Red Hat has been a recognizable name in the open-source community for decades. Now, Orange Egypt is utilizing the open-source provider as a basis for its horizontal cloud development. The telecommunications provider opted for the open-source solution based on reliability and cost-effectiveness. Red Hat states that Orange Egypt is the first Orange affiliate to offer management of all of its customer traffic using a software-based platform covering several sites within the geographic area. The company has invested in Red Hat technologies and already utilizes the Red Hat OpenStack Platform alongside Red Hat Ceph Storage.
Virtualization for Adaptability
With the competitive nature of Egypt’s telecom market, Orange attempted to utilize the latest in cloud hybrid technology to be more flexible in its service delivery. The company boasts over thirty million customers. To deal with the number of consumers that are on their network, Orange decided to change its system over from running on dedicated hardware into a virtualized system. By leveraging Network Virtualization Functions (NVFs) on a hybrid cloud rollout, built on Red Hat’s technology, the company has started to shift its operations into the cloud. To date, there are a dozen data centers scattered amongst six sites throughout Cairo and Alexandria. These sites deal with all of the broadband traffic that passes through Orange Egypt.
Open Source Solutions for Commercial Problems
Orange Egypt’s adoption of the Red Hat Open Stack and its use of Red Hat Ceph Storage shows that open-source technology may be worth considering for businesses. The Open Stack platform is uniquely scalable, allowing businesses to use it for a variety of operations regardless of the company size or requirements. Thanks to their implementation of the distributed site network, Orange Egypt was able to respond to customer demand up to one and a half times faster than they would be able to traditionally, for example. In the future, other companies will likely start adopting the Open Stack to suit their needs.