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SmartX Recognized as 2022 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice in APAC for HCI Software

Gartner Peer Insights | July 07, 2022 | Read time : 2 min

Gartner Peer Insights
SmartX, a modern IT infrastructure innovator, announced that it was recognized as Asia/Pacific Customers' Choice in the 2022 Gartner Peer Insights "Voice of the Customer": Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software. This is the 2nd year that SmartX has been named an APAC Customers' Choice in this field.

"Being recognized as a 2022 APAC Customers' Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software for us is the reflection of our commitment to delivering world-class products and customer services. "We will continue to innovate for the purpose of making IT simple for our customers and modernizing the IT infrastructure."

Yinan Ku, CMO of SmartX

This recognition is based on feedback and ratings from 80 verified end-user professionals with experience with SmartX products in the 18-month period ending on 28 February 2022. Overall, SmartX rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 97% of reviewers saying they would recommend SmartX products.

SmartX has received 123 reviews since the market began to be tracked within the Gartner Peer Insights platform and holds an average score of 4.9 out of 5 as of 5 May 2022.

About Gartner Peer Insights
Gartner Peer Insights is a free peer review and ratings platform designed for enterprise software and services decision makers. Reviews go through a strict validation and moderation process in an effort to ensure they are authentic. Now it covers 425 software and services markets, generating 450,000 reviews on more than 18,000 products.

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Using the HIMSS Analytics Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM), your healthcare organization can measure the relative levels of adoption of technical infrastructure. By identifying specific benchmarks to reach before going live with more advanced business and clinical applications and capabilities, such as Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems, IoT, telemedicine, etc., the INFRAM ensures that a health system's infrastructure is stable, manageable, and extensible.

Spotlight

Using the HIMSS Analytics Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM), your healthcare organization can measure the relative levels of adoption of technical infrastructure. By identifying specific benchmarks to reach before going live with more advanced business and clinical applications and capabilities, such as Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems, IoT, telemedicine, etc., the INFRAM ensures that a health system's infrastructure is stable, manageable, and extensible.

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Leading Edge Data Centres Announces Use of Schneider Electric’s Prefabricated, Certified Edge Data Centre Infrastructure

Schneider Electric | August 30, 2022

Schneider Electric™, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced that Leading Edge Data Centres (LEDC), a company providing Regional Australian businesses and communities with greater access to distributed cloud through reliable, and cost-effective connectivity, will be utilizing Schneider Electric’s prefabricated, certified edge data centre technology to drive faster and more reliable connectivity for regional Australians. Looking for sustainable, agile solutions to meet the company’s evolving customer needs, LEDC has enlisted Schneider Electric to design, build, commission and maintain its Tier III edge data centres. Before they are shipped to site, the data centres are designed, built, and tested in regional Australia, removing many of the traditional construction complications and ensuring that each new facility is created with the same quality, durability, and reliability as the last. In addition to optimizing reliability, Schneider Electric and LEDC will be working to drive the most efficient and robust solutions, including a series of edge data centres sized specifically to be most effective for the community they service. “Leading Edge Data Centres was founded in 2019 with a mission to bridge the digital divide in Regional Australia,” says LEDC CEO and Founder, Chris Thorpe. “For years, regional Australian cities have put up with unreliable and costly internet connections, compared to their metropolitan counterparts. With Schneider Electric’s certified edge data centre, which can be quickly replicated in multiple regional sites across Australia, we are finally giving customers a more sustainable, cost-effective option and the ability to reliably access the cloud.” Previously, LEDC’s potential customers have suffered through connectivity outages costing upwards of $160,000 a year. With support and innovation from Schneider Electric, LEDC will design and build a reliable prefabricated, replicable, and certified edge data centre, that will save its customers up to 80% of that cost. “Amid today’s global pandemic, remote working became a necessity and digital disparities became more obvious. “By partnering with Schneider Electric, LEDC has kick-started production, focusing on improved connectivity and reliability, along with options for cost-effective network rollout.” Joe Craparotta, VP Strategic Customers & Segments at Schneider Electric Collaborating with Schneider Electric enables LEDC to offer the following: Accessibility and choice – By providing greater choice of direct cloud access, customers can enjoy faster connectivity through the network of edge data centres across regional Australia. Stability and reliability – With secure, Tier III certified edge data centres, customers can withstand even the toughest of extreme Australian weather conditions, providing redundancy and fault tolerance, as well as power outage protection. Benefits to regional Australia – Measurable benefits to local and national customers include improved connectivity, competitive hosting, and the ability to develop IoT and smart cities across Australia through innovative growth infrastructure. Connecting all these devices is Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IT Expert software, which provides proactive insights on critical assets that impact the health and availability of an IT environment. With customizable dashboards, remote device management, and device health and security vulnerability assessments, the software provides LEDC with continuous site-wide visibility. About EcoStruxure EcoStruxure™ is our open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity for our customers. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services which are supported by Customer Lifecycle Software. EcoStruxure™ has been deployed in almost 500,000 sites with the support of 20,000+ developers, 650,000 service providers and partners, 3,000 utilities and connects over 2 million assets under management. About Schneider Electric Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

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BAI Communications accelerates US growth with agreement to acquire digital infrastructure provider ZenFi Networks

BAI Communications | August 01, 2022

BAI Communications (BAI), a global shared communications infrastructure provider, has agreed to acquire ZenFi Networks, an East coast based provider of digital infrastructure solutions and innovator in small cell deployment, offload & roaming services, fibre connectivity and network edge colocation. This agreement represents a significant growth opportunity for BAI in North America, building upon its existing connected infrastructure capability and operations in the region driven by BAI Group companies Mobilitie and Transit Wireless. It further progresses the company's vision to become a leading provider of connected 5G infrastructure across North America, and globally. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory clearances and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. The deal expands the technical and service offering that BAI will be able to provide to network operators, enterprises, and public municipalities with more specialised scalable solutions. With significant fibre connectivity assets, wireless infrastructure solutions including small cells, and network colocation facilities across the New York and New Jersey metro areas, ZenFi Networks' infrastructure is a natural extension of the connectivity solutions that Transit Wireless provides across the New York City subway. The combination of the two offerings, alongside Mobilitie's 5G outdoor and indoor wireless infrastructure solutions, complements and strengthens BAI's capability to deliver against its wider 5G growth strategy and become a scale provider across New York and New Jersey, as well as North America. With a firmly established and proven leadership team, led by Co-Founder and CEO, Ray LaChance, ZenFi Networks brings with it a host of long-established customer relationships, including the rights to provide mobile infrastructure solutions across 4,000 LinkNYC kiosk structures across the City. The acquisition will also bring over 1,100 route miles of fibre network across the New York and New Jersey metro region, as well as unique C-RAN solutions and a number of existing customer contracts with enterprise and mobile network operators. "ZenFi Networks is a long established and high performing player in the wireless infrastructure sector. As an exciting business with longstanding customer relationships and a reputation for driving innovation, bringing it into the BAI Group is an important step forward in our ongoing push for growth in North America and globally. In the short-term, it enhances our regional operations in the Northeast, further extending the reach of current solutions and expertise we have and building on our vision to assist our customers in delivering an enhanced experience at all points of their customers' journey, from subway to above ground and from work to home. This also positions us perfectly to support the increasing appetite for connectivity among businesses across North America." Igor Leprince, Group CEO of BAI Communications Commenting on the agreement, Ray LaChance, Co-Founder and CEO of ZenFi Networks, said: "We are very excited about this acquisition and joining the BAI Group. The natural alignment between our business and BAI's North American operations unlocks a range of opportunities to extend the services and support that we are providing our customers, positioning the business to increase its scale and leadership in connected infrastructure delivery. Our team is excited to join the BAI Group, and we feel strongly that this investment will strengthen our ability to deliver innovative infrastructure solutions for our clients in a sustainable, equitable manner to our communities. BAI's heritage, proven track record for delivery and prioritisation of customer service, and experience in municipal partnerships and community engagement make for a natural cultural fit with our business and client relationships. Combining ZenFi Networks' established reputation and relationships in and around New York City, and our expertise in fast-growth segments like small cell deployment with the scale and reach that BAI has across North America and globally, creates the perfect platform to capture the increasing 5G and connected infrastructure growth opportunity." Mr Leprince further emphasised the combined potential of the two businesses and the opportunity that lay ahead, adding: "The alignment that exists between the operations and outlook of ZenFi Networks and BAI in the broader New York area presents an opportunity that is greater than the sum of its parts. With an operational footprint that is perfectly aligned to our own, and enhanced IoT capabilities, this acquisition is an obvious next step for extending our reach in the region and is an exciting development for us in the North American market as we look to bring enterprises, municipalities, and mobile network operators a broader range of services and depth of expertise." Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), BAI's majority shareholder, provided its congratulations and support of this agreement. Max Biagosch, Senior Managing Director at CPP Investments and BAI Board Member said: "This acquisition represents a major strategic opportunity for BAI Group, and further extends our exposure to the digital infrastructure space. CPP Investments recognises the critical importance of high quality connectivity in an increasingly digital world and is focused on delivering the underlying infrastructure to make this a reality through BAI. The combination of rapidly growing social appetite and demand for connectivity, and the leadership position BAI has established, creates a strong foundation for CPP Investments to continue to generate long-term and sustainable returns for our members by supporting the growth of the BAI platform." Ben Hawkins, Head, Infrastructure, Renewables & Sustainable Investing, at Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), a minority shareholder in BAI Communications, said: "As a long-term investor, we are keenly supportive of opportunities that strengthen the market position of holdings within our clients' portfolios, as is the case with BAI and its successful acquisition of ZenFi Networks, further enhancing the Group's presence in the United States. We are very excited about opportunities to be realised from the integrated US platform of BAI following this transaction." About BAI Communications BAI Communications is a world leader in shared communications infrastructure, pioneering solutions that empower our customers to advance their services, accelerate their networks and amplify their reach in the most efficient and cost-effective ways possible. Having long been at the forefront of network advancement, BAI is harnessing fibre, spearheading the transition from 4G/LTE, accelerating 5G and preparing for 6G – and beyond. We collaborate closely with our customers in telecommunications, government, transit, enterprise, broadcasting, and venues to realise their communications vision, focusing not just on the immediate future, but on the possibilities that exist over long-term partnerships. Our global operations span Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, and the United States. Our BAI Group companies include Mobilitie, Signal Point and Transit Wireless in the United States, and Vilicom in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Flexential® Announces New Capabilities to Hosted Private Cloud - Advanced Access

Flexential | August 10, 2022

Flexential, a leading provider of data center, colocation, cloud and connectivity, today further extended its FlexAnywhere™ hybrid IT solutions portfolio that address key CIO pain points by improving application performance, providing business agility and the ability to scale IT infrastructure, and delivering superior interconnection capabilities. The new enhancements to Flexential's Hosted Private Cloud (HPC) – Advanced Access solutions provide full control of enterprise private cloud environments with new capabilities for rapidly migrating applications, workloads and data as business requirements change. The company also today added support for advanced metrics and reporting tools backed by Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Long-term adoption of hybrid work environments has reduced reliance on traditional infrastructure. Gartner® forecasts that "worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services will reach nearly $600 billion in 2023, up from $494.7 billion in 2022".* It's essential that businesses have the operational control and flexibility to adjust, plan and scale workload placements accordingly. Flexential's HPC Advanced Access solution is a high-performance hosted private cloud offering that allows customers to have full administrative control over the provider-owned VMware vCenter server. Originally launched in 2021, the solution has seen rapid adoption, with the number of hosted private cloud customer deployments more than doubling across the national FlexAnywhere™ platform of 40 data centers in the last year. HPC Advanced Access continues to provide unique levels of customer control and resource management with performance that was previously unachievable. The solution will now support more flexible workload movement and placement, self-driving application operations and performance optimization. Core enhancements include: Application Mobility: Enabling customers to reliably move workloads without downtime or performance degradation. ML and AI-driven Performance Management: Providing continuous performance optimization, capacity and cost management, intelligence remediation and integrated compliance across customer operations. Advanced Metrics and Reporting Tools: Offering self-service capabilities across applications and infrastructure, allowing businesses to optimize, plan and scale their VMware Cloud. "Flexibility has never been more essential to the modern-day enterprise," Mike Fuhrman, chief operating officer of Cloud and Managed Services, Flexential. "With the latest enhancements to our HPC Advanced Access solution, our team is providing customers with the tools and insights they need to be more agile in their workload placements, application operations and overall performance. As business needs shift, we continue to meet customers with the solutions that will drive efficiency no matter their operational location." "Hybrid IT solutions continue to grow in popularity as enterprises increasingly turn to professionally managed data centers to deploy key elements of their infrastructure. By providing direct access to vCenter coupled with advanced analytics, Flexential's customers can now benefit from the best of both worlds. These advanced capabilities enable new levels of AI-powered visibility in a solution that already delivers maximum configuration flexibility to enterprises for managing their own applications, while providing peace of mind as their data is hosted and replicated securely in Flexential's hosted private cloud," said Geoff Thompson, VP, VMware Cloud Provider Sales. BRIDGE Healthcare Partners is a managed service provider (MSP) that focuses on servicing the IT needs of clients in the highly regulated healthcare space and other non-profits throughout the US. As a result it needs a dependable, secure environment to ensure the availability and safety of its clients' applications and data—including electronic health records (EHR) and billing information. The company utilizes Flexential Private Cloud and Hosted Private Cloud - Advanced Access to protect its clients' Electronic Healthcare Records and enable seamless operations. "Flexential is in complete alignment with our strategic plan—from its people and service to its growth perspectives. "Our clients rely on us to deliver high-performing, reliable IT environments so their healthcare data and applications are secure and always available. Flexential is key in helping us deliver this essential service." Tracey Campbell, CEO of BRIDGE Healthcare Partners "Our clients look to us to simplify their IT infrastructure and provide the flexibility and agility to grow the business into the future. Flexential's Hosted Private Cloud – Advanced Access solution provides them with the control and visibility they need to be confident in deploying their most critical data in a hybrid environment," said John Simonton, VP and COO of PEAK Resources, Inc. About Flexential Flexential empowers the IT journey of the nation's most complex businesses by offering flexible and tailored hybrid IT solutions comprised of colocation, cloud, connectivity, data protection, managed, and professional services. The company builds on a platform of three million square feet of data center space in 19 highly connected markets, and on its 100GB private backbone to meet the most stringent challenges in security, compliance, and resiliency. See how Flexential goes beyond the four walls of the data center to empower IT through an interactive map found on www.flexential.com.

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