How open source and Red Hat help Swisscom give everyone in Switzerland a ‘piece of the cloud.’

What do telcos think of open source, OpenStack and Red Hat? If you ask Swisscom, all three are helping to deliver modern, highly-scalable cloud platforms. In fact, Swisscom says since deploying Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualization as the basis of its new cloud infrastructure, the company is able to develop and deliver new digital products faster and more efficiently.


Swisscom is a telecommunications provider and IT company headquartered in Ittigen, close to the Swiss capital city, Bern. Customers such as Swiss Re and Dorma Kaba use Swisscom’s cloud services to develop and build their software. Swisscom has chosen Red Hat as a preferred technology partner, and at OpenStack Summit Barcelona, Swisscom and Red Hat announced their collaboration to help the telco create a technology platform that could provide the flexibility needed to support ongoing innovation and development – across both its own organization and customer base. You can read more about how Swisscom is using open source and its partnership with Red Hat in this success story about the telco’s cloud solution.

In a press release issued Oct. 24, Swisscom’s Marco Hochstrasser, head of cloud platform development, said the telco wants to give every citizen in Switzerland a “piece of the cloud.” And according to Hochstrasser, Red Hat’s technology lets Swisscom “scale up and down our clusters; we can fully automate our deployments; and we have limited our downtime when we make changes in production. As a result, we are proud to say we now have organizations outside of Switzerland using our solution.”

As a result of the size and flexible cloud computing capacity offered by Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Swisscom has created new offerings. One example is MyCloud, a new cloud application that is designed to offer unlimited storage for residential customers. The application is developed, hosted and managed on Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

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