Vodafone | June 22, 2022
In order to modernize the operator's European IT infrastructure and hasten its shift to the cloud, Oracle and Vodafone, the largest pan-European and African technological communications firm, established a strategic alliance.
A major portion of Vodafone's systems will be updated and moved to OCI Dedicated Region, a fully managed cloud region that integrates all of Oracle's public cloud services into Vodafone's own network and data centers, as part of the multi-year arrangement. As a result, in addition to updating its tens of thousands of Oracle databases, Vodafone will be able to support and extend its mission-critical OSS and BSS services, such as CRM and order management, on a dedicated cloud platform.
Vodafone will be able to develop new cloud-based applications more quickly thanks to the deployment, and by utilizing its geographic reach, it will be able to simultaneously launch them in a number of markets.
In Vodafone's primary data centers, which oversee its European IT and network operations, Oracle will implement OCI Dedicated Region. As a result, Vodafone will be able to more easily meet the latency and performance requirements of these applications by deploying public cloud services inside of its own network and data centers. In addition, this will allow the operator to modernize, manage, and automate its critical systems using new technologies like autonomous services.
"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. The agreement enables Oracle to bring its entire portfolio of cloud services directly into Vodafone data centers. 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 centers, while also providing the operational agility and scalability required to support the growth and diversification of our business."
Scott Petty, Chief Digital & IT Officer, Vodafone
The collaboration backs Vodafone's multi-year commitment to streamline and update the IT infrastructure that underpins its mission-critical systems into a common, on-premises, open-standard platform ready to support and scale next-generation digital services. Additionally, it will assist Vodafone in achieving its Tech 2025 objectives, which include speeding up the time it takes to market new services, delivering standout client experiences through always-on services, and cutting operating costs through automation.
"Now more than ever, telecom companies need to quickly adopt new technologies to deliver new innovative products at speed while continuing to meet evolving regulatory requirements. Our partnership with Vodafone is based on achieving this balance, providing a cloud platform that enables Vodafone to modernize and consolidate its existing infrastructure while also building a foundation for a digital future. We are looking forward to partnering with one of the telecom sector's digital trailblazers as we help shape the next generation of communication services and business models," said Jonathan Tikochinsky, executive vice president, global strategic clients, Oracle.
IBM | September 28, 2021
IBM announced today a strategic multi-year agreement with Telefonica to use IBM intelligent automation software and services to implement UNICA Next – Telefonica's first-ever, cloud-native, 5G core network platform. With UNICA Next, Telefonica aims to acquire the agility, reliability, and efficiency to continuously optimize its services, now and in the future. As Telefonica and other Communications Service Providers (CSPs) around the world prepare for the benefits 5G and edge will bring to core network functions, Telefonica plans to have an open, secured, intelligent, and highly automated network that can power transformation for consumer and enterprise customers across all industries.
Telefonica has engaged IBM Global Business Services, a leading systems integrator and the digital transformation services and consultancy arm of IBM, Red Hat and Juniper networking to deploy the cloud-native platform. The platform is planned to be a new open-standard open-networking technology compliant platform that will be deployed across multiple central, regional, and distributed data centers offering low latency and high bandwidth, while able to deliver services in an agile manner. UNICA Next data centers are planned to be deployed starting in October 2021 and its scalable architecture is designed to address ETSI and other relevant industry standards.
The new network is built on IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation, Red Hat OpenShift, and Juniper Networks Apstra and QFX technology aligned to deliver streamlined end-to-end orchestration and operations. The platform will enable continuous improvements in deployment and management, including enabling new services that deliver enhanced customer value. The integration of IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation software with UNICA Next allows for intent-driven orchestration supporting the end-to-end lifecycle management of different network cloud elements and network functions, including 5G core. Pairing it with the power of Red Hat Open Shift and Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes, the combination will present Telefonica with an environment designed for increased observability and control for managing the UNICA Next Kubernetes environment and drive 5G and edge innovation more quickly and with less complexity.
IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation is AI-powered automation software designed to provide extreme automation, zero-touch provisioning, and closed loop operation capabilities.
These new capabilities will be engineered to allow Telefonica to more quickly deploy network services and new network functions, leveraging the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications partner ecosystem. Telefonica, as a pioneer in the adoption of open networks, has already deployed a live implementation using the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications in Europe and is continuing to innovate for their customers with speed and improved value.
"Building out the UNICA Next platform with its next-generation network architecture shows how important it is to build the infrastructure now to support the deployment of 5G. 5G has the potential to support thousands of use cases and applications for consumers and enterprises in all industries. Our collaboration will not only help us to harness the potential of 5G, but also prepare for the future through a hybrid-cloud led technology and business transformation. With IBM, Telefonica is combining the latency and bandwidth advancements of 5G with the customization and intelligence of the cloud: we anticipate the results will be transformative in Europe and beyond," said Javier Gutierrez, director of strategy, network, and IT development for Telefonica.
We are proud to partner with Telefonica to reach this historic moment for the telecommunications industry in Europe,This implementation of Telefonica's cloud-native, 5G core network platform reflects IBM's significant investments in AI-powered automation software and the telco prime systems integration expertise required to deploy modern telecommunication networks – core, access, and edge. We are energized by the opportunity to enable Telefonica and all our clients to modernize their networks and enable new revenue-generating services that deliver tremendous value to consumer and enterprise customers.
Steve Canepa, managing director, IBM Global Communications Sector.
IBM Global Telco Solutions Lab in Coppell, Texas, connected along with Telefonica's Network Cloud Lab in Madrid, will help accelerate UNICA Next's evolution by building new fully integrated releases using CI/CD methodology for ongoing life-cycle upgrades to the existing UNICA Next platform. By working with IBM in this way, Telefonica will be able to increase agility and data security and continue to innovate and transform, drawing on IBM's large network function ecosystem, Red Hat's vast ecosystem of certified partners, and Juniper's relationships with network function and hardware vendors.
Juniper is committed to bringing the power of open hybrid cloud architecture to clients around the world. As a member of the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications ecosystem, Juniper is proud to support IBM and Red Hat as they work with Telefonica to build and deploy a modern 5G network.
Statements regarding IBM's future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only.
Telefonica is a leading telecommunications service provider globally. The company offers fixed and mobile connectivity, as well as a wide range of digital services for individual consumers and enterprises. Telefonica has 367 million clients spanning Europe and Latin America. Telefonica is a private company whose shares are listed as TEF on the Bolsa de Madrid, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Bolsa de Valores de Lima.
StratCap | June 07, 2022
Strategic Datasphere, LLC, StratCap's institutional data center real estate investment platform, has completed the acquisition of a 187,000 square foot facility in Cleveland, Ohio, including a high-density data center, banking operations center, and flex/R&D space. Cleveland has experienced an upsurge of interest from local and regional corporations wishing to outsource their data center presence due to its crucial connecting point between Chicago and New York. Because Cleveland is an NFL city, AWS, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have increased their cloud and edge client activity in the area, trying to develop nodes and local zones.
This location, which is only 5 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown Cleveland, has robust fiber connectivity from over seven different providers. Originally constructed in 1988 as a data center and operations center for National City Bank, it was enlarged in 2008 when a major financial institution purchased the property to develop a modern technology campus. This financial institution (an investment grade tenant) leases approximately 26% of the facility and has a lease term of approximately 14 years remaining on their present lease.
"We believe the existing 3 MW data center is unique in the local market and will be appealing to technology and financial services firms that run high-density compute applications. The ability to convert underutilized space into operational data halls also creates an attractive value-add opportunity for this asset. In addition, the current lease structure provides us with what we believe are long-term, predictable rental revenues."
Bryan Marsh, CEO of StratCap's data center platform
The building has about 138,500 square feet of space offered to lease as a value-add investment opportunity. In addition, an 8,000 square foot turn-key data hall with 3 MW of essential power at N+1 is available. The data center includes a 48-inch elevated floor and liquid-cooled racks that can handle over 300 watts per square foot of power. The building also features about 59,000 square feet of flex/R&D space that could be relocated to accommodate more data center space.