Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems has unveiled plans to build a ‘sovereign cloud’ for German enterprises and its public sector alongside Google Cloud.
The companies, which began collaborating on cloud-based solutions and services back in March 2020, hope to jointly innovate to “develop a large spectrum of next-gen sovereign cloud solutions and infrastructure”.
T-Sytems will provide service management and operations for the cloud, enabling customers to securely host sensitive workloads within Germany, while “continuing to leverage the scalability, elasticity and reliability of public cloud services”.
Adel Al-Saleh, CEO of T-Systems, said: “Our joint strategic goal is to support the digitalisation of European companies and the public sector as they move operations to the cloud.
“Together with Google Cloud, we will build a sovereign cloud services portfolio that provides clients with full control over their data, software and operations, whilst leveraging the full power of Google Cloud.”
Al-Saleh added that the two firms were looking to move into Austria and Switzerland with similar services.
Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, added: “Data privacy, security and control are vital to European and German organisations as they digitise their operations.
“The sovereign cloud solution will provide public and private-sector organisations with an additional layer of technical and operational measures and controls, that ensure German customers can meet their data, operational and software sovereignty requirements.”
The joint offering is planned to be made available in mid-2022, with subsequent upgrades planned for the following months.
Initial plans will see the cloud rolled out across the healthcare, automotive and public transport industries and the general public sector.
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