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The Future of IT is Hybrid

T-Systems, the large account unit of Deutsche Telekom, has more than 10 years of experience in cloud computing. The T-Systems Dynamic Services division has become the European market leader for private cloud services, thanks to its ability to provide companies with systems and services from the cloud at short notice to meet their needs for high availability, low cost maximum security online resources. However, there is growing demand in the public cloud sector as well. That’s why T-Systems and its partner, Huawei, are now focusing on the public cloud market in Europe.

Agile IT is the pre-requisite for innovations, new business models, and fast time to market. With the necessary flexibility to ensure agility, public cloud models are causing demand to skyrocket: IDC projects that the market for public cloud computing will be worth USD 127.5 billion in 2018, with USD 24.6 billion coming from Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). What’s more, the public cloud is becoming a viable sourcing alternative for European CIOs when it comes to the fast adoption of new ideas or the enhancement of existing capacities. The trend: hybrid IT environments in which private and public clouds, along with existing IT, are combined to build truly dynamic IT concepts and solutions.

The Future of IT is Hybrid

Data Security is the Top Priority

Today, key European regulations are impacting this trend, especially when it comes to public clouds. For example, European data centers that process cloud data must be located in Europe and comply with European data protection and privacy standards. Being a German enterprise, T-Systems fully satisfies such criteria. Equipped with the very latest security technology and comprehensive access controls, the T-Systems TwinCore Data Center in Biere, Germany, is a ‘Fort Knox’ for data. And, to ensure the highest levels of resilience and outage prevention are upheld, all data and systems are mirrored in a second data center in Magdeburg. T-Systems is well aware of the enormous demand for cloud solutions, which is why the capacity of its cloud data center will be expanded by 150 percent over the next two years.

T-Systems is Banking on the European Public Cloud

At the same time, T-Systems is building a cloud ecosystem in collaboration with other leading providers. Huawei and the Open Telekom are important contributors to this partnership. The public cloud offering is based on the OpenStack standard, which is an excellent open source model for collaboration: Huawei supplies software and hardware, while T-Systems manages data centers in Biere and Magdeburg for markets throughout Europe. Data protection complies with German and European legal standards. Both partners are poised to claim a substantial share of the European market with a unique, simple, secure, and affordable solution. T-Systems is the first major European player to offer a genuine alternative to solutions originating in the U.S., and will be a trusted partner for those European business enterprises looking for a secure way to build hybrid IT clouds.

By Jörn Kellermann

Senior Vice President, Global IT Operations, T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom AG