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T-Systems said standardising all of its cloud services on one cloud platform will improve security, flexibility and automation

T-Systems said standardising all of its cloud services on one cloud platform will improve security, flexibility and automation

T-Systems, the IT service provider arm of German telco Deutsche Telekom announced this week that the company plans to integrate all of its cloud services onto a new unified, fully-redundant cloud infrastructure platform. The company says its standardisation efforts will help increase the automation and flexibility of its services, and allow enterprises to implement more robust data residency and data privacy policies.

The company said that it will standardise its cloud services including its IaaS, collaboration and software services on its Dynamic Cloud Platform moving forward, starting with its Munich datacentres. The platform, which is fully redundant (constructed according to the “twin-core” principle) and linked with 10GbE between each datacentre, was developed in conjunction with Cisco.

T-Systems said tying its heterogeneous offerings together on a single platform will improve the services’ flexibility and bring a higher level of automation to the back-end network and datacentre operations.

“Converting to other systems is generally burdensome and generates high costs and downtime. Thanks to the Dynamic Cloud Platform, this will no longer be a problem for growing customers who need more capacity,” said Ferri Abolhassan, director of production and board member at T-Systems. “Customers can combine cloud services flexibly and use them as needed. This means better service and more comfort for the more than 12,000 different customer landscapes that can now be operated in one datacentre.”

Abolhassan explained that the company has started using a hybrid cloud platform which links customer information held on a physical platform separate from the cloud platforms themselves. He said this feature will allow customers to wrap security and governance policies around their data in a more robust way.  Much like its parent T-Systems has been keen to respond to allegations of US spying which has according to the company left many German businesses “deeply unsettled” about the state ; it’s also looking to standardise on IPv6, the latest version of the internet communication protocol, which is said to offer features that improve privacy (privacy extensions) and simplify network operations.

“As far as data privacy goes, we can classify the individual processes for each customer. The platform will automatically detect from which datacentre the process should be operated. If a customer wants to process critical data exclusively in the EU, then the processing takes place exclusively in our European datacentres, or even just in Germany,” he said.

The company said it plans to roll out the platform in its Houston, Texas datacentre later this year, followed by Frankfurt and Magdeburg/Biere, Germany and a possible roll out in Asia Pacific