India’s Vodafone Idea has launched a new pilot deployment of cloud-native Optiva Charging Engine on its Universal Cloud.
The operator is the first to deploy a charging solution with cloud-native architecture, which transforms a traditional monolithic architecture through decomposition, containerisation and function productisation.
“We are shifting 100% of our IT application stack onto the VIL [Vodafone Idea Limited] Universal Cloud, the industry’s largest private cloud deployment,” said Vishant Vora, chief technology officer at VIL India. “We chose Optiva’s cloud-native charging solution as one of the first applications to be hosted on the VIL Universal Cloud for the efficiencies it provides.”
The pilot caters to over 4 million live subscribers and serves up more than 1,000 transaction units per second (TPS) traffic for online data charging. Over the next several months, VIL will observe the mission-critical BSS application on its Universal private cloud. The pilot is designed as a two-step process — first on a Kubernetes-enabled VIL Universal private cloud that can be expanded to deploy across India and then an option for a future, second step on a public cloud platform.
“When we started this project, VIL was the first to see the advantage of moving this enterprise workload to the cloud,” said Danielle Royston, CEO of Optiva. “Our teams have collaborated to execute and migrate to cloud-native technology while ensuring business continuity for one of the world’s largest customer bases.”