Strategic partnership for Cloud Computing: T-Systems to offer customers VMware vCloud Datacenter Services

Customers can quickly increase their IT capacities in T-Systems’ high-security data centers.

June 18, 2012

 

  • Cost reduction and business agility through standardized cloud services.
  • Customers can quickly increase their IT capacities in T-Systems’ high-security data centers.
  • Data privacy and compliance in line with German legislation.

T‑Systems join forces with VMware to provide customers with easier, quicker and more manageable access to cloud computing. The companies announced their strategic partnership today at the VMware vForum 2012 in Frankfurt.

On average enterprises have virtualized more than 50 percent of their servers, leading to sizable gains in efficiency and manageability over the past few years. That enterprises are increasingly choosing VMware’s virtualization and cloud solutions to realize these benefits speaks to the trust that customers place in VMware cloud infrastructure. Yet the promise of cloud to access IT capacity on-demand without a fixed investment is better fulfilled when a service provider offers the same quality of IT infrastructure in the cloud that enterprises are used to on-premise. The VMware vCloud Datacenter Service to be provided by T-Systems delivers on the hybrid cloud promise, to provide IT infrastructure out of the cloud that has undergone a demanding certification process by VMware. This gives enterprises the confidence to move IT capacity into the cloud easily and without any surprises in terms of portability, compatibility, security, manageability and control.  Thus when a customer’s data center has reached its capacity limit, or resources for new projects are needed within minutes, T-Systems provides a familiar solution in a hybrid cloud model. T-Systems plans to deliver its VMware vCloud Datacenter Service this fall. It will be based on VMware’s award-winning cloud infrastructure suite, including VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director.

Into the cloud at the push of a button

“Put simply, enterprises will be able to move the contents of their servers to the T-Systems cloud at the push of a button,” said Jürgen Urbanski, Cloud expert at T-Systems and a member of Deutsche Telekom’s Cloud Leadership Team. “Internally, we have been using proven VMware technologies for many years. Therefore, we are delighted to announce that we plan to deliver VMware vCloud Datacenter Services. This will help ensure that our joint customers can move seamlessly between on-premise and cloud deployments, with the high standards of security and compliance expected of a German provider,” he added.

Deutsche Telekom aims to strengthen its growth with cloud services over the next few years. Closer partnerships with top-tier technology providers like VMware play a crucial part in achieving this aspiration. “Our goals are to make innovations from our community of strategic partners available to customers more quickly, to empower customers through self-service, and to offer customers choice and flexibility by embracing industry-leading standards and cloud APIs,” says Urbanski.  “Our new VMware vCloud Datacenter Service will be a great example of that.”

“We have a long-standing strategic partnership with T-Systems. Starting with the virtualization of the server and client infrastructure, through business-critical applications to setting up a highly automated data center environment, we are delighted that T-Systems is now also expanding the VMware vCloud Datacenter Services network,” said Thomas Kühlewein, Vice President for VMware CEMEA. “T-Systems understands how a whole mix of factors are changing the nature of IT and running a business: more mobile employees, a host of new devices, applications and data, as well as an increased need for greater flexibility – all while continuing to control costs. T-Systems cloud services help IT organizations master these new challenges, and delivering VMware vCloud Datacenter Services can enable them to successfully become key innovation drivers for their organizations,” Kühlewein continued.

“This exciting news of how we deliver on our Cloud strategy is another example of how T-Systems’ customers in South Africa can benefit from our Cloud services, reflecting our 7 year track record and maturity in the cloud environment. However, the benefits of VMWare virtualisation and resource sharing is not totally new to the South African market. We have already established our Dynamic Services for SAP and Dynamic Services for Standard Applications solutions in South Africa – based on a private cloud service that meets the business demands of scalability, agility and usage based computing – which utilizes VMWare’s virtualization and resource sharing capabilities. Some of our South African customers’ who are making use of our Cloud Services, are already experiencing the real benefits of the T-Systems relationship with technology providers, such as VMware,” says Roelof Louw, Cloud Expert at T-Systems in South Africa.