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T-Systems and Google Cloud partner to deliver sovereign cloud for Germany

T-Systems and Google Cloud partner to deliver sovereign cloud for Germany


T-Systems and Google Cloud have announced they will build and deliver sovereign cloud services for German enterprises, the public sector and healthcare organisations. Breaking new ground, the companies will jointly innovate to develop a large spectrum of next-generation sovereign cloud solutions and infrastructure. These will allow customers to host their sensitive workloads on a sovereign cloud while continuing to leverage the scalability, elasticity and reliability of public cloud services.

Adel Al-Saleh, a member of the Telekom Board of Management and CEO of T-Systems, said: “Together with Google Cloud, we will build a sovereign cloud services portfolio that provides clients with full control over their data, software and operations while leveraging the full power of Google Cloud.”

Enabling Digital Transformation

For future growth, customers need access to the innovative capabilities and scalability of the public cloud. Also, they don’t want to risk lock-in to a particular vendor and keep full control over their data.

In this new joint offering that will be available as of mid-2022 and then upgraded over the following months T-Systems will manage a set of sovereignty controls and measures, including encryption and identity management. Any physical or virtual access to facilities in Germany (such as routine maintenance and upgrades) will be under the supervision of T-Systems and Google Cloud.

Full sovereignty, full functionality

Initially, T-Systems will roll out the sovereign cloud offering to German organisations in several industries, including healthcare, automotive, public transport and the public sector. Clients will benefit from:

  • A full spectrum of highly innovative and scalable cloud technology at various levels of sovereignty
  • Google Cloud’s open-source expertise that provides freedom of choice and prevents lock-in
  • Increased openness and transparency for clients
  • Easy integration with existing IT landscapes 
  • Help complying with existing European sovereign cloud policies, including GDPR (European General Data Protection Regulation).
  • Full public cloud scale as well as version and feature parity to global network

Co-innovation centre in Munich

The expanded partnership also includes a commitment to co-innovation. Dedicated teams of engineers from both partners will collaborate on open-source technologies and solutions that meet the efficiency, data security and technical sovereignty needs of customers (data sovereignty, operational sovereignty and software sovereignty). 

Together, T-Systems and Google Cloud further commit to sharing their knowledge and developing skills in Europe via training and workshops designed to enable partners and customers to fully leverage the value and innovation of sovereign cloud solutions.

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