Open source cloud gets a warm Ger­man wel­come

Ger­many’s fed­eral gov­ern­ment is set to move to the open­source cloud ser­vice, par­tially due to pri­vacy ad­van­tages.

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Nextcloud (, the open source, self-hosted file share and com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­form, has scored a ma­jor win with the an­nounce­ment that the Ger­man Fed­eral In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (ITZBund), which over­sees the IT ser­vices of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, will be us­ing its ser­vice.

This fol­lows a pi­lot scheme that has been run­ning since Oc­to­ber 2016 with 5,000 users. Ac­cord­ing to Nextcloud, the gov­ern­ment went with them be­cause it was look­ing for an open source so­lu­tion from a Euro­pean com­pany that could guar­an­tee no ven­dor lock-in, and wouldn’t pro­vide ac­cess to the data it held to third par­ties. ITZBund will use an on-premises cloud, and it’ll be com­pli­ant with the Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion, which came into ef­fect on 25 May.

As some have pointed out, the fact that Nextcloud is not a US com­pany is likely to have played an im­por­tant role in choos­ing it over its US-based com­peti­tors. Not only does it help boost the Euro­pean econ­omy, but in 2014 the US courts ruled that a US-based com­pany (Mi­crosoft) had to com­ply with a search war­rant to turn over data that was held in servers not in the States (you can read the re­port at This ob­vi­ously has se­ri­ous pri­vacy im­pli­ca­tions. In an in­ter­view ( with

Der Spiegel, ITZBund an­nounced that the fo­cus of this col­lab­o­ra­tion was “the con­struc­tion of a pri­vate cloud for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment”.

Nextcloud’s code is cer­ti­fied by OpenChain and backed by a Se­cu­rity Bug Bounty Pro­gram that pays se­cu­rity ex­perts for any vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties that they un­cover, so it’s cer­tainly a good move on ITZBund’s part, which op­er­ates IT ser­vices for more than a mil­lion users across the Ger­man fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Nextcloud has a ma­jor new cus­tomer with the Ger­man fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

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