Deutsche Telekom and Huawei are working together to develop IT infrastructure and private cloud products and services.
Huawei will bring its hardware expertise to the partnership, while Deutsche Telekom, through its T-Systems IT services division, contributes the cloud element.
As part of the collaboration, the companies demonstrated a mobile cloud datacentre built inside a shipping container (pictured) at the annual CeBit event in Hanover, Germany.
According to the companies, the mobile datacentres come with all the technical systems pre-installed, from servers and storage components to cooling systems and the power supply.
“That is why it can be delivered in just a week. This private cloud in a box is suitable, for example, for large companies that need to rapidly expand their capacities, for disaster recovery or for datacentres in special places, such as on oil rigs,” said Deutsche Telekom.
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The technology is from Huawei, while the processes, cloud expertise, global connection and operation via high-performance networks are provided by T-Systems.
T-Systems said this as an opportunity for backup services, as well as building datacentres in tricky locations such as oil rigs.
“This increases our global competitiveness and makes us particularly strong for small and medium-sized customers,” said Eva Wimmers, senior vice-president of group procurement at Deutsche Telekom.
Ferri Abolhassan, director of the IT division at T-Systems, said the partnership brought together strengths from two continents: “T-Systems' technology and quality leadership in cloud services, and Huawei's cutting-edge technology and solution expertise.”
The two companies will jointly run technology projects for private cloud computing, as well as traditional IT infrastructures that are to be transferred to the cloud.