Haiilo, a Hamburg, Germany-based employee communications platform has announced that it will solely use the T-Systems sovereign cloud powered by Google Cloud.
T-Systems, part of Deutsche Telekom, is an IT service provider located in Frankfurt, Germany. The T-Systems sovereign cloud went live earlier this year with the intention of providing greater data security in accordance with European regulations while having the scalability of a global cloud provider via Google technology.
T-Systems takes responsibility for encryption, identity management, and all other control mechanisms used to maintain sovereignty. In addition, T-Systems will control relevant parts of the German Google Cloud, while physical and virtual access to the facilities will be supervised by both Google Cloud and T-Systems.
Kevin Hähnlein, head of product marketing at Haiilo said of the announced switch to T Systems: “These two points were central to our decision: the security of a cloud hosted in Germany combined with the maximum technical scalability of Google technology. T-Systems’ strong role as a trusted advisor helps us continue to provide our customers with absolute security for their communications solutions.”
Haiilo is a relatively new company resulting from a merger between European companies COYO, Smarp and Jubilee. The platform is currently used by Deutsche Bahn, E.ON, and Swarovski among others.
“I am not surprised that Haiilo, a young and innovative company, is the first customer to opt for our Sovereign Cloud,” said Oliver Queck, responsible for the Sovereign Cloud with Google at T-Systems. “That’s because our offering with our partner Google Cloud combines the two aspects that our customers keep asking for: full control over their data, rapid innovation and maximum systems agility.”
Last year, DCD reported that there were talks of Deutsche Telekom selling T-Systems. As of yet, nothing has come of it.
A leaked report this week suggests Google views its trusted partner cloud initiative as its "most important program" and believes it can corner a $100 billion market in Europe and Asia via data sovereignty-compliant clouds. The company also partnered with Thales in France.
Microsoft is also pursing the market, announcing its own TPC program in July, and operating partnerships in both France and Germany, as well as China.