Swisscom Goes from 400VMS to 20VMs with Docker

Background

Swisscom is Switzerland’s leading telecom provider and is headquartered in Ittigen, close to the capital city, Berne. The company is one of the largest and most sustainable companies located in Switzerland. The Telecom giant has over 20,000 employees, and offers services that include mobile communications, fixed networks, Internet and digital TV to corporate and residential customers. 


Challenges

Like many large enterprises, Swisscom was looking to make the lives of their developers and IT operations teams easier. The Telecom juggernaut wanted the ability to create, manage and then deploy their state-of the art applications to their customers faster. Cost was another factor, as they were under pressure to reduce their average time to market, while also reducing the infrastructure cost to the company. These were key objectives that their executive team had prioritized.


Solution

Swisscom started using Docker internally about a year and a half ago. Today, Swisscom uses a combination of different Docker tools. They are using Docker Machine as well as Docker Swarm. By using Docker they were able to go from 400 VMs in 400 databases, to now 20 VMs running 400 databases. This enables Swisscom to maximize the benefit of their infrastructure, while also reducing costs. They are now able to save money, as well as improve their speed and the technology they provide to their customer, with a Docker platform that makes it super easy to deploy their apps. The company is now working on embracing Docker Containers-as-a-Service and want to use as much Docker technology in-house as they possibly can. .


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