Cloud data centers as secure IT basis
Jul 8, 2014
Today, IT is becoming the enabler cross all industries when it comes to digitalizing business processes. IT is also becoming a central interface to the customer. Industrial processes have become so intertwined with IT that they are taking on an increasingly active role in company added value. Almost one-fourth of GDP growth in Germany is said to result from the use of ICT. That means IT has become part of the critical infrastructure and is now essential to both the economy and individual businesses. The foundation in all of this is future-ready IT at cloud data centers.
German cloud data centers stand for data privacy
“Cloud made in Germany” is one of this future-ready IT’s special quality features. Because of the strict data privacy policies in Germany, data there is protected from third-party access. Unlike in other countries, data encryption is allowed in Germany. That makes data security a competitive advantage for Germany – also when it comes to cloud data centers. The highest security available is a must for many companies and institutions that do not want to have their data processed at databases outside of Germany where they cannot be sure of the quality. In some cases it is not even permitted to store data in non-German data centers. In an international comparison, German providers are also in the lead when it comes to hosting. More and more international customers and partners want to store their data at German cloud data centers, partially because of the NSA scandal. Cloud customers also rightly expect their systems to be available at all times. That is why T-Systems promises two things as a service provider: “Cloud made in Germany” and “Zero Outage”.
New cloud data center: the IT factory of the future
In order to live up to these promises and to be able to address the growing demand for affordable cloud applications, T-Systems, as Germany’s leading provider, relies on large-scale cloud data centers designed as high-tech factories.
The company equipped an already up and running T-Systems data center near the city of Biere, which is close to Magdeburg, to match the one located in Magdeburg. The two data centers work as twins. The data centers use parallel data storage, so that even if one of them goes offline, the data can always be accessed via its twin. The latest high-performance data center opened on July 3rd. With 39,600 square meters of space, the facility in Biere will be Germany’s largest cloud data center and one of the largest in Europe after completion.
The new cloud data center guarantees the highest degree of data and operational security and is secure both in terms of technology and personnel. The twin-core concept dictates that the two mirrored cores be located at least 20 kilometers apart. That guarantees that the data at one of the two data centers is permanently available (99.999 percent availability) thanks to the other.
All of the data flows through secure IP VPN tunnels that are separated from public networks. That creates a closed system, completely protected from outside access. State-of-the-art encryption technology makes sure that data can only be viewed by authorized persons.
Opening of the new data center in Biere: f.l.t.r. Dr. Ferri Abolhassan (Director T-Systems), Timotheus Höttges (CEO of Deutschen Telekom), Siegmar Gabriel (Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy), Dr. Reiner Haseloff (Premier of Saxony-Anhalt) and Andreas Ahlmann (Director of Hannover Leasing).
Data flows checked for malware
The firewall gets additional support from security mechanisms such as intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems, which check data flows for suspicious elements like malware and track suspicious attack patterns. The security systems are constantly expanded in collaboration with the Telekom Cyber Defense Center in order to identify and prevent new forms of hacker attacks on a broad level. The cloud data center in Biere offers businesses the secure, digital production capacities that are so critical to their business.