Vodafone Idea is transforming its distributed network data centres to open standards, open interfaces based ‘Universal Cloud’ using solutions from Red Hat.
The operator will use Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform, Ceph Storage, Ansible Automation Platform and Enterprise Linux to enable a shared software platform capable of running multiple workloads - including network, IT and third party applications - across its distributed cloud locations.
Red Hat OpenStack Platform is enabling Vodafone Idea to design efficient pods, which can be geographically distributed and taken closer to the end- users, helping to reduce latency and enable an optimal user experience. With Red Hat’s open APIs, the operator will be able to deliver actionable insights to its enterprise users, and help them potentially create a competitive advantage.
The companies plan to set up a DevOps team to drive more consistent innovation and to help co-create new solutions and extend the platform to start-ups and developers. In addition, Vodafone Idea will further deploy Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate workflows, and extend self-provisioning to VIL enterprise customers.
Marshal Correia, Vice President and General Manager of Red Hat India, said: “By adopting a more agile, DevOps-centered workflow based on Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies, Vodafone Idea customers can more quickly adapt to changing market conditions.”
Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone Idea, added: “Effective working with various ecosystem stakeholders and rapid development cycles has enabled us to design efficient pods for widely distributed deployments running throughput intensive workloads. We now plan to extend this Universal Cloud as a platform to third-party workloads.”