Berlin-based startup Cloudpartner.de raises 1.5 million Euro first round
27 January 2014, Berlin – Berlin-based startup cloudpartner.de has received 1.5 million ($US2 million) from Runa Capital in Series A funding.
Runa Capital, co-owned by Serguei Beloussov, together with partners, invests globally. This investment is their second step into the German market.
The Cloud is a tectonic shift toward the way IT is delivered and consumed, and to date in Germany it has been leaving traditional IT channels – distributor, reseller, var, system integrator – behind. Cloud-partner.de managed services are delivered securely from a German-based cloud, enabling these traditional channels to survive and thrive in the new Cloud world, Beloussov states.
Cloudpartner.de offers German information technology SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) the opportunity to outsource their business into the cloud, using local data storage, and for the first time to market this solution under their own brand name. Currently, many small and medium-sized IT service providers in Germany still do not meet the cloud-specific needs of their customers. As the majority of cloud providers are large American companies such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon, many of these SMBs are rejecting cloud technology altogether due to data safety concerns and a strong focus on the current trading business. Cloudpartner.de offers an alternative to the American cloud providers by taking Microsoft products and tailoring them specifically to the needs of German SMBs, while also guaranteeing local data storage according to ISO 27001 – an information security management system (ISMS) that puts information security under explicit management control.
With Microsoft we also use a technology from the USA, but we entrust this to the German IT companies to break the dominance and the sale toward the American cloud companies, cloudpartner.de CEO Markus Kempkes states.
We are excited to support the Cloudpartner.de team in bringing safe and reliable cloud infrastructure to small and medium enterprises in Germany, said Andre Bliznyuk, Partner at Runa Capital. We share their belief that there is a better way of giving SMEs access to cloud-based services, and will apply our global domain expertise to support their efforts. We are also happy to see the Cloudpartner.de example confirming our view that Berlin is now truly emerging as an innovation hub for XaaS and B2B solutions.
Cloudpartner.de offers small and medium-sized IT service providers the opportunity to make their existing business model more efficient with Germany´s first Microsoft based White-Label-Cloud. They will have the option to develop new cloud-based service packages covering all aspects of their clients IT systems. Cloudpartner.de was founded in 2013 in Berlin by Markus Kempkes, Julien Ardisson, Tim Schütte and Ivo Slavov. Investor is Runa Capital.
Source: Press Release on www.runacap.com