In a sign that some Russian investors are spreading their wings, Berlin-based startup CloudPartner – which claims to be Germany´s first Microsoft based White-Label-Cloud – has secured a €1.5 million ($US 2 million) Series A round from Moscow-based Runa Capital. Their angle? Non US-based cloud hosting.
Cloudpartner offers German small IT businesses the ability to outsource their business into the cloud, using local data storage, and to market under this own brand name. Right now most of these kinds of businesses are using Microsoft, Google and Amazon – but the recent revelations about the privacy of data on US systems means Cloudpartner wants to take advantage of this concern, but reaching out to businesses that want to be hosted within Germany. Talk about a backlash…
In fact, CEO Markus Kempkes specifically states that it’s offering Microsoft products which can be tailored specifically to the needs of German SMBs and guaranteeing the local data storage according to ISO 27001 – an information security management system (ISMS). “With Microsoft, we use a technology from the USA, but we entrust this to the German IT companies to break the dominance of American cloud companies,” he says.
Cloudpartner.de was founded in 2013 in Berlin by Markus Kempkes, Julien Ardisson, Tim Schütte and Ivo Slavov.