Running Ubuntu VMs in Germany—without trading off security or data sovereignty

Data sovereignty is one of the hot topics in cloud computing. While US-based public cloud providers—such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM and Google Cloud Platform—have continued to solidify their dominance both at home and abroad, 2016 has also seen an awakening in Europe.

At CeBIT in March of this year, T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, launched its own Open Telekom Cloud platform, based on solutions from Huawei, as a state-of-the-art European alternative to the US giants’ platforms. T-Systems is adopting a multi-cloud strategy, with Openstack and a Microsoft Azure region as just part of a compelling European-based cloud portfolio.

While Canonical is a leader in OpenStack, we are also extremely passionate about bringing the best Ubuntu user experience to users of every public cloud. In addition, we are close partners of both Huawei and Deutsche Telekom. Therefore, naturally, we are delighted about our collaboration with T-Systems.

As of the time of writing, Open Telekom Cloud is the only German-based public cloud service that offers official Ubuntu images on all LTS versions, and that’s great for at least three reasons. First, Ubuntu users in Germany can now get the optimal, secure and stable Ubuntu experience they expect from Canonical, but without potential tradeoffs relating to data sovereignty.

Second, users of other operating systems on Open Telekom Cloud can move to the no. 1 cloud OS—stable, secure, fully open source.

Third, all Open Telekom Cloud users can access professional support, Landscape, and our new Canonical Livepatch Service — by purchasing our Ubuntu Advantage support packages as an option.

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