Category: Azure, DevOps, Web Development, Nimble, Kubernetes
Date: January 2019
Vumatel has grown in significance in the fibre to the home sector. To manage the scale of growth it was experiencing it needed to be forward-facing and innovative in the way it tackled challenges. Vumatel has a start-up mentality in the way it brings technologies to market and are interested in using techniques and methodologies that give them agility in its dealings with its customers, internal and external.
While some of the services used were early-stage releases there were some teething problems in their deployment on Azure. Through Tangent Solutions’ close relationship with Microsoft these were quickly stabilised, and to date, there have not been any production issues due to the stability of the resources deployed on Azure.
How we helped
Tangent Solutions also created a field services mobile application using Xamarin Forms. This mobile app benefits both the company and its installers throughout the whole country. It enables installers to see their day to day schedule from Vumatel, payments from customers and indicates to the relevant installer that the fibre to the home which he has just installed is connected and operating. Being able to get access to this information onsite reduces the amount of times installers need to visit the site of an installation significantly reducing friction with the end customer.
The architecture put into place is Highly Available, ensuring Vumatel’s mission critical workloads are always available and that business will always be able to operate uninterrupted. To achieve this level of complexity and a highly reliable disaster recovery plan on-premise would be significantly more expensive and mostly likely not as dependable as deploying on Azure.
Due to the ISP agnosticism of the mobile app functionality used by the Vumatel installers, the company is not restricted to installing fibre for just one specific ISP but can also service almost all ISP companies in South Africa.
Moving to the Azure Cloud has enabled Vumatel to be more agile in its business operations, putting the company on a sound footing to continue growing as a company.
- Vumatel – Nimble
- Kubernetes (AKS)
- Helm charts
- ELK Stack
- Ubuntu Linux