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DISH and Dell Technologies Will Build the Country's First Open RAN 5G Edge Infrastructure

Dell Technologies | June 18, 2021

Dell Technologies and DISH Network Corporation have entered into a strategic infrastructure agreement to enable DISH's development of the U.S.' first cloud-native, Open RAN-based 5G network. With an ecosystem of partners, technologies, and Dell's open infrastructure foundation, the companies are rethinking how 5G RAN networks are created and deployed.

DISH is building a 5G network that is open and cloud-native from the bottom up. Dell Technologies will supply the basis for DISH's edge network infrastructure, powering devices, software, and solutions that will enable customers to take advantage of the connectivity and business opportunities made available by the combination of 5G and edge computing.

"Through our collaboration with Dell Technologies, we will have the hardware and software infrastructure required to realize the power and promise of 5G fully." "Dell's open ecosystem approach will enable us to grow our RAN network with agility, speed, and consistency, resulting in new business possibilities for both enterprise and consumer clients and completing our cloud plan," said Marc Rouanne, DISH chief network officer. "We chose Dell's technology because they have a proven track record of transforming networks as well as a readiness to collaborate with us on developing and deploying Infrastructure as Code" (IaC). We're one step closer to deploying the United States' first cloud-native, Open RAN 5G network."

DISH will deploy Dell open hardware and software infrastructure for its 5G network, which will connect millions of people and power 5G and edge use cases in industries such as healthcare, education, government, retail, manufacturing, banking, and others, using Dell Technologies' security software and global supply chain. DISH can simplify and automate software and service deployment across geographic locations by utilizing Dell's zero-touch provisioning, and deployment of containerized RAN network functions.

"DISH is breaking new ground by developing a cloud-native 5G network intended for a future where edge computing and new 5G use cases meet in unexpected ways," said Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president, and general manager of Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business. "We will use our decades of digital transformation experience to assist simplify and automate DISH's 5G RAN and edge network fast rollout."

About Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform their work, life, and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

About DISH Wireless

DISH Network Corporation is a connectivity company. Since 1980, it has served as a disruptive force, driving innovation and value on behalf of consumers. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides television entertainment and award-winning technology to millions of customers with its satellite DISH TV and streaming SLING TV services. In 2020, the company became a nationwide U.S. wireless carrier through the acquisition of Boost Mobile. DISH innovates in wireless, building the nation's first cloud-native, Open RAN-based 5G broadband network. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company.

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Element Critical Partners with Megaport

Element Critical | November 15, 2022

Element Critical announces its partnership with Megaport, a leading Network as a Service (NaaS) provider, to optimize enterprise network agility for customers adopting hybrid data center architectures. Network interconnection demand is accelerating with the adoption of edge infrastructures and connected network services. Enterprises increasingly require practical and highly connected data storage solutions to meet performance, compliance, security, and cost optimization business outcomes. Through this partnership, Element Critical customers will be able to directly connect to the world's leading cloud providers, such as AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Megaport's global ecosystem of over 700 enabled data centers and 360+ service providers, via a secure flexible network. "Element Critical has established a footprint in several of the nation's fastest-growing markets, and we're pleased to partner to help customers simplify their data center interconnect and hybrid cloud deployment strategies." Nick Balletta, senior vice president of Global Corporate Development, Megaport Anchoring Element Critical's cloud connect offerings, the Megaport network will help customers optimize their hybrid IT solutions with secure and direct interconnection to public cloud service providers with higher performance, lower latency, greater control, and improved reliability. Customers that adopt private interconnection avoid risky public internet connection and benefit from reduced cloud egress fees compared to internet rates, delivering significant cost savings. Customers will also have the flexibility to right-size their connections to ensure they can scale services while optimizing costs, dialing bandwidth up or down at any time. Near instantaneous provisioning also offers rapid business agility. "Interconnection solutions for digital infrastructure are vital to scale in today's business-everywhere landscape," said Steve Weaver, chief revenue officer of Element Critical. "Megaport will help our customers unite business connectivity in an easy-to-use platform and extend their reach everywhere they need to be." Element Critical customers can establish seamless connectivity between regions and cloud service providers without the need to own and manage physical infrastructure at the cloud edge. Establishing direct connectivity to numerous leading cloud and network providers will help customers achieve global reach over localized connections on the Megaport network. About Element Critical Element Critical is among the fastest-growing data center service providers in the United States, with locations in Chicago, Austin, Houston, Silicon Valley, and Virginia. Led by an executive team comprised of industry veterans, the company features an expanding portfolio of Hybrid IT-ready facilities in strategic markets across the country with a steadfast commitment to meeting the diverse needs of today's business and technology leaders. About Megaport Megaport is a leading provider of Network as a Service (NaaS) solutions. The company's global Software Defined Network (SDN) helps businesses rapidly connect their network to services via an easy-to-use portal or our open API. Megaport offers agile networking capabilities that reduce operating costs and increase speed to market compared to traditional networking solutions. Megaport partners with the world's top cloud service providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as the largest data center operators, systems integrators and managed service providers in the world. Megaport is an ISO/IEC 27001-certified company.

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Virtual-Q Selects Juniper Networks to Provide Scalable, Automated Data Center Infrastructure

Juniper Networks | October 11, 2022

Juniper Networks, a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced that Virtual-Q, a provider of IT Services and IT Consulting, has selected Juniper Apstra data center solutions to modernize and automate its network infrastructure to provide a scalable and seamless customer experience. Based in Houston, Texas, Virtual-Q specializes in IT-as-a-Service through its hosted desktop solution, streamlining the costs associated with remote IT solutions. The company delivers enterprise-class security, computing, support and disaster recovery solutions to businesses across all sectors and sizes. Virtual-Q had been operating with a network that lacked scalability and struggled to meet the increasing hybrid and virtual customer demands associated with the pandemic. With the need to accommodate large-scale growth but also be able to easily manage and operate, Virtual-Q turned to Juniper Networks to help design and build their new network, along with support from Juniper’s partner GDT. Apstra was deployed to simplify and automate data center operations management from design to deployment through everyday operations and assurance. Additionally, Apstra delivers a high level of visibility into the network fabric, allowing for faster resolution times and increased operational efficiencies. With an approach to data center operations based on the insight that a reliability-focused strategy results in speed and efficiency, Apstra enables Virtual-Q to transform their operations. By also deploying Juniper’s QFX switches, EX switches and MX series universal routing platforms, Virtual-Q is well-positioned to expand its capacity with 400G bandwidth, develop a cloud-ready network infrastructure that can grow alongside its evolving data center needs and meet its 1,082 percent annual growth rate. The company also utilizes Juniper professional services. Supporting Quotes: “Juniper Apstra allows us to seamlessly manage and automate our data center infrastructure without compromising our ability to serve our customers. With Apstra’s intent-based design, operators can focus on what needs to be accomplished in the data center instead of how it should be done. As one of the most user-friendly products on the market, we are excited to see the transformation Apstra will bring to our network operations.” Victor J. Quinones, Jr., Founder and CEO, Virtual-Q “In addition to simplifying data center management, Apstra allows its customers to automate each aspect of the design, deployment and operation of their data center infrastructure. Apstra enables Virtual-Q to lay a strong foundation for reliable and flexible operations regardless of vendor.” Mansour Karam, VP of Products, Juniper Networks About Juniper Networks Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability and equality.

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Fluree and ZettaLabs Announce Merger to Serve Enterprises Seeking Data-Centric Architecture and Legacy Data Infrastructure Modernization

Fluree | September 22, 2022

Fluree, a company headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which has developed a distributed ledger graph database platform, and New Jersey-based ZettaLabs, a business that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to prepare raw data for analytics use, today announced the merger of the two companies. The combination of Fluree and ZettaLabs will enable Fluree to expand its offerings beyond its established expertise of working with “green-field,” new data-centric initiatives that encompass bleeding-edge innovation. With ZettaLabs now part of Fluree, the company possesses the prowess to tackle enterprise legacy data architectures and take the first steps toward modernization. All ZettaLabs employees will integrate into the Fluree ecosystem, bringing Fluree’s total headcount to 50. “At Fluree, we are building the data infrastructure for the future,” said Brian Platz, Fluree co-founder and CEO. “While many of our customers enjoy the unique benefits of our semantic graph distributed ledger database technology, we recognize that organizations first need a way out of their entrenched silos in order to build their end-goal infrastructures. Dealing with legacy infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges for modern businesses, but nearly 74% of organizations are failing to complete legacy data migration projects today due to inefficient tooling and a lack of interoperability. By adding the ZettaLabs team and product suite to our own, Fluree is poised to help organizations on their data infrastructure transformation journeys by uniquely addressing all major aspects of migration and integration: security, governance and semantic interoperability.” ZettaSense has been rebranded as Fluree Sense. The data pipeline that uses AI and machine learning, as well as ontologies, to normalize, cleanse and harmonize data from disparate data sources that need to be integrated in a way that eliminates any requirement for additional data governance, master data management or data quality software. Fluree Sense makes data in existing legacy databases, data warehouses and data lakes ready for downstream enterprise consumption and sharing, whether in analytic repositories like Snowflake or Databricks, or Fluree’s immutable knowledge graph database. “We developed our flagship product, ZettaSense, to ingest, classify, resolve and cleanse big data coming from a variety of sources. who will become Fluree’s president. “The problem is that the underlying data technical architecture -- with multiple operational data stores, warehouses and lakes, now spreading out across multiple clouds -- is continuing to grow in complexity. Now with Fluree, our shared customer base and any new customers can evolve to a modern and elegant data-centric infrastructure that will allow them to more efficiently and effectively share cleansed data both inside and outside its organizational borders." Eliud Polanco, co-founder and CEO of ZettaLabs The merger, the first in Fluree’s history, makes Fluree a go-to company for roughly 90% of businesses hindered by legacy infrastructure and database systems that do not have the toolset or talent to undergo an effective transformation. It also augments Fluree’s customer base, which now includes large, enterprise financial-services customers. Use cases for Fluree Sense include: Legacy data migrations that cleanse and harmonize data from multiple sources to enable migration from a legacy enterprise business platform to a target digital platform; Customer data integrations that integrate customer, account, product and transaction data from across multiple data sources into a single golden 360-degree customer record; Consent management that enables active customer consent and control of how data is shared across products, regions and business functions within an organization; and, Cross-border data residency that allows secure sharing of information across borders adhering to the various national data-privacy regulations using multi-party computation. “We don’t have a lack of data today — we have a lack of high-quality data,” said Peter Serenita, retired Chief Data Officer and current chairman of the New York City-headquartered nonprofit organization Enterprise Data Management Council. “This is why it is essential for enterprises to take a data-centric approach to their modernization initiatives in order to truly transform their legacy infrastructure and eliminate their data silos for good. Joining forces with the ZettaLabs team and product will allow Fluree to continue its mission of turning big data into better data for sustainable business outcomes.” While Fluree currently serves the existing enterprise data management market as an innovative database solution, it is mostly for new data projects that have identified a specific requirement for data trust, integrity, sharing or security. The merger with ZettaLabs enables Fluree to provide value to all enterprise data teams looking to get a handle on their legacy infrastructure and modernize their platforms to satisfy increasingly complex business goals. Fluree now has a full spectrum of data management capabilities for organizations — from the first step of integrating and migrating legacy system data infrastructure with ZettaLabs’ technology to building modernized operational and analytical data infrastructure atop Fluree’s database system. “Fluree’s merger with ZettaLabs is directly in line with Fluree’s vision to deliver data-centric capabilities to modernize enterprise data abilities,” said Dan Malven, managing director of 4490 Ventures, a Madison-based venture capital firm and Fluree lead investor. “Enterprises seeking data-centric architectures now not only have a landing place with Fluree’s core ledger graph database technology, but also now a starting point for their legacy infrastructure to onboard their data management into data centricity.” About Fluree Co-founded in 2016 by CEO Brian Platz and Executive Chairman Flip Filipowski, Fluree PBC is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fluree is pioneering a data-first technology approach with its data management platform. It guarantees data integrity, facilitates secure data sharing and powers data-driven insights. The Fluree platform organizes blockchain-secured data in a scalable semantic graph database — establishing a foundational layer of trusted data for connected and secure data ecosystems. The company’s foundation is a set of W3C semantic web standards that facilitate trusted data interoperability. Fluree currently employs 50.

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