Short-term goal is consolidation of virtualization, Digicel exec says

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Haiti's largest mobile operator, Digicel, will be looking to consolidate its virtualization strategy in the next 1-2 years, Rabih Youssef, head of IT at Digicel Haiti told BNamericas.

"We have a lot of servers to group together and consolidate to have one big computing system that can bring all the databases and systems together in order to minimize the space, the environment, the power," he said. "Even the support cost can get grouped together."

Digicel Haiti is a customer of Oracle's Exadata database machines, and Youssef said that he had his eyes trained on the "Exa family" - Exadata, Exalogic middleware, super cluster - and that he is "also doing a little checking up on virtualization, the cloud and the VDI [virtual desktop infrastructure] client that Oracle uses."

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"I'm talking about database consolidation and application consolidation.... We're looking to consolidate more in the point of view of data center and applications," the executive said.

"Exalytics could be a window for us, especially since we're using the Oracle database for data warehousing. So it could be a future reporting tool for the data warehouse," he added. "But not for the time being; this would be a future step."

Digicel Haiti manages about 40 terabytes of data for data warehouse, in which the company stores all of the subscriber information, the call records, location-based information, messaging, data calls and voice calls, among others.

Youssef would not provide a hard number for the company's IT budget this year or next, but said "we've invested a lot in the technology that we use, to better serve the customer and to stay always at the top on the technology side in order to provide good service and be available where the customer is."