Deutsche Telekom has now kicked off the next stage of digitization in the German and European economies by launching the Open Telekom Cloud on Monday, a public cloud combining flexible IT resources with service and strict German data protection regulations. Deutsche Telekom now provides a comprehensive cloud portfolio all under one roof: private and public cloud, software solutions including integration in companies' existing IT infrastructure.
"We are adding a new, decisive cloud offering to our existing portfolio of private cloud services that can be reached easily from the public Internet", says Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges at Cebit in Hanover.
"Fort Knox for data"
Together with Huawei, Telekom is laying the foundation for the first public cloud solution to be implemented on servers in Germany. The Open Telekom Cloud is operated in Germany's largest and most modern data center in Biere - the "Fort Knox for data", as Telekom CEO Tim Höttges said during the presentation.
Due to the server location Germany, customers benefit from the strict German data protection laws. With an hourly billing of IT resources and network services, Telekom offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from the public cloud. "We are significantly cheaper than our competitors," says Höttges.
Under the motto "Open for your Partnership, closed for everybody else", Huawei CEO Eric Xu highlighted why the Chinese technology group is contributing hardware and solution expertise: "We've created a server infrastructure in more than 150 countries," says Xu. Since 2008, the company has been investing in the research and development of the cloud.
An optimal platform for innovations
The architecture of the Open Telekom Cloud is based on OpenStack, an open source cloud platform. Telekom has deliberately opted for the open and standardized solution. "We know that our customers will use many different cloud solutions in parallel in the future," explains Höttges.
OpenStack facilitates integration and application development. In addition, thousands of programmers around the world are working on the further development of OpenStack, such as the Internet of Things. Thus, the Open Telekom Cloud is also an optimal platform for innovation.
The first partner for the Open Telekom Cloud will be SAP. “We are pleased to advance our relationship with Deutsche Telekom and announce plans to join the Open Telekom Cloud,” says Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “We look forward to extending the value of our solutions through Deutsche Telekom’s public cloud platform.“
Deutsche Telekom aims to double its revenue from cloud-based services for business customers by the end of 2018. Last year, revenue from cloud services rose by a significant double-digit figure at T-Systems alone. Up to now, customers have mainly used the specially secured private cloud. Deutsche Telekom and its subsidiary T-Systems have been offering secure end-to-end cloud solutions for companies of all sizes since 2005 – from consulting, implementation, billing and customer service through to maintenance. Deutsche Telekom’s growing partner ecosystem includes solutions from Microsoft, SAP, Cisco, Salesforce, VMWare, Huawei, SugarCRM, and Informatica.
Be a number one
"For our customers, whether major corporations or SMEs, this is an important new service for their digitization - and an essential milestone for us in our ambition to be the No. 1 provider of cloud services for business customers in Europe." awoved Tim Höttges.
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