructure in large sports, entertainment, hospitality and transportation venues, as well as to rationalize and decommission T-Mobile's overlapping network assets inherited from its merger with Sprint. The agreement, which expands ExteNet's existing relationship with T-Mobile as a primary wireless carrier in its contracted venues, is expected to deliver best-in-class wireless communications in commercial sites, creating unparalleled experiences for guests and users. Under the terms of the agreement, ExteNet will deploy, own and operate the digital wireless infrastructure for large venues, and every venue contract couples ExteNet's infrastructure deployment with T-Mobile, as the first committed carrier. This represents an industry first in enabling the extension of 5G wireless capabilities and state-of-the-art technology to fans and guests, with deployment timeframes up to two times faster. "We are thrilled to continue building our relationship with T-Mobile to bring high-quality and cost-effective infrastructure operations to our clients and venue partners. "This collaboration enables a turnkey, win-win road map for T-Mobile's consumer and business clients alike as we bring a revolutionary Un-carrier approach to venue contracting." Rich Coyle, ExteNet Systems Chief Executive Officer As part of the expanded partnership, ExteNet will rationalize T-Mobile's small cell framework and upgrade existing infrastructure, implementing a high-quality and cost-effective solution to deliver streamlined, faster and more efficient 5G wireless networks. These enhancements, which will be done without any service interruptions, are expected to provide a superior end-user experience and a competitive advantage for T-Mobile, as well as further elevate ExteNet's reputation for innovative and customer-centric Un-carrier approach to venue contracting. The rollout of the expanded agreement between ExteNet and T-Mobile, which took effect on October 1, 2022, is already underway. As part of the agreement, T-Mobile will be the first carrier to join the new wireless network ExteNet is deploying in each MGM Resorts property nationwide. In September 2022, ExteNet announced a groundbreaking partnership with MGM Resorts International to bring state-of-the-art distributed wireless networks to 25 MGM properties, consisting of 54 million square feet, more than 43,000 guest rooms, and serving more than 70 million visitors annually. About ExteNet Systems, LLC Lisle, IL-based, soon to be Frisco, TX-based, ExteNet Systems, LLC is the leading national provider of converged communications infrastructure and services addressing outdoor, real estate, communities, and enterprise advanced connectivity needs. ExteNet's strategy is customer-centered, and its mission is to provide best-in-class connectivity solutions, including fiber and mobility, for its customers. Major investors in ExteNet Systems include Digital Bridge (NYSE: BDRG), John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. "ExteNet®" is a registered trademark of ExteNet Systems, LLC.

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