T-Systems and OVHcloud cooperate for Gaia-X
Roubaix, France | The September 11, 2020
T-Systems and OVHcloud cooperate for Gaia-X
Development of a trusted public cloud offering for data-sensitive businesses Targeting European data sovereignty and GDPR compliance
OVHcloud and T-Systems have agreed to cooperate following the Gaia-X initiative principles. The partnership will lead to the creation of a trusted public cloud offering for Germany, France and other European markets to address all sectors sensitive to data sovereignty as well as GDPR compliance.
With this partnership, both - OVHcloud and T-Systems - will engage in developing a unique OpenStack public cloud platform. This new offering will address the specific needs of the Public Sector, as well as essential infrastructure operators and companies of all sizes operating in strategic or sensitive areas of public interest. The platform contributes to the European Gaia-X initiative guaranteeing highest level of openness and transparency, data sovereignty, European data privacy and security.
“Deutsche Telekom is a strong supporter of a Sovereign European Cloud,” stressed Frank Strecker, responsible for Deutsche Telekom’s public cloud business. “However, to make a sovereign European cloud infrastructure successful we need to scale fast. And we need the support of the public sector.”
Max Ahrens, CTO of T-Systems, added: “That’s why we together with OVHcloud plan to develop this fully European trusted public cloud offering. While our French partners can provide their leading cloud technology based on
self-build server technology and their opensource-premised information system, we take care of the infrastructure and operations in our German data centers.”
“We are particularly proud to partner with T-Systems and to become the first movers with a truly sovereign public cloud service following the Gaia-X principles. It will provide the most strategic businesses with highest standards of security. Our Cloud Act free offering is of utmost priority to us, enabled through our efficient and fully integrated model,” comments Michel Paulin, CEO at OVHcloud.
Leveraging the best of each partner
With this strategic partnership, OVHcloud and T-Systems will bring in their relevant expertise. T-Systems’ clients will take advantage of its trusted data centers, its customer centric service and operations approach, Deutsche Telekom’s network infrastructure as well as its extensive, in-depth knowledge on the public sectors’ demands.
This partnership will also build on OVHcloud’s industrial expertise as the pure cloud player OVHcloud will leverage its infrastructure set-up that includes water-cooled systems which enables better energy efficiency. On the technological side, OVHcloud’s Public Cloud platform will be leveraged to better match the expectations of T-Systems customers and partners.
“Our partnership with T-Systems is, among other things, based on shared values such as data reversibility, data security and transparency, which are important to us as founding members of the Gaia-X initiative,” adds Falk Weinreich, General Manager Central Europe at OVHcloud. “Since more than 20 years, we stand for innovation in the cloud market, offering high efficiency, the latest technology and environmentally friendly cooling concepts. Combined with T-Systems' rich experience, we can offer customers with sensitive data entirely new possibilities.”
The offering is planned to be available early next year.
Giving life to the Gaia-X principles
This project is a concrete and collective impulse to turn Gaia-X ambitions into concrete actions that benefit the European market. This public cloud platform will be a key asset that will contribute to widen the use cases catalogue of the Gaia-X initiative. As founding members of Gaia-X, T-Systems and OVHcloud will design this new offering while implementing “by design” its leading principles: full GDPR compliance, open standards, but also reversibility, data privacy and highest standards of security.
OVHcloud is a global player and the leading European cloud provider operating 400,000 servers within its own 31 data centers across 4 continents. For 20 years, the Group has been leveraging an integrated model that provides full control of our value chain, from designing our servers to managing our data centers through to orchestrating our fiber-optic network. This unique approach enables OVHcloud to cover, independently, the full spectrum of use cases for our 1.5 million customers in more than 130 countries. OVHcloud now offers customers latest-generation solutions that combine high performance, predictable pricing and full data sovereignty to support their unfettered growth.