Technical Note to Editors
All data generated by Vodafone in the markets in which it operates is stored and processed in the required Google Cloud facilities as per local jurisdiction requirements and in accordance with local laws and regulations. Customer permissions and Vodafone’s own rigorous security and privacy by design processes also apply.
On the back of their collaborative work, Vodafone and Google Cloud will also explore opportunities to provide consultancy services, offered either jointly or independently, to other multi-national organisations and businesses.
The platform is being built using the latest hybrid cloud technologies from Google Cloud to facilitate the rapid standardisation and movement of data in both Vodafone’s physical data centres and onto Google Cloud. Dynamo will direct all of Vodafone’s worldwide data, extracting, encrypting, and anonymizing the data from source to cloud and back again, enabling intelligent data analysis and generating efficiencies and insight.
Vodafone maintains vast troves of valuable business data, and it needs to be able to extract and blend data from one system with data from another, and to move data between multiple business systems.
Nucleus is Vodafone’s global integrated data platform with a standard data model and common processes, data sourcing and data products.
Google Cloud and Vodafone are co-developing this entirely new platform to help Vodafone reinvent its approach to data, analytics and business intelligence. It will make business insights available more quickly and empower informed decision making. Nucleus will use data that can be trusted, thanks to clear lineage and robust data governance capabilities from Google Cloud.
Dynamo is the part of Nucleus that extracts and manages data from source systems and distributes the data to where it is used. This market-first hybrid data integration system will help Vodafone reduce costs, re-use data artefacts, and simplify and centralise operations across its global footprint.
It uses the latest hybrid cloud technologies to facilitate the movement of data in a standard format using a single technology that runs as one system in Vodafone and Google data centres.
Key benefits include:
- Encouraging re-use of data and compliance with standards across multiple markets by basing all the user interfaces on common API’s and strong security and compliance protocols.
- Supporting the movement of 5,000 data feeds per day to the cloud – the equivalent of 50 terabytes per day or more than 10 petabytes each year and growing.
- Avoiding duplication of data extraction efforts by building reusable connectors to systems like SAP etc and reusable data pipelines, halving the time taken to extract data and reducing the time taken to generate insights.
- Increasing the speed at which new data pipelines are built by 25%. These pipelines move the data from the source where it is generated to a warehouse or data hub for storage and analysis.
- Automatically controlling the capacity of a data pipeline depending on time of day and demand.
- Improving zero-touch automation with smart alerts and self-healing capabilities.
Leveraging Google Cloud’s data and analytics technologies like BigQuery and Dataproc, the platform, called Neuron, enables Nucleus. Announced in November 2019, Neuron is now operational in multiple Vodafone markets.
Google Cloud’s scalable, reliable, and secure infrastructure will underpin Vodafone’s SAP environments, enabling Vodafone to augment its SAP systems with Google Cloud’s analytics and AI capabilities, and helping to derive more value out of its SAP data. Accenture will act as Vodafone’s SAP migration partner, helping Vodafone seamlessly transition business critical SAP environments onto Google Cloud.
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Vodafone is a leading telecommunications company in Europe and Africa. We are the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe and a leading global IoT connectivity provider. Our M-Pesa technology platform in Africa enables over 45m people to benefit from access to mobile payments and financial services. We operate mobile and fixed networks in 21 countries and partner with mobile networks in 48 more. As of 31 December 2020, we had over 300m mobile customers, more than 27m fixed broadband customers, over 22m TV customers and we connected more than 118m IoT devices.