VodafoneZiggo selects Red Hat to provide hybrid cloud platform

VodafoneZiggo has selected Red Hat to provide a hybrid cloud platform based on Red Hat OpenShift, the enterprise Kubernetes platform.
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Red Hat said the platform will be designed to unify application infrastructure for VodafoneZiggo’s network and IT architectures, including its new standalone 5G core, targeting increased productivity and faster time to market in the Netherlands.

“We view Red Hat OpenShift as a consistent layer for cloud-native applications and services that will enable us to boost productivity and deliver continuous innovation,” Andre Beijen, director, Mobile Network, VodafoneZiggo, said.

VodafoneZiggo, which is in the process of modernizing its network and IT systems to increase its agility, manage complexities and drive efficiencies, recognized that Red Hat collaborates with diverse organizations to validate and certify the interoperability of cloud-native network functions (CNFs) with its open source solutions.

VodafoneZiggo already had a common platform in place for its 4G mobile core and several business applications, built on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. The company chose to continue this horizontal platform approach by selecting Red Hat OpenShift as its foundation for cloud-native applications across both the network and the business, with 5G Core as its first deployment.

VodafoneZiggo enlisted Red Hat Consulting to support the production roll out of Red Hat OpenShift and to provide guidance for using agile development models like DevSecOps as well as moving to a more open, collaborative culture.

RedHat said this new environment can deliver benefits for people and processes, such as greater team cohesion, cross-functional observability of platform and workloads, proactive resolution of operational issues and reduced downtime. The end goal is to deliver a better user experience for customers and partners.

VodafoneZiggo anticipates a more consistent, repeatable developer and operations open hybrid cloud experience, such as moving ideas more quickly from development to production as OpenShift provides self-service provisioning and automation across the application lifecycle.

VodafoneZiggo is looking to take advantage of OpenShift’s flexibility across distributed environments, primarily containers running on bare-metal. The provider intends to take a continuous systems security approach with the help of OpenShift’s security features, including network and container isolation and data access control, across multiple layers of the solution.

With Red Hat OpenShift as its container platform, VodafoneZiggo will be able to scale out more rapidly and efficiently across multiple clouds and to the edge as business needs and market demands evolve. VodafoneZiggo is also aiming to deliver a unified hybrid cloud experience across private and public clouds.

“Red Hat helps drive open innovation around real world needs in the telecommunications industry, bringing many of these innovations in cloud-native networking to Red Hat OpenShift,” Darrell Jordan-Smith, senior vice president, Industries and Global Accounts, Red Hat, said.