Computacenter switches Liberty to private cloud

22 December 2017

Computacenter has migrated Liberty Global’s operations onto a new private cloud environment using VMware.

Claimed to be the world’s largest international cable company, Liberty Global offers quad play services across 12 European countries and a portfolio of brands including Virgin Media, Telenet and UPC.

Computacenter says the company needed to unite its operations to maximise agility but found that traditional data centre infrastructure no longer offered the flexibility it needed.

Liberty Global’s new cloud environment comprises around 1,000 virtual servers and supports business-critical systems such as the company’s backend TV platform and user identity solution for 25 million customers in Europe.

The company worked with Computacenter at every stage, from the design and implementation of the container-based platform to network configuration. It’s claimed Liberty can now launch new services immediately, and is no longer restricted by 12-month development cycles.

All new services will be hosted within the private cloud environment, with hybrid cloud capabilities to be introduced in the future. Additionally, the new platform allows Liberty to centralise its mixed product sets across 12 individual operating companies into a single offering.

“The benefits of having a private cloud is we get to increase the capacity much easier than ever before,” says Colin Miles, European VP of data centre technology, Liberty Global. “Working with a flexible capacity model, we’re able to reduce the footprint inside the data centre through having composable architectures.”