Virtana Achieves Record Bookings and Customer Growth as Hybrid Infrastructure Management Adoption Accelerates in 2019

Business Wire | January 21, 2020

Virtana Achieves Record Bookings and Customer Growth as Hybrid Infrastructure Management Adoption Accelerates in 2019
Virtana, the leader in hybrid infrastructure management for mission-critical workloads, is coming off a banner year in 2019 featuring the company’s strategic rebrand from Virtual Instruments and extension of its market leadership in hybrid infrastructure management. The company announced today that it achieved record bookings and significant growth in new customer acquisition, nearly 50% growth in channel-initiated business, and 50% growth in its cloud services business over the past 12 months. In August 2019, Virtana announced the acquisition of the Metricly SaaS-based cloud cost, optimization and monitoring platform. The acquisition enabled the company to expand its cloud migration, monitoring and analytics portfolio to offer customers SaaS-based, hybrid infrastructure management across multi-cloud environments.

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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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BBT.live has been selected by Cellcom for SD-WAN services

BBT.live | December 29, 2021

BBT.live, which developed a market leading SD-WAN-based SASE solution, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Cellcom, one of Israel's leading telecommunications service providers. Cellcom will launch a SD-WAN cloud-based secured connectivity service designated to the growing SMB/SME market in Israel. BBT.live's solution, built for service providers and optimized to meet SMB/SME needs, enable the delivery of enterprise-grade secured connectivity service based on the underlay of public mobile and broadband networks. BBT.live's software disaggregation technology allows network operators to mix and match diverse hardware under a single operating system, reducing the time and effort required to plan, deploy and operate the SD-WAN-based SASE cloud infrastructure. By creating a flexible consumption model for xSPs and network operations, operational efficiency is thus streamlined across the entire infrastructure on any hardware (cloud and edge units) ensuring an open and reliable experience for faster innovation in the cloud. BBT.live's unique SD-Flat network technology flattens the customer WAN and LAN networks providing a single pane of glass and user-friendly centralized network orchestration. "We are excited to cooperate with Cellcom in order to launch a secured connectivity service in the highly competitive Israeli market. Cellcom plans to address the big and growing SMB/SME market and support their clients in the digital transformation journey. BBT.live's cloud first solution fits the market shift from on-premises to cloud infrastructure" Moshe Levinson, BBT.live founder & CEO About Cellcom Israel Ltd. Cellcom Israel Ltd., established in 1994, is a leading Israeli communications group, providing a wide range of communications services. Cellcom Israel is the largest Israeli cellular provider, providing its cellular subscribers with a broad range of services including cellular telephony, roaming services, text and multimedia messaging, advanced cellular and data services and other value-added services in the areas of mobile office, data protection etc. And for the business sector Cellcom also provides transmission infrastructure and internet services, cloud managed services, telephony for business, data centers and cyber security, networking and system turnkey solutions based on Cellcom Israel's technologically advanced infrastructure. The company operates advanced networks enabling high speed broadband and advanced multimedia services. Cellcom Israel offers nationwide customer service including telephone customer service, retail stores, and service and sale centers. Cellcom Israel further provides OTT TV services, internet infrastructure and connectivity services and international calling services, as well as landline telephone services in Israel. About BBT.live BBT.live, founded in 2020, provides a cloud-native SD-WAN-based SASE solution that combines enterprise-grade networking with network security and visibility into a single solution. BBT.live's offering is specifically designed for service providers, allowing them to provide their SME clients with a cost-effective holistic solution that is easily deployed and managed.

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TriStruX Announces New Investment from Huron Capital

TriStruX | December 27, 2021

TriStruX, a leading provider of telecom infrastructure services to wireless carriers, cable companies and OEMs, has been acquired by leading middle-market private equity firm, Huron Capital. TriStruX is the result of the 2020 merger of Telcom Engineering Group ("TEG"), Leone Electric Corporation ("LEC") and High Point Utilities ("HPU"). The founders of the companies, Francisco Pena, Nicholas J. Leone, Craig Langenbach and Scott Palmenberg, will remain with the company in key management roles and maintain minority equity stakes in the merged company. TriStruX is a national provider of telecommunications infrastructure services for macro cell towers and 5G wireless, underground and overhead fiber, and power and electrical services installation and maintenance services. The company's key clients include the largest leading US telecommunications and cable companies. Since the 2020 combination, the company has significantly expanded its business in the Northeast, California, Southeast and Midwest markets, grown company revenue significantly in 2021 over 2020 and prepared to open 4 new markets in 1Q 2022. "Huron's investment will help us grow to be one of the strongest Telecom services providers in the market. I am so proud of the quality company we have built, but we are stronger and more nimble with Huron's backing", said Nicholas J. Leone, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. "Our clients are telling us to grow faster and bigger but not lose the quality and "can do" success we bring to them. This combination with Huron ensures we can accomplish that and will result in more and better service to our clients." said Frank Pena, Chairman of the Board. "We are very pleased to launch a Telecom Infrastructure Services Platform with the acquisition of TriStruX", said Huron Managing Partner Jim Mahoney. "The Infrastructure Services market is very early in the investment cycle of building wireless telecom and fiber capabilities to deliver 5G services across the US. Huron is excited to support TriStruX's track record of high-quality service delivery and deep focus on safety with access to capital and management support." Industry veteran Gene Callahan will join the Company's Board of Directors. Randall P Muench, current CEO of TriStruX will continue to serve as CEO of the merged company. "Significant organic growth and crossing the $100M revenue level was an excellent year but we are just getting started." said Muench. "Our team is laser focused on delivering quality wireless site installations and hundreds of miles of fiber at the scale that our clients expect and building a great place to work for our team. I'm especially excited to be on this journey with Huron who brings deep expertise in building scalable businesses and accelerating growth through M&A." About TriStruX, LLC TriStruX, LLC provides comprehensive turnkey telecommunications service solutions across the continental United States. Our mission is to provide the highest level of quality and excellence as a turnkey solution provider, building telecommunications infrastructure (5G, fiber installation, macro tower services, DAS) in our key markets. As a national, scaled service provider, we successfully compete in the telecommunications, power/electrical, utility, venue and regional / state / local government space. In 2020, the principals of Telcom Engineering Group (founded in 1991), Leone Electrical Company (founded in 1977) and High Point Utility merged to create TriStruX. Visit www.tristrux.com to learn more. About Huron Capital Founded in Detroit in 1999, Huron Capital ("Huron") is an operationally focused private equity firm with a long history of growing middle-market companies through its proprietary ExecFactor® buy-and-build investment model. Huron prefers complex situations where it can help companies reach their full potential by combining its operational approach, substantial capital base, and transaction experience with seasoned operating executives. An early pioneer of the buy-and-build approach, Huron has successfully established six private equity funds aggregating nearly $2.0 billion in committed capital and invested in over 235 companies, and its portfolio companies have employed over 11,000 people throughout North America.

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Etihad selects Kyndryl to help accelerate the next phase of its digital transformation

Kyndryl | December 15, 2021

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and Kyndryl, the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a multi-year agreement to help accelerate the next stage of its digital transformation journey. Kyndryl will help Etihad modernize its IT infrastructure by facilitating the use of best-in-breed cloud platforms. Innovation and technology have been instrumental to Etihad's agility to adapt within the aviation industry and enhance its world-renowned guest experience. Previously, the airline has relied on a private cloud infrastructure – but to achieve further flexibility, it needed to adopt a cloud strategy that integrates various public cloud environments to support its workloads. Accordingly, Etihad will tap Kyndryl to work closely with leading cloud providers to select fit-for-purpose cloud platforms that are based on the specific requirements of Etihad's mission-critical workloads. Over the next three years, Kyndryl will also help migrate and manage Etihad's workloads across the new multi-cloud environment. Through a multi-cloud model, Etihad will have seamless access to advanced cloud services and be able to combine the capabilities that each cloud platform provides. This will enable more efficient operations and bringing innovation to market at a more rapid pace. "As Etihad continues to evolve, its ability to push the boundaries of innovation and digitalisation within the aviation industry is necessary to create the next generation travel experience. The airline looks forward to working with Kyndryl as their expertise in cloud environments will support Etihad in becoming a more agile and sustainable airline," Frank Meyer, Chief Digital Officer, Etihad "Etihad is long known for embedding innovation into every aspect of its operations and continuously transforming to better serve its employees and guests," said Vickram Nagi, Managing Director, Kyndryl Middle East, Africa and Turkey. "We are proud to have been selected by Etihad to help facilitate the next phase of its digital transformation through the use of best-in-breed cloud platforms. This collaboration reaffirms our commitment to support mission-critical technology systems the world depends on every day and to forge strong relationships with leading technology innovators to serve our customers better." Kyndryl and Etihad signed the strategic agreement in November 2021. About Etihad: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, was formed in 2003 and quickly went on to become one of the world's leading airlines. From its home in Abu Dhabi, Etihad flies to passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Together with Etihad's codeshare partners, Etihad's network offers access to hundreds of international destinations. In recent years, Etihad has received numerous awards for its superior service and products, cargo offering, loyalty programme and more. Etihad is recognised as one of the world's leading airlines in response to COVID-19 and was the first airline in the world to fully vaccinate its crew on board. About Kyndryl Kyndryl is the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider. The company designs, builds, manages, and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. Kyndryl's nearly 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100.

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