Users also have the ability to design proof of concepts that specifically target their business goals
Data centre operator e-shelter has opened its first innovation lab in Frankfurt, Germany.
The NTT Communications group company said wants to address barriers to innovation by helping companies develop efficient cloud strategies, optimise their internal IT landscape, and embrace new business models to remain competitive.
e-shelter’s innovation lab allows customers to test and validate distributed cloud architectures in a real-world production environment faster, with greater flexibility, and with lower up-front investment.
Users also have the ability to design proof of concepts that specifically target their business goals, which can then be quickly migrated to the production environment. The innovation lab reduces the initial investment in complex new scenarios, enables IT departments to measure the impact on IT service delivery, and helps accelerate time to market deployment.
The lab’s infrastructure enables companies to find and develop the optimal strategies to meet their business goals and to differentiate their offerings with customised trials in a secure, stable environment.
“It is e-shelter’s goal to go beyond providing our customers with the largest data centre in Europe. We also need to provide services that enable our customers to develop new business models and generate greater revenue”, said Toan Nguyen, director business development and cloud platform at e-shelter.
“We are also inviting new customers to leverage our rich ecosystem and secure infrastructure to develop new ideas and solve their business challenges. We connect companies and technologies, and the e-shelter innovation lab distinguishes itself through a vibrant innovation community that fosters creative and innovative collaboration.”
More than 30 partners have already implemented test environments in the new lab, e-shelter said. Mirantis OpenStack and Canonical were two of the first companies to demonstrate their cloud offerings. Intel and Google provide tools for efficient hybrid cloud container orchestration, and Pivotal and Nutanix are providing a data-driven software deployment platform based on Pivotal. Racks and solutions from providers such as Rittal and Vertiv are installed and available for use.
The hybrid cloud solutions are supported by the next generation Intel Xeon processor, codenamed Skylake, available and optimised for Google’s cloud platform. Intel and Google also support customers using Kubernetes as an open source container orchestration solution.
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