Microsoft and T-Systems will cooperate to meet growing corporate demand for standardized Cloud-based services.
The US software group and the German IT services provider said in a press statement that Cloud offerings are interesting to customers because they can use only what they need and pay accordingly.
Customers also want a high degree of data security, which is standard in Germany, where data protection, security and compliance all need to meet high standards.
Microsoft is contributing its Microsoft Office, Exchange, Lync and SharePoint software to the strategic partnership.
T-Systems will make the software available through its high-security data centers and will integrate it as a Cloud in companiesâ€™ information and communication infrastructure.
The new joint offering targets a range of industries, including banks and insurance companies, automakers, automotive suppliers and energy providers.
The new services, which will be called â€œDynamic Services for Collaboration,” will kick off at the CeBIT 2011 hi-tech fair in Hanover in March.
Microsoft intends to use CeBIT to heavily promote its Cloud-based services. â€œYour way to the Cloud starts here,â€ is the companyâ€™s motto at the exhibition.