Deutsche Telekom and BT have signed up to Cisco's Intercloud platform as they look to develop a new generation of cloud services. 

Intercloud is Cisco’s vision to build the world’s largest network of clouds that features a distributed network and security architecture designed for “high-value application workloads”, real-time analytics, "near infinite" scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws.

The US vendor first announced the platform in March this year with Australian operator Telstra as its first Intercloud partner. It said it had now signed up over 30 partners. 

Deutsche Telekom and Cisco have entered into a new strategic partnership that will see the operator’s enterprise customers in Germany and Europe brought onto the US software company’s global Intercloud platform.

T-Systems, DT’s enterprise arm, will operate the platform via its new data centre it opened in July. 

The first service to be launched will be an OpenStack-based Infrastructure as-a-Service, followed by “a rich ecosystem” of Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, T-Systems and Intercloud Partners Services, according to a statement from the two companies. 

DT said the partnership is “an important building block” in expanding its cloud business and partner ecosystem. 

Reinhard Clemens, Board Member of Deutsche Telekom and CEO of T-Systems, commented: “The cloud is global. However, if you want a strong foothold in the European market you need to be strong in Germany. We will help Cisco to implement its cloud strategy in Germany and the rest of Europe. 

“Based on Cisco’s Intercloud platform we will be able to offer simple and cost-effective cloud services in compliance with our strict data protection regulations in Germany and Europe."

In the second quarter of the year, T-Systems’ revenues were flat at €2.2 billion, but sales from cloud-based solutions increased by more than 40 percent in the first half of the year. 

BT said it will leverage Cisco's Intercloud Fabric to develop hybrid cloud services that connect with the Cisco Cloud and with the cloud and managed service offerings of Cisco Powered Intercloud Providers.

The UK-based operator's Cloud Compute platform, a pre-provisioned data centre infrastructure that enables customers to create, deploy, monitor and manage their own cloud service, will become fully Intercloud enabled.

Meanwhile, Cisco said it plans to invest over $1 billion in its cloud business over the next two years.

Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s President of Development and Sales, commented: "Cisco’s Intercloud uniquely position us to connect today’s world of disparate clouds in a seamless and secure manner, unlocking the full potential of cloud, and with it a new era in IT."

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