Europe’s Number One Car Marketplace is First to Use the Cloud from T-Systems and VMware
TROY, Mich., Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AutoScouts24 is the first customer to benefit from the strategic partnership between VMware and T-Systems. Europe’s number one car marketplace is using the new offering from the Cloud Alliance, and thus is able to upgrade its own data center simply and rapidly with flexible capacities from the cloud.
T-Systems and VMware had announced in June that together they would provide their customers with flexible data center services as required, virtually at the touch of a button. The certified offerings from the cloud (VMware vCloud Datacenter Services) allow companies to now expand their internal IT resources with the cloud capacities of T-Systems. As the leading supplier of virtualization and cloud solutions in the world, VMware is contributing the necessary software – principally VMware vSphere and vCloud Director – and the control and security packages based on that software. As a cloud pioneer, the Telekom subsidiary is bringing its expertise in operating data centers and IT services and in providing dynamic ICT services into the partnership.
“We require flexible resources, because our markets change every day,” declared Joachim Rath, head of IT Production at AutoScout24. “The joint offering from VMware and T-Systems enables us to move spare capacity between the private cloud and the hybrid cloud as required.” AutoScout24 has already had positive experience with the use of combined internal and external IT resources, the so-called hybrid cloud. The company uses the hybrid cloud for its workshop portal (www.werkstatt.autoscout24.de) whenever it is dealing with CPU-intensive additional import processes. However, the vCloud offering from T-Systems does not only help to cope with peak demand periods. If a company’s internal IT drops out, vCloud could be used to continue the entire operation from the cloud.
Among the other companies who are already using the vCloud offering is Actum/G2, one of the leading digital marketing agencies in the Czech Republic. Via its New York headquarters, Actum/G2 is part of the WPP Group, which has 102,000 employees and is one of the world’s largest media and communication enterprises. The Prague agency develops and operates websites, apps and web applications from the cloud for its customers. T-Systems provides Actum/G2 with the cloud infrastructure as a self-service model with high availability, security and rapid response times.
Many companies have already virtualized more than 50 percent of their own servers, thereby gaining distinct advantages in terms of efficiency and IT management. Through the use, tried and tested for years, of VMware cloud technologies, T-Systems offers cloud services to the same industrial standard as companies all over the world are already using themselves. This means that the latter benefit not only from the agility and flexibility of cloud services, but also from the portability, compatibility, security and control which are indispensable for large corporations.
About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 129 million mobile customers, almost 34 million fixed-network lines and 17 million broadband lines (as of March 31, 2012). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has over 235,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenue of EUR 58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year – over half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).
Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. As Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm, T-Systems provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. Some 48,200 employees at T-Systems combine industry expertise with ICT innovations to add significant value to customers’ core business all over the world. The corporate customers unit generated revenue of more than $12 billion US dollars in the 2011 financial year. www.t-systemsus.com.
AutoScout 24 is Europe’s largest Internet car portal. In the Auto Bild readers’ survey for 2012 “Best brands of all classes”, AutoScout24 wins in the “Best offering” and “Best handling” categories. The 15.6 million users a year (ACTA 2011) are provided with a choice of around 2 million vehicles from four different market places round the clock: new cars, used cars and motorbikes, commercial vehicles as well as parts and accessories. Around 40,000 dealers across Europe use AutoScout24.
AutoScout24 is a member of the Scout24 Group, with its brands ElectronicScout24, FinanceScout24, FriendScout24, ImmobilienScout24, JobScout24 and TravelScout24. Scout24 is part of the Deutsche Telekom Group. www.autoscout24.de
VMware is the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses of any size to thrive in the cloud era. VMware’s virtualization and cloud technologies help streamline IT environments, simplify management, and structure these high-availability environments flexibly in relation to processes and future business developments. With revenues of USD 3.77 billion in 2011, VMware has more than 300,000 customers, and 50,000 partners within its global partner network.
The software company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with branch offices throughout the world. Its German branch office is located in Unterschleissheim, Munich.
Via its New York headquarters, Actum/G2 is part of the WPP Group, which has 102,000 employees and is one of the world’s largest media and communication enterprises. Other WPP agencies include Burson-Marsteller, Grey Global Group, Ogilvy & Mather, Blue State Digital and Blumberry. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and manages a portfolio worth £42.6 billion.