The two have signed a “multi-year” agreement “to modernize the operator’s European IT infrastructure and accelerate its transition to the cloud
Oracle continues to push into the telco market, signing a multi-year agreement with the Vodafone Group. Under the contract’s terms, Vodafone will modernise and migrate a large number of its systems to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Dedicated Region (OCI Dedicated Region), a managed cloud that brings all Oracle’s public cloud services into Vodafone’s own network and main data centres that manage its European IT and network operations.
This idea is that this provides a dedicated platform for Vodafone to modernise its thousands of Oracle databases as well as to support and scale its mission-critical OSS and BSS systems, including CRM and order management.
Faster apps, data residency
The implementation should also enable Vodafone to build new cloud-based applications faster, and by exploiting its geographical scale, launch them in multiple markets simultaneously.
Vodafone will also have “close access” to compute resources to dynamically augment and scale services in multiple geographies as business requirements dictate, while reducing operational costs and meeting data residency regulations.
The partnership supports Vodafone’s Tech 2025 strategic goals: reducing time-to-market for services; providing ‘outstanding’ customer experiences with always-on services; and reducing operational costs through automation.
Going for growth
“As Vodafone focuses on growth, data is key to how we evolve our business, build new capabilities and innovate to meet the needs of our customers. Our collaboration with Oracle supports our vision of becoming a technology communications company,” said Scott Petty, Chief Digital & IT Officer, Vodafone (pictured).
“The agreement enables Oracle to bring its entire portfolio of cloud services directly into Vodafone data centres. This includes the same architecture, software, services and control plane used in OCI public cloud. The flexibility offered by OCI enables us to build a robust, secure, and extensible cloud platform in our own data centres, while also providing the operational agility and scalability required to support the growth and diversification of our business.”