T-Systems Open Telekom Cloud Challenge
T-Systems International GmbH will award the prize for its Open Telekom Cloud Challenge to the best Copernicus application or service idea, established during a four-week sandbox exercise on the public Open Telekom Cloud service. The exercise will be held on a public cloud designed to derive on-demand intelligence from Earth observation data. After submitting their promising service ideas, entrants will be selected and invited to a training and interaction session at the start of the exercise. The cloud will be able to provide satellite data, analytics tools, standard interfaces, and workflow management to assist the participants in creating new services. T-Systems will be particularly interested in solutions that offer benefits to European citizens and their public administrations, which face challenges in meeting increased demand for mobility, urban logistics, tourism, and more while simultaneously reducing negative environmental impacts. The most professional implementations that use Sentinel data in combination with other data sources on the public cloud platform will be considered for the prize.
- Benefits and innovativeness: social benefits for European industry/citizens, other advantages, innovation level
- Copernicus relevance: significance of the use of Earth monitoring data for realisation, especially Sentinel-2 data; added value through Copernicus
- Public cloud index: significance of the public cloud technology used
- Implementation quality on the public cloud platform
- Market potential: chance of commercial success based on expected demand, investment potential, and time to market
- Legal aspects and risks: patentability, regulations/laws to be considered
Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is an attractive source of low-cost and flexible on-demand IT resources. Public cloud solutions hosted by US-based providers have proved particularly popular. There are misgivings about such offerings, however – particularly since terms and conditions of US-based providers not always sufficiently protect consumers and the European Court of Justice ruled the Safe Harbor agreement invalid. Against this background, cloud services retain their appeal, but only in combination with robust data privacy and security.
The new Open Telekom Cloud, a public cloud IaaS offering from T-Systems, is a solution that combines the benefits of a public cloud with the security of a private cloud. The Open Telekom Cloud offers the simplicity, scalability and cost-efficiency of public cloud services based on the strict German standards for data protection and privacy. The cloud services are based on the OpenStack open source platform, avoiding any vendor lock-ins and unnecessary licence fees. Resources from the Open Telekom Cloud can be easily integrated into existing IT environments via standard published interfaces (APIs). The offering includes computing, storage, network, security, and management services. Resources from the Open Telekom Cloud can be provisioned and scaled up and down within minutes, offering immense flexibility.
In the future, Copernicus services will be available in completely new dimensions through the use of extensive monitoring data from space and sensor networks that can be processed in near-real time. Providing future Copernicus services like these to a wide variety of users and industries will entail building on big data and cloud computing technologies to create commercially attractive and sustainable services.
T-Systems is the corporate customers unit of Deutsche Telekom. Building on a global infrastructure of data centres and networks, it operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. T-Systems is pursuing its mission to shape the future of the connected business world and society by creating added value for customers, employees, and investors through innovative ICT solutions.
T-Systems has divided its operational activities into three dedicated management divisions: the Telecommunications (TC) Division, the Information Technology (IT) Division, and the Digital Division (DD). Each has entrepreneurial responsibility for the entire value chain within their designated business area, from product development to sales, production, and delivery.
This product-oriented strategy enables T-Systems to meet diverse customer requirements across all industries and lines of business. The TC Division will extend the unit’s telecommunications activities both in Germany and internationally while ensuring the closer integration of the business processes of all relevant units within the Deutsche Telekom Group. The IT Division, meanwhile, meets the demand for conventional IT services, system integration, and outsourcing.
This allows T-Systems to focus on cutting-edge technological trends. The information and communication technology sector is currently undergoing changes that have a major impact on companies of every size and industry: Cloud computing and the mobile solutions that build on it, along with the combination of big data and social media, are turning existing business models on their heads. These disruptive technologies are placing completely new demands on IT security – not least due to the exponential increase in cyber crime.
This strategic development of T-Systems supports the Deutsche Telekom Group’s strategy, “Leading Telco”, based on its four priorities: “Integrated IP Networks”, “Best Customer Experience”, “Win with Partners” and “Lead in Business”.