HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE,STORAGE MANAGEMENT
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.
APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE, IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Red Hat, Inc. | October 19, 2022
Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that TransUnion has expanded its global automation capabilities with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to accelerate feature development for customers and migrate to the cloud at scale and velocity. Ansible Automation Platform helps TransUnion consolidate disparate tooling and increase the speed of delivery of new products and services to its customers.
TransUnion is a global information and insights company that makes trust possible in the modern economy by providing a comprehensive picture of each person so they can be reliably and safely represented in the marketplace. TransUnion is a leading presence in more than 30 countries across five continents where they provide solutions that help create economic opportunity, great experiences and personal empowerment for hundreds of millions of people. TransUnion has been using Red Hat solutions to modernize its IT infrastructure and improve IT performance and costs for several years.
Like many customers, TransUnion is expanding its use of Ansible Automation Platform to address growing demands for automation, including cloud migration and provisioning of on premises and cloud infrastructure. Ansible Automation Platform integrates with platforms that they’re already using, like AWS, so developers can automate right away with the skills they already have. Ansible Automation Platform provides a repeatable way to provision and deploy both middleware and applications right to servers in AWS, with an automation framework that provides a level of governance and compliance, but still enables teams to provision infrastructure in AWS and deploy applications.
Red Hat’s expert consultants also worked with TransUnion to facilitate a broader culture of automation by integrating communities of practice, tools and processes and breaking down the silos that frequently exist when extending automation across an organization. IT teams now spend less time on repetitive work and more time on their core responsibilities, and no longer need specialized experts to fully realize the value of automation.
Prior to implementing Ansible Automation Platform organization-wide, developer teams in various regions were building bespoke pipelines for automation, using templates that were sparse and duplicated across its ecosystem. With the help of Red Hat Consulting, TransUnion streamlined their underlying automation framework to consolidate tooling and create key template playbooks that are reusable, so teams have a repository of automation content that can be configured in other technical scenarios. As a result, TransUnion shortened its migration pipeline development from months to minutes, reducing the cost of feature development and speeding up the delivery to customers.
TransUnion plans to continue expanding its use of Ansible Automation Platform to further consolidate and simplify its modules and frameworks in the cloud.
“Our customers are operating in increasingly complex IT environments, spanning on-premises datacenters to public and private clouds, that rely on automation to effectively scale. With the organization-wide extension of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, TransUnion can accelerate workloads and migrate to the cloud quicker, allowing them to spend more time innovating and delivering new products to their customers.”
Thomas Anderson, vice president, Ansible, Red Hat
Vishal Patel, director, GTP, TransUnion
As we expand our automation use in our technology and across the organization, achieving organizational alignment and interoperability is top priority for TransUnion. Red Hat has helped us establish a community based framework for a more collaborative culture, with easily shareable and reusable templates that make automation accessible for various IT teams and lower the barrier to automation. Now, developers are freed up to advance broader strategic and organizational goals.”
Ryan Searles, vice president, Global Technology, TransUnion
“Implementing Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to expand our cloud initiatives enables us to scale and standardize application deployments quickly and efficiently, with consolidated tooling and an underlying foundation for future projects. Now, we can focus on innovation in the cloud, without having to worry about how we’re going to get there.”
About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION 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.
Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.