"Digitization. Simply. Do it." Under this motto, Deutsche Telekom launched its Open Telekom Cloud on Monday morning at CeBIT in Hannover. With this new offering, the company wants to usher in the next phase of digitization, while at the same time taking the strict German data security rules into account.
"The Internet of Things has become tangible. 79% of companies believe they should be investing more in digitization. At the same time, our clients have become more uncertain since the NSA scandal, particularly on the issue of data security," said Telekom board member Tim Höttges at CeBIT in Hannover. "That's why we need a German answer, a cloud answer, which distinguishes us from other providers."
Telkom's answer is the Open Telekom Cloud. It allows the company to step into a market segment that, until now, has been dominated by American competitors. In making this move, Telekom has brought in a strong partner: the technology company Huawei. Huawei will contribute hardware and solutions expertise, while T-Systems, the business clients division of Telekom, will be responsible for the data center, operations and cloud management. This new offering is rounded off by Telekom’s network, which stands for reliable availability.
"Already in 2014, Telekom began building the largest data center in Germany - in Magdeburg. Now we are starting the second phase. The 30,000 data servers are being expanded by 150%. We have already invested EUR 150 million and are now making additional investments in the hundreds of millions. In 2018, phase two of the expansion will be complete," Höttges said during the press conference. Eric Xu, CEO Huawei, added: "We want to set new benchmarks in this area. The Open Telekom Cloud is just the beginning!"
For its new cloud solution, Telekom has decided on the OpenStack architecture as the open source cloud platform. The open but standardized and frequently used interfaces of OpenStack simplify integration and application development. Thousands of programmers around the world are working on further developing OpenStack, for example to accommodate the Internet of Things, to ensure the Open Telekom Cloud offers an optimal platform for innovation in the future.
Small and large companies can sign up for the services of the Open Telekom Cloud with just a few clicks. Deutsche Telekom wants to make the offering as flexible and scalable as possible in order to create a low threshold for interested companies.
Experience the new Open Telekom Cloud live at CeBIT in Hannover at Deutsche Telekom's stand in hall 4 (C38).