Cloud Connectivity

Always the best connection from the corporate network to the cloud

  • Simple and secure connection to private and public clouds, e.g. Open Telekom Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services
  • Cloud connectivity via MPLS and Ethernet – high performance, guaranteed service level agreements
  • Cloud connectivity via internet – with managed security services
  • Flexible bandwidths
  • Everything from a single source: hybrid networks, cloud connection, and cloud service
Bram Renmans – Sales Operations & Marketing Manager
Bram Renmans

Sales Operations & Marketing Manager

With cloud connectivity in the fast lane

Two thirds of all companies in Germany now rely on cloud computing – according to Cloud Monitor 2018 by Bitkom Research. To really benefit from the advantages of the cloud, companies rely on fast, high-performance, and secure communication between the cloud and the corporate network. Which type of cloud connection is best depends on the type of cloud and application used. For that reason, T-Systems offers companies a variety of cloud connectivity options, ensuring the optimal connection to the private and public clouds of various providers.

The right connection for every cloud platform

Open Telekom Cloud
  • Access via MPLS, Ethernet, and Internet
  • Data protection in accordance with German standards
  • Computing, storage, network, security, and management services as needed
Microsoft Azure & Amazon Web Services
  • “Private”, highly available connection with MPLS quality via standardized gateway (IntraSelect Cloud Connect)
  • Redundant peering, currently in the Frankfurt data center; other data center locations will follow shortly
Other public clouds
  • Cost-effective and flexible connection also via local, regional, or central internet breakouts
  • High-quality MPLS connection also for other public cloud services
DSI vCloud
  • Access via exclusive Ethernet connection
  • High data security and GDPR compliance
  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service based on VMware visualization technology
Customer Private Clouds
  • Connection of the company's own data center via Ethernet
  • Customer-specific data security and GDPR compliance

Three paths to the cloud: MPLS, Ethernet, or internet

In addition to using individual private and public clouds, corporations are increasingly using a cloud mix. In addition, time-critical, technically demanding applications such as video conferencing or IP telephony place high demands on data transmission between the cloud and the corporate network. Therefore, the basis for using different cloud services are hybrid networks that meet different requirements, whether fast, flexible, or cost-effective. For that reason, T-Systems provides the right path to the cloud for every usage profile: through a fast MPLS connection, encrypted over the public internet, or via exclusive Ethernet. Users can choose a cloud connection that is optimally tailored to their needs and that is efficient, flexible, and secure.
The optimal connection for every cloud application

Technical specifications

  • High-performance, private MPLS connection from the corporate network to the cloud
  • IntraSelect Cloud Connect is available for the Open Telekom Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services
  • Bandwidths between 50 Mbit/s and 10 Gbit/s
  • Flexible contract terms
  • Managed service with end-to-end responsibility and SLAs
  • Short connection times, high security, flexible contract periods
  • Comprehensive advice: cloud – connectivity – security
  • Exclusive direct connection from the corporate network to the cloud data center
  • Multi-client capable connection
  • Access to the Open Telekom Cloud and DSI vCloud
  • Guaranteed high bandwidths at up to 100 Gbit/s
  • Low latency
  • Secure transition with local, regional, and centralized internet breakouts from the corporate VPN to the cloud via the public internet
  • Managed security service for secure access to internet services
  • High flexibility of and accessibility to all public cloud services and SaaS solutions
  • Easy installation without additional hardware costs

What corporations should consider in their cloud connectivity

Whether software, platform, or Infrastructure-as-a-Service, the cloud is an integral part of the IT strategy in most corporations. But its successful use depends, among other things, on one factor that IT decision-makers often underestimate: data must be transmitted securely, cost-effectively, and with the necessary quality between the cloud platform and the corporate network. Users can only get satisfactory service with optimal cloud connectivity. However, there are various aspects to consider when choosing the cloud connection.

SLAs instead of best effort

Public cloud providers usually provide their services via the internet. But for many, especially time-critical and demanding applications, the internet is often not enough: transmission quality varies depending on the network load (best effort principle). MPLS connections make cloud connectivity with guaranteed quality possible (SLA) – just like when connecting to a private cloud. For very high demands, companies can also use Ethernet.

Regional gateways instead of central transition

Multinational corporations also have to implement their cloud connectivity in different countries. This includes not only the search for networking services that are available internationally, but also the question of latency: large public cloud providers operate multiple data centers worldwide to keep the spatial distance to the user and data transmission time low. That is why it is advisable for international companies to use regional rather than centralized gateways.

Trend toward managed services

The diversity of cloud services deployed in companies is also growing. According to the “2018 Cloud Computing Survey”, 42 percent of organizations worldwide already have a mixed or multi-cloud strategy. Yet every cloud provider realizes the connection differently – whether in the cloud data center itself or through a colocation provider. Processes such as billing also differ. Therefore, it often pays off to work with a managed service provider who has already developed solutions for connecting various private and public clouds.

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