Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced the launch of its Cloud VPN (Virtual Private Network) Service for small and medium businesses. The announcement builds on the longstanding collaboration between DT and Cisco. The Cloud VPN offering is DT’s first commercial service based on its centralized Pan-European IP network.
The Cloud VPN offering was designed and developed using a collaborative “devops” philosophy by Cisco and DT. The service is now first available to customers via DT’s subsidiaries in Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia.
The Cloud VPN service uses a self-service online portal to give customers a simple way to select, subscribe to and activate “highly secure” and scalable Internet services. The service portfolio includes branch, site-to-site and remote access encrypted VPNs, as well as firewall and web security, all offered as a cloud-managed IT solution on a monthly subscription basis.
Customers have access to a management dashboard on which they can track the status and performance of services and upgrade their service package, such as increasing the number of users or the bandwidth, with a click of a mouse. Provisioning is automatic and done in real time from Deutsche Telekom‘s data center.
The design of this virtualized managed service is utilizing the Tail-F NCS platform and is fully based on Netconf/YANG, which are the emerging global standards for this type of virtualized services within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The service is built on Cisco virtual security appliances, combined with DT’s OpenStack solutions.
“The digitization of the SMB sector is key to economic growth across Europe,” said Dr. Elias Drakopoulos, senior vice president, Deutsche Telekom AG. “Virtualization and cloud open up new ways to bring enterprise-class IT services within easy reach of SMBs. With the ever-increasing level of security threats, digitization starts with highly secure access, and for that reason, we decided to start the roll-out of our new generation of cloud-managed IT services with Cloud VPN.”