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Future Cloud Infrastructure: a bridge to the cloud

On-premises infrastructure, private cloud and public cloud on one platform, with little effort and needs-based costs

Breaking the chains of legacy systems in IT

Cloud computing is part of the strategy of many companies – as the preferred operating model of business departments and corporate IT alike. In many cases, however, there are still legacy and on-premises systems that map critical processes and cannot simply be replaced. This is why CIOs are posing the question: how can IT be modernised in the direction of “cloud-native” without jeopardising ongoing operations or going over budget?

Traditional IT and legacy systems slow companies down

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“Digital transformation is not possible without consistent IT modernisation” – a central finding of a recent Lünendonk study*. According to the study, more than two-thirds of users see “connecting cloud solutions to existing IT systems as a challenge”. The main reasons they cite are poor compliance and security requirements and lack of interoperability. The IT landscapes have grown historically, the systems are hardly synchronised with each other. The exchange of data is only possible with difficultly, if at all, which slows down digitalisation projects and puts data controllers under enormous pressure to act.

* Source: Fit für die digitale Transformation – Status quo und Ziele bei Legacy-Modernisierung und Cloud-Migration, Lünendonk

IDC Report: The private cloud–driven revolution in healthcare

Modernising digital healthcare infrastructure is vital to drive impact, and private cloud solutions from T-Systems can serve as a key catalyst.

The best of all IT worlds

With the Future Cloud Infrastructure, you can bring IT systems together on one platform and reduce the complexity of your IT landscape at the same time. The managed private cloud service bridges the gap between legacy and on-premises systems, as well as private and public clouds. This offers numerous added values: you can use a highly secure private cloud environment with the look and feel and all the features of the public cloud. This includes agility, flexibility, cost transparency, and speed, but also maximum security and data protection compliance. The future cloud infrastructure can be used as part of a hybrid cloud in your company’s data centre or in T-Systems’ twin-core data centres.

This accelerates and simplifies your IT operations – securely and reliably, with less effort, less complexity, and at costs that are in line with your needs. Because – as is typical for the cloud – in the as-a-service model you only pay for the resources you need and use at any given time.

Towards a greener cloud

Sustainable cloud products are in demand — that's why T-Systems and Lenovo are expanding their cooperation on jointly agreed global climate goals. In their Lenovo360circle, Lenovo and their channel partners are developing their sustainability targets and working to monitor them reliably.

T-Systems’ flagship private cloud, Future Cloud Infrastructure (FCI), is hosted only in green data centres and going forward, all Lenovo nodes purchased and installed for FCI will be certified as climate neutral.

Running a stable and secure hybrid cloud

More than 301,000 US dollars loss within 60 minutes: that’s how much 91% of the respondents in 2021 in a research on server reliability** estimate a one-hour server outage would cost.

No wonder that stable IT operations is one of the most important challenges for IT decision-makers. However, the trend towards using different clouds in combination with legacy and on-premises systems makes IT management complex and infrastructures more susceptible to disruptions.

The solution: smoothly interlocking processes. Applications must be able to be moved securely from one infrastructure platform to another, and resources must be easy to allocate and remove. In the Future Cloud Infrastructure, these processes run completely automatically. Your advantages:

  • Potential human error is eliminated
  • Guarantee of system stability (zero outage)
  • Compliance with the highest security standards
  • Continuous installation of thoroughly tested software updates and releases
  • Intelligent tools for predictive monitoring detect impending faults and rectify them long before they occur.

** Source: ITIC 2021 Global Server Hardware Server OS Reliability Report, Lenovo

Reduce complexity, accelerate technological development

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A veritable flood of applications is rolling towards us: according to IDC, by 2024 more business applications will be rolled out than in the past 40 years, thanks to the greater number of developers and agile methods. This also affects the underlying IT infrastructure, which must be expanded accordingly in the companies. The result: a complex mix of owned IT infrastructure and various cloud offerings.

Reduce complexity and bring all operating models together in the Future Cloud Infrastructure – be it legacy IT, hybrid clouds, or multi-clouds:

  • the Multi Cloud Connectivity Platform (MCCP) from T-Systems ensures the integration and central management of all systems
  • The high degree of platform automation reduces sources of error and risks
  • Workloads can be standardised and easily enriched with public cloud services on demand
  • The ability to react rises: if a department needs a development environment to test new services quickly, hundreds of virtual machines can be deployed in the Future Cloud Infrastructure within minutes.

Create clear IT structures now

Design and operate a flexible, easy-to-use IT landscape with the Future Cloud Infrastructure. Our experts will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Ensure that IT operations comply with the law and regulations

Although the legislators were still reluctant to impose penalties after the final entry into force of the GDPR in May 2018, they are now punishing violations with a firm hand. Fines amounting to millions are no longer a rarity.

Regulatory requirements do not stop at infrastructure operations, such as when it comes to processing sensitive customer data. How to make IT operations compliant with the rules and regulations:

  • Future Cloud Infrastructure will give you full control over your infrastructure. This provides legal security as, unlike many public clouds, you can access the platform, create your own compliance reports, and conduct audits.
  • T-Systems itself operates the private cloud components of the Future Cloud Infrastructure in highly secure data centres in Germany, ensuring compliance with European and German guidelines and laws.
  • We address your compliance and security needs individually, drawing on many years of experience in a wide range of industries – such as finance, healthcare, and public administration.

The Future Cloud Infrastructure and its partners

Regardless of whether the future cloud infrastructure is located in your data centre or a T-Systems data centre – we rely on a strong partnership approach and work with leading manufacturers to support you with current and innovative technologies. Our most important partners are:


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


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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


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  • Industry leading Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution
  • Common policies across the whole fabric and extending into cloud instances
  • Highly secure through zero trust model
  • Open and flexible APIs for automation


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  • Helps organizations lead with data and accelerate their digital transformation
  • Market Leader across diverse industries. The subject matter expertise provides access to key verticals.
  • Extends Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Deployment (CD) Pipelines with Continuous Optimization (CO) for cloud-centric applications

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