Monday, December 17, 2012

T-Systems Simplifies its Structure for Cloud Agility

T-Systems, the systems integration business of Deutsche Telekom, will be simplifying its organizational structure from four business areas to two: Sales and Delivery.

T-Systems said it is taking this approach to improve agility in helping its enterprise customers adapt for the cloud.

“An increasing number of corporate customers are using the cloud for their core business. The extension of the contract with Shell is a good example of this. That’s why the time has now come for us to part with business processes that are still based on old outsourcing models,” says Deutsche Telekom Board Member and T Systems CEO Reinhard Clemens, explaining the measure. “Instead we will integrate our processes to support the cloud. Going forward, Sales will include all closely related activities from marketing to portfolio management. In Delivery, we will leavage all customer-related services - from technical consulting, through systems integration and all the way to infrastructure.”

In October, T-Systems began construction of Germany's largest data center -- a massive facility that will be built on a surface area the size of approximately 30 soccer fields (i.e., 150,000m2) in Biere, Saxony-Anhalt.

The new facility, which will be the 90th data center operated by T-Systems , will be a twin of another data center already running in Magdeburg.  The new construction in Biere will form a "TwinCore"  -- in the event of any disruption, the twin facility can immediately take over.

Deutsche Telekom said it is seeing high interest in colocation and cloud services.  Some 600 corporate customers use these new IT services offered byT-Systems, including internationally active groups such as Shell and Daimler. Data protection and fail-safety are key services.  T-Systems is using 22 data centers specifically for cloud services.

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