IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Qualitest | August 25, 2021
Qualitest the world's leading AI-powered quality engineering company, announces today that it has bolstered its 20-year relationship with BT Group the UK's largest mobile and broadband provider. BT recently unveiled its ambition to offer 5G solutions across the entire UK by 2028 and deliver the UK's first fully converged network by the mid-2020s. Qualitest's Managed Test Service (MTS) which significantly expands the scope of the engagement will help to ensure a consistent, positive user experience for consumer and business customers while this generational network transformation takes place.
Prior to this contract, Qualitest has been working in partnership with BT, delivering smaller functional elements of the testing within EE's mobile network and infrastructure technologies, while working in tandem with BT to provide integration testing as a whole. Qualitest also supports the orchestration of BT's test labs, as well as providing engineering support, in collaboration with BT. This new MTS contract represents a deepening of the relationship, where Qualitest will deliver approximately 70% of the testing enabled by a new Quality Management Office. The more complete scope and remodelling of the service has enabled an increased focus on key programs delivering significant customer benefits.
Qualitest will use automation and in-house talent to handle testing activities, resulting in significant savings and added value for BT. The company's Qualisense AI suite of testing tools, which provides a 360-degree approach to machine learning, enables data-driven decision-making. This addresses risk in key areas and measurement and analysis of the impacts of any changes to the system. The setup of the Quality Management Office will help Qualitest to leverage more transformational activities – such as agile approaches and methods to further accelerate service delivery – providing the necessary measures and controls to efficiently drive the mobile network testing effort.
"BT runs the biggest and best mobile network in the UK today and has impressive ambitions for the future," said Anbu Muppidathi, Qualitest President and CEO (Designate). "It is a real affirmation of our relationship that Qualitest is being entrusted with ensuring the quality of EE's entire mobile network. As the first operator to roll out 5G in the UK, EE is at the forefront of technological advances, and we're excited at this opportunity to enable the company to stay at the top of its game."
"Qualitest has been a crucial partner in ensuring the continued quality of EE's network for our customers," said Lisa Lessels, Quality Assurance and Integration Director at BT. "Our network ambition demands huge technological transformation, from a new 5G core and 5G standalone, to vast expansion of rural 4G coverage and the use of space technologies to provide coverage in the farthest corners of the UK. Qualitest helps us both scale and upskill our workforce and improve our access to tools that will ensure that we continue to deliver standout customer experiences during this transformation, which is one of the main pillars of our corporate strategy."
Founded in 1997, Qualitest offers a wide range of AI-powered quality engineering solutions, designed to mitigate the business risk associated with digital adoption. Qualitest achieves this by deploying engagement models tailored to the precise quality engineering needs of technology platforms in the financial services, telecom, healthcare, insurance, tech, media, and utilities industries. It has operations in the US, UK, Germany, Romania, Israel, Argentina, Mexico, and Portugal, and serves over 250 blue-chip customers worldwide. Qualitest is majority-owned by international private equity group Bridgepoint, which acquired the company in October 2019 via its €5.7 billion flagship fund BE VI.
Involta | December 29, 2021
Global investment firm Carlyle announced today that funds managed by Carlyle have agreed to acquire Involta, a data center company focused on hybrid IT and cloud infrastructure, including data center colocation, hybrid cloud, edge, fiber, and related products.
Involta owns and operates 12 data center facilities and an in-house 12,000+ fiber-mile network. These assets, paired with strategic infrastructure services, provide mission-critical IT solutions to businesses across the United States. Carlyle's capital, resources, and expertise will help expand Involta's operations, which today are located primarily in the Midwest as well as the Pacific Northwest and Southwestern U.S., helping grow its capabilities for both new and existing customers.
Joshua Pang, Head of Digital Infrastructure for Carlyle's Infrastructure Group, said, "Involta has built a world-class platform with a demonstrated operating model for delivering high-quality service to customers in an increasingly complex, hybrid cloud-based world. We see significant opportunity for growth given the long-term secular demand drivers of data proliferation, digital connectivity, and the digitization of enterprise and institutional operating models. We look forward to a strong, long-term partnership and to leveraging Carlyle's scale, resources, and access to capital to drive sustainable growth at Involta."
Pooja Goyal, Chief Investment Officer of Carlyle's Infrastructure Group, said, "This investment is consistent with our strategy of partnering with best-in-class businesses positioned for continued growth in the digital infrastructure space. Digital infrastructure is a key sector focus for our platform and we will continue to grow our portfolio with both high growth opportunities as well as stabilized assets."
"We are thrilled to work with Carlyle's proven investment team as we build on our national market leadership and support our customers' growing digital infrastructure requirements. We see many logical opportunities to continue expanding Involta's footprint and infrastructure, and look forward to leveraging Carlyle's global resources and deep expertise to further accelerate our growth momentum."
Bruce Lehrman, Founder and CEO of Involta
This transaction supports Carlyle's growth in infrastructure investing, which includes investments in infrastructure companies supporting the digital economy. Earlier this year, Carlyle acquired Wyyerd Group, a leading regional fiber-to-home platform in the Southwestern United States, and recently completed an add-on fiber acquisition for that platform in December 2021.
Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit and Global Investment Solutions. With $293 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2021, Carlyle's purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. Carlyle employs more than 1,800 people in 26 offices across five continents.
Involta is an award-winning hybrid IT and cloud-forward consulting firm orchestrating digital transformation for the nation's leading enterprises. Involta's ongoing mission is rooted in partnership. Its personalized approach identifies customers' requirements while earning their trust to ultimately deliver Superior Infrastructure and Services, Operational Excellence and People Who Deliver, keeping with the Involta brand promise.
Involta pairs strategic consulting with the unique ability to leverage owned data centers and infrastructure assets, empowering businesses with necessary security and reliability requirements. Its well-defined, rigorous process to deliver hybrid cloud, edge, consulting, and data center services have earned the company several designations, including a KLAS rating and review for partial healthcare IT outsourcing excellence. The company has also been recognized on several CRN lists and has been named one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc.5000 for nine consecutive years.
About M/C Partners
M/C Partners is a private equity firm focused on small and mid-size businesses in the digital infrastructure and technology services sectors. For more than three decades M/C Partners has invested $2.4 billion of capital in over 140 companies, leveraging its deep industry expertise to understand long-term secular trends and identify growth opportunities. The firm is currently investing its eighth fund, partnering with promising companies and leadership teams to support, scale, and improve operations and maximize value.
DataBridge | December 14, 2021
DataBridge Sites, a state-of-the-art Data Center provider, that supports off-site business critical IT environments, is proud to announce their relationship with Source One Business Services an Ellicott City, Maryland based business advisory firm that supports privately held, middle market businesses located in the Mid-Atlantic region.
DataBridge Sites is providing Source One with a custom private cloud platform to support their clients. “At Source One, our sole objective is to provide value to our clients so they can run their business at its optimal level. A one size fits all approach does not align with our clients diverse needs. We believe DataBridges’ private cloud platform offers the flexibility required to support our growing off-premise solution.” Said Eric Alt, Director IT Advisory.
The DataBridge Sites Custom Private Cloud leverages world class cloud design and engineering teams to create a highly secure, compliant, flexible and scalable dedicated cloud environment for enterprise customers of all sizes. They are experts in transitioning in-house IT Infrastructure to Colocation and/or Private Cloud Services, which gives their customers 100% control of their environment. DataBridge is a true partner that works with the company’s IT team on infrastructure design to meet all of their specific requirements. Their expertise results in improved resource utilization, increased security, and reduced cost (operational expense vs capital expense).
“DataBridge Sites is a proven leader in giving their clients peace of mind and eliminates any fear, uncertainty, and doubt that their data will be inaccessible in a shared public cloud environment. Our business is founded on a customer first approach. We believe each customer has unique needs, and our proven discovery process allows us to get to know their business objectives and identify the means to fortify digital security. Most importantly, we deliver an approach that is flexible and scalable.”
Corey Blanton, Chief Operating Officer DataBridge Sites
DataBridge Sites currently serves over 100 customers in Maryland and Chicago data centers offering more than 100,000 square feet of data center space, with more than 15 megawatts of available power.
About DataBridge Sites
DataBridge Sites operates state-of-art, purpose-built data centers that house mission-critical equipment and data for its customers. These facilities were designed to meet the highest uptime, power density, cooling and bandwidth requirements of today’s demanding IT infrastructure requirements. DataBridge Sites has over 100,000 square feet of purpose-built data center space available in locations that are approximately 20 miles outside of Baltimore, Washington DC, and Chicago. Each facility offers compliant colocation, private and multi-tenant cloud, and disaster recovery services. Begin your digital cloud transformation at DataBridge Sites.