Vodafone is to use OpenStack, based on the Mirantis Cloud Platform, as part of its network virtualisation program.
The move will see Mirantis become part of Vodafone Ocean, which is a framework for developing, testing and deploying software defined networking and network functions virtualisation technologies.
Mirantis is said to be taking an operations-centric approach, where the open infrastructure is continuously delivered with SLA’s that are either owned by Mirantis or the customer. What this means is that software updates will be made incrementally on a weekly basis without downtime rather than every six to twelve months.
“Mirantis was selected for its technology, innovation and leadership in the OpenStack community and its ability to work with different vendors, engineers and operations teams to deliver OpenStack-based VIM. An open and multi-vendor cloud infrastructure is key for delivering better, faster and smarter services to our customers,” said David Amzallag, head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV, Vodafone Group.“
The former pure-play OpenStack vendor has also signed a global procurement agreement to deliver managed open cloud for Vodafone Cloudstore.
“We rigorously tested Mirantis products and skills through proof of concept and pilot projects and the excellent quality of service led us to choose Mirantis for our Milan datacentre,” said Pablo Jejcic, head of Cloud and Infrastructure, Vodafone Group.
The open source cloud now seems to have become a de-facto choice for telcos around the world, with the decision of Vodafone to adopt OpenStack the latest in a long line of deployments made by some of the world’s largest telcos.