Digicel preparing cloud computing foray

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Haiti's largest mobile operator, Digicel, has deployed all of the infrastructure necessary to launch a cloud computing offer and expects to go live with the service "soon," Rabih Youssef, head of IT at Digicel Haiti, told BNamericas.

The executive declined to offer a specific timeline, preferring to "keep that a surprise."

Considering that Haiti is an earthquake prone country, Digicel is taking backup seriously for its cloud computing solution.

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"After the [2010] earthquake, we took all of the measures needed to be available 100%. Our business and customer-oriented applications are now disaster-based applications, so we have several sites that can take ownership of those applications and be transferred from one site to another in the case of any incident," Youssef said. "The same with our in-office applications - the employees can continue to work normally if there's an event. All of our applications are now fully resilient."

All of Digicel's sites are located in Haiti, with the exception of one offshore site in Miami, he noted.

To read the full interview with Youssef, see this week's Telecommunications Perspectives, for subscribers only.