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Accelerating science: Open Telekom Cloud in use at CERN

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  • Deutsche Telekom is awarded a CERN contract for its new service, Open Telekom Cloud, to be used for physics data processing
  • 1,000 simultaneous virtual machines and associated cluster storage of more than 500 TB
  • Test run for future dynamic cloud provisioning model fully compliant with the EC Data Protection and Data Processing Regulations

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has awarded a contract to Deutsche Telekom for its new service, Open Telekom Cloud, launched at CeBIT 2016 to be used for physics data processing. CERN will use, 1,000 simultaneous virtual machines and associated cluster storage of more than 500 Terabyte, for a three months period, to validate if physics data processing can be flexibly out-tasked to a commercial cloud provider. Services will be provided by T-Systems, corporate customers unit of Deutsche Telekom.

CERN will be able to manage its deployment through a user-friendly interface as well as OpenStack APIs for maximum resource customization and flexibility. CERN will benchmark commissioning, service and reporting performance for such large-scale deployments.

This contract will allow Deutsche Telekom to show the capabilities and strength of its new public cloud services, a market segment that up to now has been dominated by its U.S. competitors. The high-capacity connectivity required will be supported by Deutsche Telekom’s multi-award-winning network providing at least 10G bandwidth and peering options with the German and European Research Networks.

This project represents a step in the direction of a future dynamic cloud provisioning model, whereby public and commercial e-Infrastructures are combined to provide a seamless large-scale resource fully compliant with the EC Data Protection and Data Processing Regulations. It will also demonstrate how scientists can make use of cloud in future, to improve and accelerate science and to benefit from interdisciplinary work in a European Science Cloud being prepared by the European Commission. As Helge Meinhard from the CERN IT department explains: “We are pleased to collaborate with T-Systems and this contract will allow us to further our understanding of the practical steps needed to integrate commercial cloud services into our physics workflows by increasing the scale of the resources being integrated with the private cloud resources of CERN.”

The work builds on the achievements of the Helix Nebula Initiative that has provided the groundwork for technical solutions, standard interfaces and SLAs, connectivity, procurement methodologies and governance. The partners intend to make results available through public communication to stimulate take-up of and further strengthen trust in cloud computing services in Europe.

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About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has around 225,200 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 69.2 billion in the 2015 financial year – around 64 percent of it outside Germany.

About T-Systems
As one of the leading global ICT service providers, T-Systems supplies integrated solutions for business customers. These are based on global offerings in fixed-network and mobile communications, highly secure data centers, a unique cloud infrastructure built around standardized platforms and global partnerships, and top security in line with the strictest German data protection regulations, as demanded by our customers. With a footprint in more than 20 countries, 46,000 employees, and external revenue of 7.1 billion euros (2015), T-Systems is the ideal partner for digital transformation. Alongside traditional ICT services, T-Systems' portfolio also offers cloud access, custom infrastructure, and platforms and software from the cloud, alongside innovation projects in future business areas such as big data, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and Industry 4.0.

About CERN
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a Candidate for Accession. Serbia is an Associate Member in the pre-stage to Membership. Pakistan and Turkey are Associate Members. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, the European Union, JINR and UNESCO have observer status.

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