While the cloud increases flexibility and accelerates innovation, it requires a high-performance network that can scale to meet increasing technology demands. Deutsche Telekom Group and Microsoft expanded their partnership that will help customers of all sizes accelerate their cloud transformation initiatives. They signed a seven-year strategic agreement to help enterprise and midmarket customers accelerate digitalization.
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The combination of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI capabilities with Telekom’s Cloud Migration Framework and telecommunications services will enable customers to increase their productivity, build more agile and resilient operations, and deliver new cloud offerings faster.
Adel Al-Saleh, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management and CEO of T-Systems, said,
“We have agreed on the framework for joint strategic growth with our long-term partner Microsoft. We are delighted. This partnership will enable us to enhance services for our customers. We will also be supporting each other with digitalization and network build-out.”
To accelerate business innovation, Telekom plans to migrate the majority of its internal IT workloads to the public cloud by 2025. Azure will be the central part of Telekom’s migration strategy. Further, Telekom will offer its customers direct access to the Microsoft cloud through Azure ExpressRoute. This means bypassing the public internet. It brings customers increased agility through faster connectivity to better address regional compliance and data residency needs.
Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, said,
“The case for digital transformation has never been more urgent. We know that the next decade of economic performance for every business, whether large or small, will depend on the digital investments made today. Through this strategic partnership, which combines the power of Deutsche Telekom’s network and Microsoft’s cloud, customers will have more opportunities to become resilient, accelerate innovation and ultimately drive success.”
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