[gnulinuxinasia] Thailand's AIS builds Linux computing cluster

  • From: "Frederick Noronha [फ़रेदरिक नोरोनया]" <fred@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 11:02:37 +0530


Thailand's AIS builds Linux computing cluster
By Aaron Tan, ZDNet Asia
Monday, April 09 2007 05:44 PM

Thailand's largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) has
built a computing cluster as the delivery platform for its mobile

Comprising 200 Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers, the Value-added
Service Control Point (VSCP) system provides AIS with the capability
to quickly launch new mobile services, as well as manage service
quality and billing, according to a statement last week.

AIS said it saved "millions of dollars" with the new system,
"drastically" reducing both hardware and software costs, and enjoyed
"great flexibility" in tweaking its own solution and avoiding vendor

In Thailand, the prepaid service market serves the vast majority of
cellphone users. However, it has challenged operators such as AIS,
which have had to integrate next-generation technologies with legacy
systems that are expensive to implement and lacking in usage-tracking

AIS said upgrading its existing systems to serve the growing prepaid
market would cost "tens of millions of dollars", resulting in its
decision to develop its own system.

Arakin Rakchittapoke, the operator's executive of infrastructure
platform development, said: "AIS is currently the biggest mobile phone
operator in Thailand, so the availability preference for us is 99.999
percent uptime.

"For every minute of downtime, there is potential for 60,000
[customer] complaints and we can't have that," Arakin said. "We need a
cost-effective solution that will be resilient and reliable as our
demand in the telecommunications industry and the prepaid market,
continue to grow."

Although cluster computing is widely known to be a Linux stronghold,
software giant Microsoft has also been making some headway in that
market. Analyst company Gartner noted recently that Microsoft's
Windows Compute Cluster Server is doing better than expected, winning
over customers with small-cluster implementations that integrate with
Windows desktop PCs.

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