India's Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) is collaborating with Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, to build out its distributed network data centers across a "universal cloud." VIL is leveraging Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to transform its data centers to open standards, open interfaces based 'Universal Cloud.'
“Our collaboration with Red Hat has helped us deploy Universal Cloud based on open standards and systems. 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,” said Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited, in a statement.
The operator will include its 100+ data centers in the Universal Cloud, which will have a shared software platform that can run multiple workloads. It will run network, IT, and third-party applications across its distributed cloud locations. With the Red Hat OpenStack Platform, VIL is capable of designing efficient pods, which can be geographically distributed and taken closer to the end-users. This helps them reduce latency and enable an optimal user experience.
VIL plans to set up a DevOps team in collaboration with Red Hat. It aims to drive more consistent innovation and to help co-create new solutions and extend the platform to start-ups and developers. "By adopting a more agile, DevOps-centered workflow based on Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies, VIL customers can more quickly adapt to changing market conditions. We look forward to continuing our work with VIL as they look to build out additional offerings on this flexible platform,” commented Marshal Correia, Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat India.
Using Red Hat’s open APIs, VIL will be able to "deliver actionable insights to its enterprise users, and help them potentially create a competitive advantage." The company also informed that the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform would be deployed to automate workflows and extend self-provisioning to VIL enterprise customers.