Vodafone Idea

Vodafone Idea moves enterprise workload to the cloud

03 March 2020 | Melanie Mingas

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Troubled Indian service provider Vodafone Idea (NSE: IDEA), is to fully transition its IT application stack to its Universal Cloud, following the pilot phase launch of the Optiva Charging Engine.

Described as having the ability to transform “a traditional monolithic architecture through decomposition, containerisation and function productisation”, Vodafone Idea said it is the first telecom to deploy a charging solution with cloud-native architecture.

“VIL’s decision to move the IT infrastructure of one of the largest telcos in the world to the cloud is visionary. 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 (pictured).

“Our teams have collaborated flawlessly to execute and migrate to cloud-native technology while ensuring business continuity for one of the world’s largest customer bases. We are excited to continue our momentum to the cloud, potentially driving cost savings to Vodafone Idea,” Royston added.

The pilot will cater to more than four million of the service provider’s 304 million subscribers will be able to use the service, which is capable of traffic speeds in excess of 1,000 transaction units per second (TPS) for online data charging.

Confirming the development, Vishant Vora, chief technology officer at VIL India, said: “We are shifting 100% of our IT application stack onto the VIL Universal Cloud, the industry’s largest private cloud deployment.

“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,” he added.

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.