Microsoft Invests Significantly in Its Canadian Cloud Infrastructure To Stimulate Innovation In The Country

Microsoft News Center Canada | January 09, 2020

Microsoft Canada announced today that it is undertaking the largest expansion of its Canadian cloud infrastructure since 2016, when it launched its two cloud regions across the country. In fact, the company announced the addition of new Azure availability zones in the Central Canada region, thereby increasing the computing capacity in this region by more than 1,300% since it went online in 2016. The Availability provides users with high availability for their most demanding applications and services as well as confidence and protection against potential hardware and software failures by using at least three separate physical locations within an Azure region .Microsoft will also significantly increase computing capacity in the Eastern region of Canada in the first half of the year. This expansion, which builds on Microsoft's significant presence in Canada, will help local businesses access new innovations that will accelerate their development.

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Wattif EV Chooses Sitetracker to Help Manage Mass Rollouts of Charging Infrastructure in Europe

Sitetracker | June 28, 2022

Sitetracker, the leading deployment operations management software for critical infrastructure providers, today announced that Norwegian-based Wattif EV has selected Sitetracker to help manage the deployment of its innovative EV charging infrastructure solutions, which are being rolled out throughout several European countries, the UK and Ireland. Wattif EV's selection of Sitetracker further demonstrates how Sitetracker's intuitive intelligent solutions for project and asset management can help all EV charging companies, from the smallest start-ups to enterprise-scale operations. Wattif EV already has contracted over 1,000,000 parking spots to deploy EV charging solutions. Offering a variety of options from fully-funded or 50:50 on planning and installation, or even taking over existing hardware, Wattif takes full responsibility for the maintenance and operations of charging stations so more buildings, commercial locations, and even residences can deploy them in pursuit of ubiquitous access to EV drivers. "Our solutions are more flexible and innovative than just deploying EV charging stations, because our business model allows for different ownership, financing and profit-sharing scenarios. "As our models can vary from customer to customer, we knew a highly effective, flexible solution like Sitetracker would be essential to manage our infrastructure. Sitetracker is perfect for us, and its quick installation time with built-in best practices and processes helped us get our business off and running in no time." Wattif EV CEO Robert Svendsen Built on Salesforce, the Sitetracker platform provides smart technologies such as AI and analytics to improve outcomes. It helps EV and energy companies like Wattif EV to bring products and people together to easily manage sites, project permitting, vendors, and ongoing maintenance all in a single platform. The ability to track high-volume work in real-time without manual spreadsheet maintenance is one of the key benefits companies like Wattif EV receives. Additionally, Wattif EV gains the ability to: Easily implement and start generating value with Sitetracker's EV Quickstart Package that is pre-loaded with industry best practices and processes Create actionable, customized, real-time dashboards for all levels including executives, project management, and operations Affect changes in hundreds of projects, sites, and jobs all at once with a simple click, driving back-office resource savings and leading to faster project completion times Assign jobs to workers based on availability and qualifications, then gather instantaneous, fully documented and automated updates on the work status. Wattif EV has already begun implementing Sitetracker and plans to add-on additional features, such as the Sitetracker Connect Portal, which gives access to contractors and third-party vendors so all teams can collaborate. About Sitetracker Sitetracker powers the rapid deployment of tomorrow's infrastructure. The global leader in deployment operations management software, Sitetracker helps innovative companies like British Telecom, KPN, Segra, and ChargePoint manage millions of sites and assets representing over $150 billion in portfolio holdings. By giving telecommunications, utility, smart cities, and energy teams a cloud-based solution that works easily and effectively, Sitetracker is accelerating the path to digital equity and a more sustainable future. Deploy what's next.

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Scala Data Centers Celebrates Entry of Dell Technologies in its digital ecosystem

Scala Data Centers | March 11, 2022

Scala Data Centers, the sustainable hyperscalable data center platform, founded by DigitalBridge, an investment holding company in digital infrastructure, announces that Dell Technologies, one of the largest IT infrastructure companies in the world, chose Scala to host its colocation environment in data centers (DCs) SP1 and SP2, located in São Paulo, Brazil. Through Scala's platform, which features ultra-connectivity, renewable and certified energy to accommodate infrastructure expansions in long-term scenarios, and full 24x7x365 support, Dell brings to the market the ServicesSelect. The solution consists of a set of management services and support of IT infrastructure environments in as a service mode. With greater choice and savings, this type of hiring is a global trend as it facilitates the complexity of the digital transformation. According to IDC, more than 75% of edge infrastructure will be consumed as a service, as will more than half of DC infrastructure, by 2024. ServicesSelect enables companies looking for digitization or a journey to the cloud to reach this level in a flexible, agile and simple way, both operationally and financially. Dell's new offering also supports customers to maximize their results and focus on their business goals through the quality of the DCs, the technologies selected for use and the IT responsibility transferred and assumed by the specialists from Scala and Dell itself. Due to that, the choice of a strategic DC provider is an important step in the process of offering the managed infrastructure. "With Scala, we solve any customer concerns about the IT environment, generating more savings, due to the transformation of their budgets from CAPEX to OPEX, and greater innovation and efficiency for their business," says Christiano Lucena, Vice President of Storage Platforms and Solutions at Dell Technologies Latin America "We enable the infrastructure necessary for key partners like Dell to sell, through our platform, in a secure and highly scalable way." Cleber Braz, Vice President of Business Development and Customer Services at Scala About Scala Data Centers Scala Data Centers is the Sustainable Hyperscalable Data Centers platform based in Brazil and founded by DigitalBridge. Developed to meet and exceed the growing demand for digital access in Latin America, Scala has a highly qualified team of more than 300 professionals and applies a flexible and innovative approach to offer exceptional colocation services for hyperscale customers, service providers and cloud software, and large companies. We customize cutting edge solutions for each customer in the construction of state-of-the-art data centers, with high availability, high energy efficiency and very high density. All of this combined with the best sustainability practices guided by our ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) program. 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.

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Verizon and Google Cloud to collaborate to deliver 5G mobile edge computing

Verizon | December 18, 2021

Verizon and Google Cloud are working together to bring the power of the cloud closer to mobile and connected devices at the edge of Verizon's network. With Verizon 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge, Verizon plans to bring Google’s compute and storage services to the edge of the local network enabling the bandwidth and low latency needed to support real-time enterprise applications like autonomous mobile robots, intelligent logistics and factory automation. The companies expect that this combination of Verizon's private On Site 5G and private 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will enable enterprises in industries from retail to manufacturing to unlock the power of 5G and mobile edge computing and gain operational efficiencies, higher levels of security and reliability, and improved productivity. Verizon and Google Cloud also plan to develop public 5G mobile edge computing for developers and enterprises. The public 5G Edge solution has the potential to enable developers to build and deploy applications at the edge of Verizon’s wireless network in various locations throughout the U.S. “By working with partners like Google Cloud and Ericsson, we’re building the 5G edge compute ecosystem that will enable enterprises in many industries to benefit from having a completely dedicated private network and edge compute infrastructure on premise,” said Rima Qureshi, Chief Strategy Officer at Verizon. “5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will give our customers the ability to connect and manage a broad range of devices at scale and speed while also providing highly secure, near real-time connectivity. This will allow companies to unlock greater value from data and enable innovative applications involving computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and machine learning.” “Through our planet-scale infrastructure and expertise in data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Google Cloud is enabling the rapid development and deployment of new services and applications,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. “By bringing intelligence from data centers to the network edge, Verizon 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will allow customers to build new cross-industry edge solutions, unlock new revenue models, and transform the next generation of customer experiences – from AI-driven in-store operations to live inventory management on the factory floor, the possibilities span multiple industries.” Verizon and Ericsson To Pilot Private Mobile Edge Computing at USA 5G Smart Factory Ericsson, in collaboration with Verizon, will pilot 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge as part of a proof of concept at its USA 5G Smart Factory. The first trial use case involves Verizon's Sensor Intelligence solution, which involves attaching a camera to an autonomous mobile robot that will scan packages to maintain inventory and location of indirect materials in the factory's warehouse. Then, using computer vision, the robot will communicate the bar code and shipping label data via 5G and mobile edge computing to the inventory management system, providing real-time analytics to improve logistics. "Ericsson's Smart Factory is where we're putting the principles of the Fourth Industrial Revolution into action,Technologies like Verizon's 5G Edge, which is built on Ericsson's 5G Private Network technology, are critical for unlocking 5G's true potential, and this pilot brings real-time data to make operations more efficient, secure, and cost-effective. Testing this technology with autonomous mobile robots in our Smart Factory is an important step on the journey to the factory of the future." Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America About Verizon Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control. About Google Cloud Google Cloud accelerates organizations’ ability to digitally transform their business with the best infrastructure, platform, industry solutions and expertise. We deliver enterprise-grade solutions that leverage Google’s cutting-edge technology – all on the cleanest cloud in the industry. Customers in more than 200 countries and territories turn to Google Cloud as their trusted partner to enable growth and solve their most critical business problems.

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Alef Introduces Velocity Partners Ecosystem to Drive Enterprises to the Edge

Alef | December 21, 2021

Alef, the leading edge connectivity platform, today announced the formation of the Alef Velocity Partners, a new program to help accelerate 5G and proliferate edge deployments. Alef Velocity Partners aligns top channel partners, global systems integrators, and technology companies, arming them with the proper resources, tools, solutions, and services to radically change the way the world leverages edge compute technology. This announcement comes on the heels of Alef’s recently launched Private Edge Platform, which empowers enterprises to rapidly provision their own network through Alef Edge Points, enabling end-to-end mobile private networks in less than 60 minutes. They can build 5G edge applications and services and take advantage of the upcoming suite of APIs to host at the edge: compute, video, and security coming in early 2022. With new investments being made in private networks, including the Infrastructure Bill’s $65 billion allocation to improve internet access, Alef is proud to be at the forefront of this initiative as one of the founding companies behind edge computing with the foundational patents to prove it. “This partner program spearheads a movement that will radically transform the businesses of deploying mobile networks, creating new economies, and solidify Alef as the leader in decentralized mobile internet,” said Mike Mulica, CEO of Alef. “As private networks gain mainstream attention, it’s important to remember that for enterprises and communities to truly reap the potential rewards of 5G technology, an ecosystem of diverse industry leaders must come together to accelerate the adoption of edge computing across the marketplace.” In partnership with Alef, Tech Mahindra and Tata Elxsi will initially launch in Philadelphia, which extends Alef’s network of Edge Points to the top 20 cities nationwide. In addition, Alef Edge Points are deployed in edge data centers with last mile fiber connectivity to thousands of enterprises throughout the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. Nitin Pai, CSO and CMO of Tata Elxsi Ltd. said, "With 5G, private networks will be the foundation for new digital services and we foresee high adoption in industries such as healthcare, transportation, manufacturing and media. As the world is moving towards a data driven future, data centers at the edge will be the choice for enterprises to increase control and decrease cost. Through this partnership Tata Elxsi will deliver industry-specific digital solutions covering digital applications, AI/ML & IoT, orchestration, monitoring and security solutions over Alef’s Private Edge Platform.” To help enterprises begin their journey and experience the power of edge technology, Velocity Partners is offering six months of free connectivity to Alef's Private Edge Platform, along with a free CBRS Access Point. Manish Mangal, Global Head of 5G & Network Services Business, Tech Mahindra, said “As organizations strive to meet the needs of their customers with latency-intensive network applications, Alef’s Private Edge Platform combined with Tech Mahindra’s solutions and services will help co-create high performance and secure 5G industrial applications. As a Velocity Partner for enterprises, we will help unlock new opportunities and drive innovation by powering up 5G private networks with edge internet that empowers enterprises to further accelerate digital transformation on edge.” About Alef Alef is a global edge connectivity platform company that empowers enterprises and developers to rapidly launch their own private networks and develop innovative mobile applications through our flagship Private Edge Platform. At Alef, we simplify the complexity of 5G and edge computing through a suite of APIs and tools that allow for more control and security with less overhead, while operating at a fraction of the cost of legacy mobile network providers. Leading systems integrators, distributors, and technology partners trust us to help power the edge economy and enable companies and communities to connect with a purpose.

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