Cloud Disruptions

Cloud Disruptions

 

In terms of cloud computing, it is important to identify and initiate developments that have the potential to optimize operational processes and create entirely new offerings and business models. The projects Multi-Purpose Appliance, T-Labs OpenStack Testbed and Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) Software Defined Networking are focused on establishing a modular IT architecture based on open source, with generic hardware and complete virtualization that will support flexible partnerships and fast rollouts. Cloud Enabling is a project that involves the provisioning of services and solutions direct from the cloud, thus creating the prerequisites for application hosting, fully automated IT and Desktop-as-a-Service.

Browser OS concepts for cloud-based services, including open mobile ecosystems and permanently integrated browser operating systems are being developed further in the Firefox OS project. Various approaches to cloudification and virtualization of media hardware (set-top box) are being evaluated with an eye toward drastically reducing operating costs and ensuring fast innovation cycles.

All Deutsche Telekom services are subject to very strict security requirements. For that, each server operated is being secured separately and individually against attacks: The "Security Automation" project of T-Labs, P&I (DBU Cloud Services) and Group Security Services now enables the implementation of  basic safeguards for servers automatically. The hardening integrates itself seamlessly with the tools Chef and Puppet for the automated delivery of the software in operations. The hardening is provided as Chef cookbooks and Puppet modules, and is tested for RedHat, Ubuntu, Oracle Linux und Debian. In addition to cost and time savings, it is advantageous that smaller projects which so far have not yet had the budget for a sufficient hardening (for example test environments) now get Group standard security with the reasonable automated delivery. Another plus: Deutsche Telekom gets an extensive overview of server configurations since server hardening is done based on a consistent standard. This procedure simplifies, among other things, the implementation of compliance checks. The project is being developed as open source and delivered through http://telekomlabs.github.io.

Networking solutions have long been stagnant, inflexible, and cost inefficient, but the SDN paradigm enables network solutions to be agile, flexible, and highly cost efficient. Our SDN and NFV projects are aimed at developing new intra-datacenter and inter-datacenter network architectures. SVIC’s Software Defined Wide Area Network project gave birth to the joint T-Labs/T-Systems project called VPN2Go, which is a self-serve mechanism for enterprise branch administrators to quickly configure and bring up VPNs within minutes, rather than the days or weeks it currently takes. This provides a very high degree of operational and cost efficiency for T-Systems.
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is about virtualizing layer 4 through layer 7 (L4-L7) services such as firewalls, load balancers, even content delivery in order to simplify their provisioning, management and configuration functionalities and to be more cost-effective, thereby giving operators a method to generate new revenue streams. For example, as a function of network loads, additional firewalls, load balancers may be spun up or down automatically as network policy dictates. Likewise, streaming media may be switched from one CDN node to another based upon policies and automated detection of service quality, network load among other factors. SVIC and T-Labs Berlin have demonstrated many of these functions. 

 

Innovation field: IT & Cloud
 

 Cloud Disruptions

 

In terms of cloud computing, it is important to identify and initiate developments that have the potential to optimize operational processes and create entirely new offerings and business models. The projects Multi-Purpose Appliance, T-Labs OpenStack Testbed and SVIC Software Defined Networking are focused on establishing a modular IT architecture based on open source, with generic hardware and complete virtualization that will support flexible partnerships and fast rollouts. Cloud Enabling is a project that involves the provisioning of services and solutions direct from the cloud, thus creating the prerequisites for application hosting, fully automated IT and Desktop-as-a-Service.

Browser OS concepts for cloud-based services, including open mobile ecosystems and permanently integrated browser operating systems are being developed further in the Firefox OS project. Various approaches to cloudification and virtualization of media hardware (set-top box) are being evaluated with an eye toward drastically reducing operating costs and ensuring fast innovation cycles without manufacturer dependency by shifting functions to the cloud. These approaches form the core of several projects: Virtual Set Top Box, Advanced Companion Feature for Entertain, Quality of Experience for Media, Cloud TV and TV Kernel.

Innovation filed: IT & Cloud