San Francisco, August 27, 2012 - T Systems joins forces with VMware to provide customers with easier, quicker and more manageable access to cloud computing. The companies confirmed their strategic partnership today at VMworld® 2012 in San Francisco announcing VMware vCloud® Datacenter Services from T-Systems. Among the first customers to benefit from the partnership is Europe's number one car marketplace, AutoScout24, and Actum/G2, the Czech digital marketing specialist within the multinational advertising and public relations group WPP.
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 virtualization and cloud solutions to realize these benefits speaks to the trust that customers place in VMware cloud infrastructure. Service providers play a key role in the promise of cloud to deliver on-demand access to IT capacity on-demand without additional infrastructure investments. 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. The new service – available internationally - is based on VMware’s award-winning cloud infrastructure suite, including VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud Director®.
Flexible resources for dynamic markets
Flexible data center resources are essential for companies active in dynamic markets. Involved in the markets of 18 countries, AutoScout24 is the largest online car marketplace Europe-wide. "We require flexible, on-demand IT resources because our markets change every day," explained Joachim Rath, Head of IT Production of AutoScout24, which is part of the Deutsche Telekom group. "And that's why we appreciate the T-Systems offering based on VMware cloud infrastructure that will speed our ability to shift computing workloads between private and public clouds efficiently and effectively."
Another customer to use VMware vCloud technology is Actum/G2, a digital marketing specialist in the Czech Republic. It is part of the WPP group, one of the largest advertising and public relations companies worldwide. The Prague-based agency provides customers with websites and apps from the cloud while T-Systems supplies the necessary infrastructure on-demand, highly available and secure.
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’ll be able to deliver VMware vCloud Datacenter Services from fall on. 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 by customers,” 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,” said Urbanski. “Our new VMware vCloud Datacenter Service is a great example of that.”
“VMware is pleased that T-Systems is joining the VMware vCloud® Datacenter Services community to bring its enterprise-class cloud services to multiple countries around the globe," said Mathew Lodge, vice president, cloud services product marketing and management, VMware. "T-Systems will broaden its VMware expertise by adding this cloud service offering to its existing and highly capable VMware consulting and integration practice, giving customers outstanding options for their cloud deployments."
About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 129 million mobile customers, almost 34 million fixed-network lines and 17 million broadband lines (as of March 31, 2012). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has over 235,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenue of EUR 58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year – over half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).
Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. On this basis, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. Some 48,200 employees at T-Systems combine industry expertise with ICT innovations to add significant value to customers' core business all over the world. The corporate customers unit generated revenue of around EUR 9.2 billion in the 2011 financial year.
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2011 revenues of $3.77 billion, VMware has more than 350,000 customers and 50,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com. Its German branch office is located in Unterschleissheim, Munich.
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