Open Source Market Segment LS
Open Source Market Segment RS
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:18

German govt opts for open-source cloud solution from Nextcloud


Open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud has scored a major client with the German federal government set to move to a self-hosted cloud from the firm.

A statement from Nextcloud said the Federal Information Technology Centre (ITZBund), which takes care of IT services for the entire federal government, had been running a pilot of 5000 users with Nextcloud since October 2016.

Following a tender, which Nextcloud won, this will now be rolled out everywhere.

The company noted the following points about the service which ITZBund would run:

  • There would be no public cloud. ITZBund will not be using a public cloud with data leaking out of Europe/Germany, but a private, on-premises cloud which is totally under its control.
  • Open source. They have opted for an open source solution from a European company instead of foreign (US or otherwise) solutions. Plus no vendor lock-in and no access by any third party to the data.
  • GDPR. The new Bundescloud is fully compliant with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation which takes effect on 25 May. This is very important in Germany as the DSGVO (the German implementation of GDPR) goes into effect the same month.
  • Facebook leaks. Decentralising data away from the big cloud vendors is very sensible and relevant in light of the continuing string of revelations with regards to privacy violations and data leaks from the major US cloud vendors.
  • The use of an open source solution has security consequences, as the provider of IT services to the German Government is highly motivated to avoid another "Bundestag-hack".

Nextcloud head of marketing Jos Poortvliet said: "All our code is fully, certified (by OpenChain) open source and backed by a Security Bug Bounty Program paying security experts for any issues they find."

As the central IT service provider of the German federal government, ITZBund operates IT services for more than a million administrative and industrial users. It emerged from the merger of the Federal Agency for Information Technology (Division of the Federal Ministry of the Interior), the Federal Agency for IT Services (Division of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure) and the Centre for Information Processing and Information Technology (division of the Federal Ministry of Finance).

ITZBund employs about 2700 people, mostly IT specialists, engineers and network and security professionals.

The Nextcloud statement said strict security requirements were crucial for the choice of Nextcloud as the file sync and share solution. Another important concern was scalability both in terms of large numbers of users and extensibility with additional features, for which Nextcloud offers its powerful Apps concept (with over 100 apps available in its app store).

It claimed that "Nextcloud delivers some of the strongest security measures in the industry, making it the ideal solution for government agencies or companies dealing with data of private citizens".

Read 19454 times

Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here


If you're looking at enabling Microsoft Teams for your contact centre, you should bookmark this webinar.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

Our panellists from Whangarei District Council (NZ) and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers (Aus) were closely involved in recent projects to enable Microsoft Teams for their own contact centres.

They have kindly agreed to join Enghouse and Microsoft to talk about some of the things they would recommend as most critical for IT and CX professionals planning a Teams Contact Centre migration.

Date: 11 May 2022
Time: 12pm AEST | 2pm NZST | 10am SGT

We look forward to having you join us. Please click the button below to register.



The past year has seen a meteoric rise in ransomware incidents worldwide.

Over the past 12 months, SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers have diligently tracked the meteoric rise in cyberattacks, as well as trends and activity across all threat vectors, including:

Encrypted threats
IoT malware
Zero-day attacks and more

These exclusive findings are now available via the 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, which ensures SMBs, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations have the actionable threat intelligence needed to combat the rising tide of cybercrime.

Click the button below to get the report.



It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site and prominent Newsletter promotion and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinars and campaigns and assistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.


Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous




Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News