This offering is designed to meet the technical, operational, and legal sovereignty requirements of the German government. It will be governed by German law and address the data sovereignty needs of the German public sector. The cloud infrastructure will be owned by the new German entity. Furthermore, it is planned that the technical operation will be taken over by Arvato Systems as an experienced infrastructure operator. The infrastructure will be strictly separated from Microsoft's global data center infrastructure and the existing public cloud infrastructure in Germany.
"This partnership represents a breakthrough approach for cloud-based innovation," said Christian Klein, CEO of SAP. "Together, we'll provide a unique solution that not only meets the highest standards of cloud-based technology but also meets the strictest requirements of data sovereignty. This one-of-a-kind collaboration unlocks the potential of Digital Transformation for the German government and beyond."
"We are very pleased about the expansion of our partnership and the joint plans with SAP," said Matthias Moeller, CEO of the Arvato Systems Group and CIO of Bertelsmann. "At Arvato Systems, we have been supporting large infrastructures, including those in the public sector, for many years and understand their unique requirements. The intended partnership offers the best outcome from various perspectives: to use the best available technology and secure German sovereignty interests while accelerating digitalization for citizens and employees alike."
"As digital technology continues to rapidly transform work and life, we have a critical opportunity to ensure these advancements benefit people and organizations everywhere, including in Germany," said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft. "Together with SAP and Arvato Systems, we will create a cloud platform that meets the requirements of the German public sector to help drive Digital Transformation across the country."