T-2, one of Slovenia’s largest telecommunications providers, sought to respond to market demand for as-a-Service offerings that support rapid, on-demand development and scalability. Its new platform, built with Red Hat OpenShift and massive-scale storage employing Red Hat Ceph Storage, provides rapid insight capabilities and high performance at the network edge for business, government, and energy customers. Now, T-2 can take advantage of new revenue opportunities and serve as a pioneer for hybrid cloud and intelligent device adoption across the region.
- Created new revenue opportunities by introducing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings
- Improved data storage and compliance for the most demanding applications
- Established more agile culture with automated, self-service processes
- Improved responsiveness with flexible deployment options
Leading Slovenia’s adoption of hybrid cloud and microservices
New digital technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G connectivity, are transforming industries and consumer lifestyles. They promise to affect almost every aspect of life, from transportation and healthcare to home management and beyond. In response, companies and organizations are seeking flexible Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) with instantly scalable containerized architecture to rapidly develop and deploy solutions.
T-2 is one of Slovenia’s largest telecommunications providers to individuals and businesses, operating network infrastructure in major cities across the country. To respond to digital market opportunities, T-2 is building new services to become an industry platform provider or container, edge, and IaaS solutions to businesses and governments. T-2 sought to adopt an open architecture model that could support rapid development and deployment—at any scale and across any network topology.
“Our goal is to be more flexible and responsive. To do so, we need to improve developer productivity by introducing self-service IT and automating time-consuming processes,” said Gašper Žerovnik, Head of Digital Transformation, T-2.
Building a scalable, flexible foundation with Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Ceph Storage, and Red Hat OpenStack Platform
Working with Softergee, a Red Hat partner and regional IT service provider, T-2 decided to build its new digital services infrastructure using enterprise open source technology from Red Hat.
“We wanted a scalable, responsive IT architecture with support for microservices, automation, and legacy systems, backed by enterprise support and security,” said Vladimir Smrekar, Head of IT System Integration Department, T-2. “After evaluating different vendors, we found that Red Hat offers a complete, integrated software stack that could deliver what we need to support and grow our business.”
Red Hat OpenStack Platform provides a modular foundation for compute, storage, and networks across existing, traditional applications and cloud-native development and deployment. Integrated closely with OpenStack, Red Hat Ceph Storage supports instant virtual machine (VM) provisioning to support the petabytes and more of data generated by emerging workloads like edge.
Red Hat OpenShift, a Kubernetes container platform, provides consistent, automated operations across environments—whether on-premise, cloud, or hybrid. Operators extend the core platform with integrated runtime, storage, or networking capabilities. It supports T-2’s edge deployment with virtual server gateways for the company’s applications, such as Smart Cities, a platform that connects digital services via a data lake generated from IoT and smart home measurement devices, smart transport, and more.
Accelerating country-wide digital transformation
Created new, local revenue opportunities
With a container-based IT platform, T-2 can create advanced as-a-Service offerings and enter new markets, from startups to government agencies and beyond. As its competitors tend to focus on infrastructure modernization without Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions for customers to access resources on demand, these new offerings give T-2 a unique competitive advantage in Slovenia and the wider region.
“Across the region, many traditional businesses are looking to begin digital transformation and move their IT infrastructure to the more flexible, scalable cloud,” said Žerovnik. “Local government, enterprise, or tech start-ups needn’t look abroad for solutions to create and support automated, standardized, cloud-native applications. They can find a strong local service provider that better understands their needs and local legislation.”