STC, a $36B USD telecommunications giant based in Saudi Arabia decided to build upon its dominant market position and offer public cloud services to the Government, Enterprise and SMB sectors across the Kingdom and the wider Middle East Region.
STC selected OpenStack technologies for the basis of their cloud and partnered with Mirantis and NetApp to help build out a reliable and cost-effective solution. STC wanted to offer a range of other services including backup, DR, archiving, video surveillance, collaboration and also allow ISV’s to offer their own software and services via STC’s marketplace portal.
This presentation will discuss the project goals, technology selections, strengths and challenges, and economic decisions made from both a top down and bottom up perspective.
- How to choose your technology for building a cloud – both software and hardware
- What makes sense when looking at mainstream vendors versus white box/commodity infrastructure
- What challenges you can expect to face in offer services including things we know now that we wish we’d known at the start
- What services we found we could run for high demand offerings such as Backup, DR, File Sync and Share (and quite a few issues that prevented STC offering other solutions)
- How to build a Market Place/Portal to offer services to the market
- Assumptions that you can or should make when looking at the economics of your cloud