Brazilian Service Provider Alelo Migrates to Cloud Data Center Using IBM PureSystems

By Laura Stotler

Alelo Brasilan, a provider of pre-paid credit and benefit cards, is migrating its applications to the cloud by working with IBM. The move will enable the company to upgrade and simplify its IT infrastructure as well as offer enhanced services to its customers.

The service provider has mirrored sites in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, through which it maintains more than 90 servers. The company is using a solution based on IBM PureSystems to virtualize its infrastructure to enable continued growth of its operations. The migration to the cloud supports high availability, scalability and top standards of service while also reducing the need for physical data center space.

Alelo is one of a growing number of service providers migrating from physical data center infrastructure to virtualized and cloud-based solutions. Virtualized and software-defined data centers (SDDC) are gaining traction for a number of reasons, particularly because of the cost savings and scalability they afford. MarketsandMarkets has the space forecast to reach $5.41 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 68.7 percent.

Managed service providers (MSPs), telecoms and cloud service providers are among the top adopters of virtualized and cloud-based data center infrastructure, largely because of the interoperability among hardware components it affords as well as support for multi-tenancy. When efficiency and scalability are added to the mix, it makes an attractive alternative for growing service providers.

Alelo is using IBM’s PureSystems family of solutions via a hybrid Power and x86 environment with databases housed on a virtualized UNIX platform. Workload applications run on x86 platforms, enabling Alelo to consolidate and reduce its server footprint as well as save money on software licenses. As an added bonus of consolidating physical operations, Alelo is saving on power consumption and heat emission and has reduced the number of processors required. Spending on hardware and software maintenance has also been reduced.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

MSPToday Contributing Editor

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