IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Qualitest and BT Evolve Partnership to Support Quality Assurance of 5G Solutions Anywhere in the UK

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."

About Qualitest:
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.

Spotlight

Your IT infrastructure can no longer be considered a support function. There is increasing need for IT infrastructure to align with business objectives and deliver outcomes that help execute business strategy faster and more cost-efficiently. While IT organizations must assiduously focus on operational improvements and incremental changes to enable continuous cost efficiencies, they simultaneously must focus on transformation (step changes) to support more innovative ways of working.

Spotlight

Your IT infrastructure can no longer be considered a support function. There is increasing need for IT infrastructure to align with business objectives and deliver outcomes that help execute business strategy faster and more cost-efficiently. While IT organizations must assiduously focus on operational improvements and incremental changes to enable continuous cost efficiencies, they simultaneously must focus on transformation (step changes) to support more innovative ways of working.

Related News

APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Dell Technologies Edge Advancements Extend IT Beyond the Data Center

Dell Technologies | October 14, 2021

Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes extend automation and lifecycle management capabilities to smallest configuration to date for edge workloads Dell Technologies Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge with Litmus helps manufacturers make quick decisions to improve quality and reduce costs Dell EMC Edge Gateway connects multiple edge devices across operational technology and IT environments to deliver real-time data insights Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform optimizes GPUs to ingest streaming video and supports real-time analytics on Dell EMC VxRail and PowerEdge systems Dell Latitude Rugged laptops can withstand harsh edge environments while maintaining high levels of performance and connectivity Dell Technologies announces edge innovations across its infrastructure and PC portfolio to help organizations simplify deployments and capture more value from data generated and processed outside the traditional data center and public cloud—from rugged and remote locations to retail stores and factory floors. The edge is technology's next great frontier, and it's all around us, everywhere from retail to manufacturing, smart cities and hospitals,At Dell, we're innovating simple solutions, so organizations can analyze data closer to where it's created, make faster decisions, improve outcomes and drive progress. Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer, Dell Technologies Research firm IDC estimates that 50% of new IT infrastructure will be deployed at the edge by 2023.1 With 69% of the Fortune 100 already using Dell Technologies edge solutions2, the company supports data life cycle needs for what is becoming the next major technology frontier. New solutions and updates announced today include: Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes bring VxRail's operational model and efficiencies to edge sites with a reduced infrastructure footprint. Now verticals like retail, manufacturing and remote branch offices can get started with VxRail for less. As the only HCI solution jointly engineered with VMware, VxRail satellite node single-node deployments automate day-to-day operations, health monitoring and lifecycle management from a centralized location without the need for local technical and specialized resources. Dell Technologies Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge with Litmus helps businesses connect, manage and orchestrate disparate industrial edge devices, data and applications—from the factory floor to the enterprise cloud—with no programming required. Manufacturers can make quick decisions to repair equipment before it fails, improve production quality and save costs with real-time data analytics and centralized device management provided by the enterprise-grade Litmus Industrial IoT edge platform. Built on Dell EMC VxRail or PowerEdge servers, with the option to use VMware Edge Compute Stack, this is the second solution from Dell Technologies to help businesses tackle manufacturing edge deployment complexity. Dell EMC Edge Gateway Dell EMC Edge Gateway helps companies securely connect multiple edge devices across OT and IT environments to provide valuable insights. This compact, 5G capable3, fanless Edge Gateway with 9th Gen Intel® Core™ processors is designed to work in industrial environments and withstand temperature ranges from minus 4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The gateway, available direct to customers and through OEM engagements, offers storage and compute capabilities that can run localized data processing and analytics applications, helping solve data collection and processing pain points. Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform (SDP) adds enhanced GPU optimization to ingest streaming video in a lower latency and frame rate environment and support real-time analytics on Dell EMC VxRail and PowerEdge servers. Organizations can run lightweight workloads on a single core using a new edge bundle, so they can start small and scale their infrastructure based on IT needs. Latitude 5430 Rugged and Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme laptops are designed to withstand harsh environments while maintaining the highest levels of performance and connectivity. The Latitude 5430 Rugged laptop is 5G capable3 and ready for work from anywhere as the industry's lightest4, most-powerful5 14" semi-rugged laptop. The Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme laptop is 5G-capable6 and ready to take on the most extreme environments as the industry's smallest 13" fully-rugged laptop.7 These innovations are the latest examples of how Dell is expanding its existing edge portfolio with capabilities to meet unique customer needs. Dell Technologies APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud, announced at VMworld, provides a Dell-managed secure and consistent platform for organizations to move workloads across multiple cloud and edge environments and scale resources quickly with predictable pricing and transparent costs. Additionally, new Dell EMC PowerEdge tower and rack servers help organizations manage everything from business-critical workloads to virtualization at the edge. "Technology leaders are facing the very tall order of finding the right infrastructure to manage data at the edge and the right solutions to capture value from that data to make real-time, data-driven decisions," said Matthew Eastwood, senior vice president, IDC. "The Dell Technologies edge portfolio spanning infrastructure, PC and services helps organizations of all sizes make sense of their data." Dell Technologies powers Topgolf's technology-driven sports experiences Topgolf Entertainment Group has brought over 23 million guests together annually, across its 72 venues in 5 countries, to connect at the intersection of technology and entertainment. Topgolf uses Dell EMC VxRail at its venues to provide the onsite computing needed to help deliver these experiences for customers. "Topgolf connects people in meaningful ways through technology-enabled sports experiences," said Andrew Macaulay, chief technology officer, Topgolf Entertainment Group. "Dell Technologies provides an invaluable component of our strategy, and powers critical technology including our Toptracer technology, which is key to the guest experience." Availability Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes are globally available on November 30, 2021. New Dell Technologies Edge Gateway model will be globally available in early 2022. Dell Technologies Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge will be globally available on October 26, 2021. Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform updates will be globally available on October 30, 2021. Dell Latitude Rugged 5430 and 7730 laptops will be globally available for order on Dec. 9, 2021, shipping with Windows 11. 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.

Read More

APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

EcoStruxure IT modernizes IT infrastructure monitoring and management

EcoStruxure | June 10, 2022

Schneider Electric, a global pioneer in energy management and automation digital transformation, announced the modernization of its EcoStruxure IT software portfolio for the monitoring and administration of expansive, hybrid IT infrastructure, which has grown increasingly complicated in recent years. Business continuity is dependent on everything from the most minor endpoint to the largest data center as IT infrastructure spreads. As a result, edge deployments are now deemed as mission-critical as centralized data centers, necessitating the development of new software solutions to ensure the infrastructure's robustness and security. Furthermore, sustainability is becoming a significant trend: a company's data centers' energy consumption and carbon footprint will need to be assessed and maintained. According to Schneider Electric's internal forecasts, overall data center energy usage will reach 2,700 TWh by 2040, with 60% coming from scattered locations and 40% from data centers. "There's been tremendous change since DCIM first emerged as a software category. The hybrid IT environment is challenging even the most sophisticated CIO organisation with maintaining the resiliency, security, and sustainability of their IT systems. We call this trend DCIM 3.0. Schneider Electric is investing in and evolving EcoStruxure IT to provide more capability, flexibility, and deployment options than ever before for enterprises and colocation facilities everywhere in the world." Kevin Brown, SVP of EcoStruxure Solutions, Secure Power, Schneider Electric Schneider Electric has invested in EcoStruxure IT since legacy DCIM software was not designed with all of these considerations in mind. It modernizes IT physical infrastructure monitoring, management, planning, and modeling, with on-premise and cloud-based deployment choices to support hybrid, distributed IT environments ranging from a few to hundreds of sites globally. "The IT infrastructure landscape is undergoing significant transformation as it evolves from individual data centres to distributed, hybrid IT, and it demands more than what we think of as 'traditional DCIM' to ensure it is resilient, secure, and sustainable," said Industry Consultant David Cappuccio. "EcoStruxure IT is helping to simplify the complexity of sprawling IT architecture and modernise it for both current and future needs." Schneider Electric has formed a bespoke solutions team comprising of qualified engineers who do unique integrations worldwide to maximize a customer's experience with EcoStruxure IT. This one-of-a-kind team delivers all of the resources and competencies required for a successful EcoStruxure IT deployment. Customers worldwide can sign up for an EcoStruxure IT account and experience the software and security evaluation for free for 30 days.

Read More

APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

'AWS for Web3' Pocket Network Shakes Up Infrastructure of the Internet

Pocket Network | January 17, 2022

Pocket Network an infrastructure middleware protocol which facilitates decentralized cloud computing and abundant bandwidth on full nodes interoperable with DApps across all 21+ blockchains, doubles down on its market-based approach to infrastructure by incentivizing a global community of independent node operators and service providers running 21,000+ nodes adding to the network's resilience. Pocket Network is secured by over $320M worth of network infrastructure distributed globally across 23 countries and reduces the risk of service downtime to near zero for any layer 1 or industry DApps as work is distributed evenly across thousands of full nodes, which also protects end users' privacy. Pocket Network, who last week closed a strategic round led by Republic Capital, RockTree Capital, Arrington Capital, is undergoing exponential growth as demand for its network measured in API calls or relays jumped to 5.78 Billion relays in December, up 44% From November 2021. "Pocket is the First Mover, changing the game as core infrastructure for the Web3 revolution" said Omer Ozden, CEO of RockTree Capital "For those that are seeking the next high growth first mover like AWS or Ethereum, you can see transparently on-chain the parabolic growth of actual usage and of actual revenues of the Pocket Network. The metrics have been super impressive and we look forward to the scaling 2022 will bring." Pocket Network has generated $56m revenue in December up from $29m in November and currently supports over 2000+ DApps run across its network which is integrated with Solana along with Ethereum, Polygon, Avalanche, Binance, Harmony, Gnosis (formerly xDai), Fuse and many more. "There is increased investment in public, open-source infrastructure through crypto networks that continues to chip away at the dominance of today's providers, reducing them to commodities,Our attractive economic flywheel model for our network is simple and naturally drives growth - attractive node running incentives adds more nodes which in turn creates more redundancy and better DApp service experience, more DApp usage then generates more node revenue." Michael O'Rourke, CEO at Pocket Network Pocket meaningfully encourages and incentivizes niche cloud providers which commercially have been less viable over the last decade with massively well known incumbents dominating the traditional market, and aims to provide Web3 with a much more compatible infrastructure network. About Pocket Network Pocket Network, a blockchain data ecosystem for Web3 applications, is a platform built for applications that uses cost-efficient economics to coordinate and distribute data at scale. It enables seamless and secure interactions between blockchains and across applications. With Pocket, the use of blockchains can be simply integrated into web..sites, mobile apps, IoT and more, giving developers the freedom to put blockchain enabled applications into the "pocket" of every mainstream consumer.

Read More