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Future Cloud: cloud computing from multiple worlds

Today’s companies are managing a mixed public, private, and on-premises IT landscape

Cloud infrastructure of the future

Studies of cloud computing agree on a few points. The main reasons for cloud computing are: flexibility, agility, scalability, and cost efficiency. The Future Cloud Infrastructure offers all necessary components to fulfill these requirements. It is based on three basic technologies: VMware, Microsoft Azure Stack, and OpenStack. The systems of various manufacturers enable integration into an existing multi-cloud structure.

Challenges for hybrid IT architecture

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IT departments reply on a mix of various cloud services for IT infrastructures (IaaS), development and operations platforms (PaaS), and applications (SaaS). They then combine and add to these services with on-premises IT landscapes. The result: a hybrid IT architecture, with traditional IT, private, and public cloud models side by side, as well as internally and externally procured IT resources.

In addition, IT data protection, IT governance, and cloud compliance, which are essential for the virtualization of business-critical applications, must also be taken into consideration. It is costly to guarantee governance, transparency, as well as comprehensive security and compliance. After all, managing numerous technologies and service providers in parallel is an not insignificant task. For this reason, many major companies opt for a dedicated environment in the private cloud for business-critical applications. But is the speed sufficient?
 

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What are the top challenges facing IT decision-makers?

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requirements of digitalization

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cost pressures

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stable and secure IT operations
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When the private cloud functions like a public cloud

In terms of scalability, the private cloud has long been considered sluggish in comparison to its public cloud counterpart. This no longer applies to the new generation of private cloud. It is entirely software-defined. The high level of individualization and maximum security and compliance remain, along with guaranteed availability and service level agreements. And yet: setup is carried out much quicker. The IT resources are now available at the touch of a button in the private cloud as well – effectively a private environment with the look & feel of a public cloud. For companies, this means one thing first and foremost: greater speed and agility.

The future remains hybrid

Although the new private cloud represents a crucial step forward, it will not replace the public cloud. Its high-quality standardization, cost benefits, and location independence make the open infrastructure ideal for many scenarios in companies. The future is thus hybrid. Nevertheless, the newly achieved speed no doubt makes the private cloud an ideal basis for seamless integration of existing systems and processes into the hybrid cloud. With an agile and flexible framework, the Future Cloud Infrastructure is therefore also at the center of the hybrid@scale approach from T-Systems.

Hybrid IT landscapes dominate

Together with PAC, we have summarized the challenges and approaches to hybrid IT infrastructures.

VMware, OpenStack, and Microsoft Azure Stack

The Future Cloud Infrastructure is based on three different base technologies: VMware, OpenStack, and Microsoft Azure Stack. These form the core of the advanced private cloud. When migrating, the whole environment initially moves to this platform. The data are kept either in T-Systems’ highly secure data centers or in the on-site customer cloud. It is from there that IT experts optimize the IT landscape, and only then do they transfer individual components into the public cloud. The advantage: the transformation thus takes place in a much faster and more structured way. At the same time, a highly scalable hybrid cloud environment emerges that not only can be expanded into the multi-cloud as required, but also meets all requirements in terms of compliance, trusted security, and speed.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure – the on-premises cloud

T-Systems graphic of a Hyperconverged Infrastructure

The public cloud or a private cloud as a cloud computing center of an IT provider is not always suitable for operating a cloud. For remote locations, bandwidth can become a challenge for cloud usage. For complex structures with applications which are heavily dependent on one another, it is sometimes necessary to keep the IT as hardware-dependent as possible. The subject of security also continues to play a key role for many companies, in particular when it comes to using shared IT resources from the cloud. Strict compliance guidelines and business-critical application scenarios can prevent them from transferring their productive environment to a service provider.

There is one solution for all these requirements: Hyperconverged Infrastructure – the on-premises cloud. This offer provides all necessary components for a stable server with a secure cloud and a central user interface for simple self-management. The infrastructure is physically located directly at the company and from there provides a secure and scalable private cloud for all digitalization requirements. Hyperconverged Infrastructure by T-Systems is best combined with cloud offers such as DSI vCloud based on VMware. This makes possible the seamless link between the on-premises cloud environment and the DSI vCloud in order to map a backup or disaster recovery scenario, for example.

White paper

Read about how companies find the right balance in the reorientation of their infrastructure in our white paper (Gartner report, "2019 Strategic roadmap for compute infrastructure" included).

Gartner: Customers praise reliable and stable platforms

In the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Managed Hybrid Infrastructures, Gartner puts T-Systems in the leader quadrant. T-Systems is focused on hybrid cloud operations for digital business. It is in a position to offer stable, secure, and cost-efficient hybrid services that transfer legacy mainframe and ERP operational processes into the public cloud with strong private cloud service offers. This is enabled using a technology-focused approach supported by end-to-end SLAs (and not with those which are based on a single layer of technology) as well as with flexibly managed cloud engagement models, thus reducing the risks for customers. T-Systems has invested heavily in automation. SAP hosting is an important strength of T-Systems, the largest hosting provider (measured by the number of users) for SAP globally and, with 770 terabytes (TB) of HANA databases, the largest SAP system in the world. All of this is supported by the "Run on Satisfaction" guarantee, which allows immediate termination of contract at any time after the transition period. Customers value T-Systems for its alliances and partnerships, value for money, methods and quality assurance processes, as well as centralization and consolidation processes.

What is a Future Cloud Infrastructure?

 T-Systems graphic of a future cloud infrastructure
  • Private cloud with the look & feel of a public cloud
  • Software-defined data center with computing, storage, and network
  • Multi/hybrid cloud management: VMwareCloud Foundation
  • Technology based on Hyperconverged Infrastructure: HCI
  • Available in all strategic T-Systems computing centers with delivery options from customer computing centers
  • Access via portal or API
  • Private cloud technology options: VMware, Microsoft Azure Stack, OpenStack

Digital ecosystem

To prepare for the future, companies need four building blocks: connectivity, cloud and IT infrastructure, security, and digitalization. With a Future Cloud Infrastructure, companies are set up for the future. 

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