Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft expand partnership to support cloud transformation

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Deutsche Telekom Group and Microsoft Corp have expanded their partnership that will help customers accelerate their cloud transformation journeys.

By combining Microsoft's cloud and AI capabilities with Deutsche Telekom's Cloud Migration Framework and telecoms services, companies benefit from increased productivity, the ability to build more agile and resilient operations and speed to market.

"We have agreed on the framework for joint strategic growth with our long-term partner Microsoft. We are delighted," said Adel Al-Saleh, member of the Deutsche Telekom board of management and CEO of T-Systems.

"This partnership will enable us to enhance services for our customers. We will also be supporting each other with digitalisation and network build-out."

Deutsche Telekom plans to migrate the majority of its internal IT workloads to the public cloud by 2025, specifically Azure and through a companywide training program, thousands of Deutsche Telekom employees will learn how to maximise the benefits of Azure.

In addition, Deutsche Telekom will also offer its customers direct access to the Microsoft cloud through Azure ExpressRoute. In bypassing the public internet, customers will have faster connectivity to better address regional compliance and data residency needs.

"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," said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations. "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."

Additionally, Deutsche Telekom will offer Microsoft 365, including Microsoft Teams to its individual customers and businesses. As part of this, both companies have started a project for German schools to reimagine traditional approaches to education, enabling remote learning through cloud-based IT infrastructure, modern devices and the cloud productivity and collaboration applications within Microsoft 365.