Success story

Turkcell scales cloud storage to improve reliability and stability

Fast facts

Industry: Telecommunications
Region: EMEA
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Company size: 16,000 employees in 9 countries

Red Hat is one of the pioneers in the OpenStack community, and we wanted to benefit from that experience and knowledge.

Orhan biyiklioĞlu, senior systems administrator, turkcell

2017 red hat certified professional of the year

About the Company

Mobile service provider Turkcell needed a flexible, scalable platform to meet the demands of its consumer cloud storage product, lifebox. With Red Hat® solutions and support, Turkcell built a new platform to deploy new features faster, simplify management, and scale to accommodate expected growth—all while reducing costs.

2017 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year winner

The path to success

Challenge: Modernize cloud platform to deliver better product to customers

Turkcell’s lifebox offering allows customers to store and share photos, music, videos, and documents using the cloud. The company began developing lifebox using a third-party legacy cloud platform but found that it delayed innovation and increased costs. “The existing solution didn’t meet our needs for scalability, and we were also experiencing some architecture problems,” said Orhan Bıyıklıoğlu, senior systems administrator at Turkcell. Turkcell needed a more cost-effective, agile, and flexible platform to continue to build and launch its new service.

Case study

Turkcell scales cloud storage with Red Hat OpenStack Platform

Solution: Move to a flexible, scalable OpenStack solution

Building on its successful history using Red Hat Enterprise Linux®, Turkcell chose to migrate to Red Hat OpenStack® Platform, supported by OpenStack Swift for object storage. “We already had a good relationship with Red Hat . . . Red Hat is one of the pioneers in the OpenStack community, and we wanted to benefit from that experience and knowledge,” said Bıyıklıoğlu. Turkcell also engaged Red Hat for support and services during—and after—migration.

Results: Meet cloud and data challenges

Turkcell’s new solution provides better reliability and stability with no outages—a key requirement for supporting the critical data of its users. Open source software also reduced total cost of ownership (TCO), eliminating vendor lock-in and licensing fees. In addition, Turkcell’s new platform offers greater scalability and agility to support future growth. “With Red Hat OpenStack Platform and our other new solutions, we have built a flexible infrastructure that helps our developers add features quicker,” said Bıyıklıoğlu. “The infrastructure is no longer the bottleneck in deploying new features.”

By moving from a third-party product to our own application, we don’t have to pay licensing fees, which is a significant savings. Being based on an open source platform, the solution also means that we could easily migrate to another provider if we ever needed to, without massive migration costs.

Orhan biyiklioĞlu, senior systems administrator, turkcell

2017 red hat certified professional of the year
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