According to a March 2015 survey by Bitkom, Germany’s leading IT industry association, security concerns have hindered wider adoption of cloud computing by German businesses. 60 percent of respondents said they feared sensitive data could fall into the wrong hands. Almost one in two said they were worried that important information could be stolen. Against this background, close to 75 percent of German enterprises insist that their cloud service providers have data centers or company headquarters within the EU. Since the overturn of the Safe Harbor agreement, this trend has been gaining momentum.
Cloud services governed by German legislation
IDC’s 2014 survey, Hybrid Cloud in Germany, revealed that many businesses are concerned they will not be able to meet statutory data-protection requirements. As a result, senior IT executives have a strong preference for providers who operate data centers in Germany (50 percent), conclude contracts in accordance with German legislation (48 percent), and encrypt data prior to transmission (44 percent).
Secure and flexible
The Open Telekom Cloud addresses the data privacy and security requirements of businesses. T-Systems hosts the public cloud in a cutting-edge cloud data center near Magdeburg that commenced operations in 2014. Where required, data can be replicated to a twin site in Magdeburg, offering maximum levels of security for sensitive data. The buildings are protected by the latest security systems, and physical access is strictly controlled. Together, the two data centers can currently support about 30,000 servers on 5,400 square meters of space. The sites can be potentially expanded to nearly 40,000 square meters.
Pay-as-you-go services charged by the minute
Two pricing models are available with the Open Telekom Cloud: With Open Elastic, customers only pay for the resources they actually use. Resource consumption is measured and charged by the minute. The Reserved model allows customers to order resources for a period of 12, 24 or 36 months. They can decide whether to pay on a monthly basis or upfront. Customers who pay in advance enjoy significant discounts.
Complete package available
Moreover, T-Systems offers a complete package of cloud services encompassing the Open Telekom Cloud, the existing private-cloud portfolio, wide (WAN) and local area networks (LAN). Moreover, T-Systems offers a complete package of cloud services encompassing the Open Telekom Cloud, the existing private-cloud portfolio, wide (WAN) and local area networks (LAN). Services based on our extensive experience transforming customers’ legacy environments, such as Cloudifier, Cloud Integration Center and AppAgile, are complementing the package.