T-Systems and Google Cloud are planning to build a sovereign German cloud to provide services to the country's enterprises and its public sector.
The companies say they will jointly develop a “large spectrum” of next-generation sovereign cloud solutions and infrastructure, including wide-scale data centre capacity.
This will allow customers to host their sensitive workloads on an in-country cloud, whilst “continuing to leverage the scalability, elasticity and reliability of public cloud services”, said the partners.
Service management and the operation of the cloud will be supervised by T-Systems.
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 will be available from “mid-2022”, said the firms, and then “upgraded over the following months”.
T-Systems will manage a set of sovereignty controls and measures, including encryption and identity management. In addition, it will exercise a control function over relevant parts of the German Google Cloud infrastructure.
The new cloud will initially be rolled out across the healthcare, automotive and public transport industries and the general public sector.
Customers will be able to experience the cloud's capabilities and collaborate with Google Cloud and T-Systems engineers on their specific business technology challenges in a new training facility located in Munich.