Vodafone Idea creates India’s largest distributed cloud

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The operator is to deploy Red Hat’s Ceph Storage, Ansible Automation Platform and Enterprise Linux.

The aim is to transform its distributed network data centres to open standards and open interfaces-based ‘Universal Cloud’.

Red Hat says this will give Vodafone Idea the largest distributed cloud deployment in India.

The operator will include more than 100 data centres in the Universal Cloud, which has a software platform can run multiple workloads, including the operator’s network and IT, and third-party applications across its distributed cloud locations.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform means Vodafone Idea can design geographically-distributed ‘pods’, which are and closer to the end-users, helping to reduce latency and improve users’ experience.

A better ecosystem

Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea, said, “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."

APIs open possibilities

Red Hat’s APIs will allow the operator to provide its enterprise customers with actionable insights.

Vodafone Idea and Red Hat plan to set up a DevOps team to drive more consistent innovation and help co-create new solutions and extend the platform to start-ups and developers.

The operator will deploy Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate workflows, and extend self-provisioning to enterprise customers.

It intends to work closely with the Red Hat Global Services team to build new capabilities and execute these initiatives.