Migrating and running applications in the cloud can present challenges for IT departments. Resources such as virtual servers and applications need to be orchestrated in different clouds. Application containers are advisable for migration; these containers can be moved to any cloud.
There are pitfalls on the way to transforming an IT architecture to becoming cloud-based. The transformation must not disrupt running operations and existing applications which are often required to be available for use during the process. The road that connects the existing IT world with the new, digitalized environment runs through platform-independent container services.
Container services enable the operation of applications, middleware, and data banks on any platform. Within the scope of managed services with defined SLAs (Service Level Agreements), companies gain maximum stability and are assured of the continuous operation of their production systems. For test and development projects, self-service provides you with the greatest possible flexibility: you will be able to switch your applications on and off as required and reduce costs to actual usage.
Once an application has been developed as a container solution, it may be operated on a large number of different platforms – in the private or public cloud or even in a company's own data center. This also applies to applications which were not originally designed to be operated in the cloud. As part of the transformation (cloud shift), such applications are made fit for a virtualized environment and merge seamlessly into the new infrastructure.
The container services of T-Systems enable dynamic applications on all platforms with exclusively tested services. A service catalog that is not dependent on specific manufacturers offers maximum flexibility – as well as the choice between managed service and self-service. The decision for which platform to operate your applications on is yours. The end-to-end service combines application, middleware, and data bank operation with services offering transformation and migration of applications to the cloud.
To prepare for the future, companies need four building blocks: connectivity, cloud and IT infrastructure, security, and digitalization. Hybrid application services bring together the best of the different cloud services provided by different cloud providers.