HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE

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

Sitetracker | June 28, 2022

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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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DATA STORAGE

StratCap Acquires Over $150 Million in Digital Infrastructure Assets

StratCap | July 12, 2022

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IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Scale Computing Introduces Industry’s First Cloud-Based Fleet Management Solution for Successful Edge Computing

Scale Computing | May 25, 2022

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions, today announced Scale Computing Fleet Manager for edge computing and MSPs, which makes managing and monitoring the health of distributed IT infrastructure easier than ever. Now available as part of the new Scale Computing Platform, SC//Fleet Manager consolidates real-time conditions for a fleet of clusters, including storage and compute resources, allowing IT leaders to quickly identify areas of concern using a single pane of glass, scaling from 1 to over 50,000 clusters. “Delhaize needed to rapidly deploy resilient in-store infrastructure to support existing workloads as well as new data and processing-intensive initiatives such as cashier-less checkout and customer safety and security measures. SC//Platform and SC//Fleet Manager allowed us to efficiently manage the clusters in hundreds of stores to ensure our edge computing applications remain highly available, saving us time and money,” said Rolf Vanden Eynde, Manager, Network, Strategic Infrastructure, Ahold-Delhaize. Instead of managing individual deployments, SC//Fleet Manager gives users the ability to see and manage their entire fleet at once from an intuitive cloud-based console at fleet.scalecomputing.com. Connectivity and cluster health can be checked with a quick glance. Any problems across the fleet are highlighted automatically, and if there is an issue, IT administrators can easily drill down into a specific cluster to further diagnose and fix the problem. For IT Managers with multiple clusters, Scale Computing's already industry-leading low maintenance time will be further reduced by 50% or more. “The emergence of cloud computing significantly accelerated the digitization of business. 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C3 Complete | June 21, 2022

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IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

CoreSite Expands into Atlanta and Orlando Data Center Markets

CoreSite | June 07, 2022

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