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Turning to the cloud

Anushkar Mohinani | April 18, 2011
Uwe Schlager, managing director of T-Systems, shares his thoughts on cloud adoption in the region.

It must be noted that the large enterprises would already have their legacy systems. Cloud computing must, therefore, seamlessly integrate itself into the existing systems without affecting the end-user experience. A step-by-step transition approach plays a key role to minimise disruptions and works to deliver the optimal benefits of the cloud to the organisation.

As business demand grows and data volume increases, CIOs must consider the critical role of IT in the new decade. They need capability to scale instantly in any dimension, whether for performance, capacity or operations. High availability also continues to be critical, as businesses must always minimise IT disruptions to maintain expected service and high levels of reliability.

Flexible storage architecture should be able to support multiple protocols to ensure a foundation that is ready to meet business demands. Where organisations start to adopt shared infrastructure, the best storage and data management infrastructure will provide secure, end-to-end, multi-tenancy across all platforms.

All of the above best practices, combined with the right partners who possess solid experience and understanding of cloud integrations will empower CIOs to keep pace with the speed of changing business requirements, while enabling their business to better serve customers in the years ahead.

An example of T-Systems customer success in Singapore is Brenntag, which rolled out a strategic ICT service deployment to increase technological control at IT infrastructure level and at application level and address efficiency bottlenecks and high IT complexity issues.

Through the adoption of Dynamic Services combined with an MPLS backbone from T-Systems, the private cloud model adopted by the company met requirements to supply dynamic IT capacities in connection with a dynamic price model while hosting various applications for various users. This resulted in the customer being given access to the benefits of cloud computing - cost transparency and thus planning security for costs as well as high flexibility via a scalable platform, which enabled rapid growth and lower management costs for IT at the same time.

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With cloud computing, we now have the power to exploit ICT at an even faster pace. Of course, not all cloud solutions are the same and companies should always request for end-to-end service level agreement with their provider - just like what T-Systems offers for Dynamic Services.


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