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asknet AG now offers Infrastructure as a Service based on Microsoft Azure

Karlsruhe, December 15, 2016 - In collaboration with asknet AG, a leading provider of global eCommerce solutions, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH is now offering its customers in research and education a new Infrastructure as a Service solution.

asknet AG has been providing its customers in the Academics Business Unit with cloud solutions that are tailored to their needs and purchasing processes since May 2016. Demand for virtual processing capacity is growing constantly, as is data privacy awareness.

“It was particularly important to us that we address the security needs and strict requirements of German education and research institutions optimally when expanding the portfolio,” commented Michael Baumann, Vice President of the Academics business unit. “The new cloud solution based on Microsoft Azure gives our customers security in terms of planning, duration and invoicing in addition to maximum security when it comes to data privacy.”

As an ISO 27018-certified company, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH is committed to upholding international data privacy standards in the cloud and to complying with the strict EU data protection guidelines at all times.
The Azure services for the European region will be operated from datacenters in Amsterdam (NL) and Dublin (IRL). Alternatively, Azure will also soon be available in Germany via a new data trustee model (Microsoft Cloud Germany).

“Thanks to the various versions on offer, colleges and universities can be sure that they fulfil the national, regional and industry-specific requirements relating to the recording and usage of data,” said Stefan Schick, Director of Education at Microsoft Deutschland GmbH.

See for more details on the IaaS offering.

Click on the following link to find out more information on the EU data protection guidelines:

 About Microsoft Deutschland GmbH

Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, founded in 1983, is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, U.S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of standard software, services and solutions, generating USD 85.32 billion in revenue and 16.8 billion in net profit (in fiscal year 2016; as of June 30, 2016). Alongside its headquarters in Unterschleissheim near Munich, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH operates six regional offices in Germany and employs more than 2,700 staff members. In association with 31,500 partners, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH serves companies of all sizes across all industries. The Advanced Technology Labs Europe (ATLE) in Munich are focused on research in IT security, privacy, mobility, mobile applications and Web services.


About Microsoft Education

Education at Microsoft Deutschland GmbH is responsible for supporting customers in all areas of the education sector. The objective of the training programs offered by Microsoft is to give as many people as possible access to new technologies and to teach them how to use them in a meaningful way. The commitment of Microsoft Deutschland ranges from free initiatives for pre-school children to collaboration with schools through programs such as “Partners in Learning,” “Besser lernen. Für alle.“ and “IT Academy“ to supporting universities and further education institutions. The aim is for IT and computers to become a natural part of learning and teaching processes as well as a tool for preparing lessons. See the following sites for more information about Microsoft Education:


About asknet

asknet Group is an innovative supplier of e-business technologies and solutions for the global distribution and management of digital and physical goods. Founded in 1995 as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the company is a pioneer of modern e-commerce with over 20 years’ experience in the field.

asknet’s Digital Goods and Physical Goods Business Units (to be merged into a single eCommerce Solutions Business Unit in 2017) enable international manufacturers to successfully market their products in over 190 countries. The core product, asknet eCommerce Suite, covers the complete sales process and is suitable for manufacturers of both digital and physical goods. In addition, the company offers stand-alone services and solutions along the value chain, such as asknet verify for the verification of specific customer group characteristics. asknet’s Academics Business Unit assists customers from the research and education sector in purchasing and managing software and hardware. Thanks to its close relations with over 80% of Germany’s universities and research institutions, asknet is intimately familiar with their needs and requirements and can offer them specific solutions. For more information, visit

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