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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.

What is a Future Cloud Infrastructure?

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  • 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

Future Cloud Infrastructure: What are the advantages?

  • Reduction of investment and operating costs of local and central IT infrastructure
  • Reduction of operational and safety risks
  • Scale, extend and move workloads and capacity into the public cloud
  • Reduction of infrastructure and application deployment times from weeks to days or hours
  • Acceleration of innovation cycles to bring services/products to market faster
  • Easier deployment due to self-service catalog and APIs to increase developer productivity
  • Systems are more available and more powerful, thus improving employee productivity and satisfaction

The Future Cloud Infrastructure and its partners

Future Cloud Infrastructure is based on a strong partnership approach. Our main partners are:


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  • Works together with T-Systems to deliver a fast, stable and flexible platform
  • Factory integrated, tested and validated building blocks delivered directly to data center
  • VMware certified hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) nodes
  • Hardware lifecycle management – continuous refresh


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  • Industry-leading VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), delivering the software-defined data center (SDDC)
  • Seamless integration capabilities via APIs
  • Evergreening through continuous development and improvement
  • Speed and agility through integrated automation for infrastructure, applications and life-cycle management


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  • Develop industry leading infrastructure to run applications efficiently and store data reliably
  • Protect the security of data through latest technology incl. new memory concepts and CPU instruction code
  • Constantly optimizing the carbon footprint via latest technology and architecture optimizations
  • Generate knowledge from data to optimize decision-making processes by making use of AI and ML

3 factors driving the demand for cloud services:


of organizations see improvements to their organizational effectiveness through cloud adoption


of organizations want to simplify their IT landscapes across infrastructure and applications


of organizations demand more agility and speed from IT
IDC 2019

CRISP Research

Digital Infrastructure Platform – Win & Fail Factors of hybrid infrastructures in the cloud native age

We consistently use the principles of the public cloud for the private cloud. With the Future Cloud Infrastructure, we are saving up to 20 percent in costs – to the benefit of our customers.

Martin Holzinger, Head of Business Development & Infrastructure Consulting, T-Systems

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?

Hybrid IT landscapes dominate

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

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.

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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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We look forward to your project!

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Shaping the multi-cloud

Future Cloud Infrastructure offers future-oriented multi-cloud management to keep compliance and costs under control.

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