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INFOTECH: T-Systems Brings Cloud Computing Solution to South Africa


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T-Systems enters the Cloud Computing market in South Africa with its dynamic service solutions in the second quarter 2011. With its dynamic IT services, T-Systems will meet the business demands of their customers for scalability, agility and usage based computing. The introduction of cloud computing in South Africa is part of T-Systems' global strategy to offer globally situated, state-of-the-art ICT infrastructure and data centres services which are strategically located to provide this hosted private cloud solution to both local and international customers.

T-Systems' dynamic IT services are built on a service and capacity-based model: Use what you need, pay for what you use. It offers all of the benefits associated with private cloud computing such as flexibility, rapid provision of services, secure environment, quality, governance and cost savings, because T-Systems' customers don't need to invest in their ICT infrastructure. In addition, the company's cloud computing solutions are based on years of market experience; T-Systems offers dynamic services since 2004 and has proven that companies can save up to 30 percent on their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when compared to conventional ICT infrastructures.

"We are bringing our international offering to South African Shores," comments Gert Schoonbee, in charge of Sales, Major Accounts and Strategy at T-Systems in South Africa. "A key differentiator of our dynamic services is T-Systems' ability to offer advanced automation, controls and management functionality, which includes a billing solution that enables our clients to stay on top of their expenditure as it is calculated on a daily usage model. You therefore use what you need and pay for what you use, in a completely transparent process."

T-Systems' SAP hosted cloud offering echoes Gartner Group's recent prediction: "The growth rate for SAP outsourcing will increase by 12% per year from 2009 to 2013 according to Gartner, with costs per user simultaneously decreasing by 7% per year." In addition, T-Systems' dynamic IT services is positioned to support the cost reduction pressures that CIO's are under. Gartner's recently released Executive Programmes Worldwide stated that 3% of CIO's have the majority of IT running in the cloud or on SaaS technologies, but over the next four years CIO's expect this number to increase to 43%.

According to Roelof Louw, Solution Architect at T-Systems in South Africa, a significant number of T-Systems' current customers qualify to be migrated to the cloud computing platform. "This means that our customers can immediately start utilising the dynamic services solution, should they migrate to the dynamic IT platform. However, cloud computing services are also readily available to any business, regardless of whether they are a current customer of T-Systems or not."

Main private cloud services and benefits

Dynamic IT services offer numerous benefits to most South African businesses, whether they're a small, medium-sized or a large enterprise.

- Processing and storage platform for specific application environments including SAP, non-SAP, middleware, and Web applications (Infrastructure as a Service = IaaS)
- A true usage-based solution which is invoiced monthly, based on daily usage
- End-to-end hosting of applications which includes processing and storage capacity, operational support, application management and daily full backup;
- Demand-driven provision of specific applications including SAP, non-SAP, Web and middleware applications. This includes hosting, integration and consolidation of these applications;
- A pure services-based offering with multiple service levels to support all business continuity requirements.

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