To accelerate the delivery of IT infrastructure, speed the production of new software applications, and improve IT responsiveness to the business, the Volkswagen Group deployed a next-generation cloud based on Intel® Architecture and the Mirantis OpenStack* cloud platform. Volkswagen centrally deployed the OpenStack software on Intel-based servers in the company’s new Wolfsburg data ...center.
The cloud platform was optimized to take full advantage of the features of Intel Architecture and Intel’s many contributions to the open-source projects that continue to enhance OpenStack, Linux*, and Ceph—key components of the Volkswagen infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution. In addition, Intel’s expertise in configuring these components for best results on Intel Architecture was provided directly to Volkswagen’s IT architects.
As part of the cloud project, Volkswagen worked with Mirantis to add critical enterprise features to OpenStack to ensure that applications can be managed with high performance and that IT administrators have full control of the data center infrastructure. Supported by Intel’s engagement in the OpenStack development community, such enterprise features were provided back into the open-source projects at the heart of this program.
With the OpenStack cloud in place, infrastructure resources that were previously locked into rigid silos can now be pooled, shared, and accessed on demand, enabling greater business and IT agility. The company’s head of IT infrastructure shares that the cloud solution and standardization on Intel-based platforms have helped the Volkswagen Group cut IT infrastructure costs by more than 70 percent.
Going forward, the OpenStack-based cloud will help the Volkswagen Group accelerate existing business functions and the rollout of new technologies that enable business transformation and keep the Volkswagen brand at the leading edge of the industry.