With 670,000 employees, China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom) is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the People’s Republic of China. The state-owned telecommunications company that has 194 million fixed-line telephone subscribers, 62 million mobile subscribers, and 62 million broadband customers.
China Telecom decided to build data centers from which it could offer a range of hosting services. It wanted to contain costs while adding the flexibility to meet changing customer needs. To expand its hosting business, China Telecom built an Internet Data Center (IDC) at its subsidiary, Shanghai Telecom, to determine the best infrastructure for creating flexible cloud computing services.
China Telecom built the IDC using the Windows Server with Hyper-V technology and Microsoft System Center data center solutions. By using Microsoft software, China Telecom got its first IDC up and running in just six months—half the time it would have taken using VMware—and achieved significantly lower costs. By offering dynamically configurable cloud resources, China Telecom can meet a wider range of customer needs and greatly expand its hosting business.
The Shanghai Telecom test cloud-computing data center uses Microsoft software on HP hardware. The software, including Windows Server with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center data center solutions such as Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager, and Virtual Machine Manager, runs on 40 HP DL460 blade servers.
The benefits for the company have included a six-month time-to-market, new business growth, and more flexibility to meet customer demands.
“By using Microsoft software, we were able to get our [Internet Data Center] up and running in just six months; half the time it would have taken us using competing technologies,” notes Yanming Shang, China Telecom product manager for new business, development center (Shanghai Branch).