KPN, the largest infrastructure provider in the Netherlands, offers a high-performance fixed-line and mobile network in addition to enterprise-class IT infrastructure and a wide range of cloud offerings, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Security-as-a-Service. Drawing on its extensive track record of success providing VMware Cloud Verified services and solutions, KPN is now one of a distinguished group of providers to have earned the VMware Sovereign Cloud distinction.\n\n\u201cWith the exceptionally strong, high-performance network we offer, this is truly a sovereign cloud. Government agencies, healthcare companies, and organizations with highly sensitive and confidential data can confidentially comply with industry-specific regulations such as GDPR, Government Information Security Baseline, Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute, and the Network and Information Security Directive,\u201d said Babak Fouladi, Chief Technology & Digital Officer and Member of the Board of Management at KPN. \u201cKPN places data and applications in a virtual private cloud that is controlled, tested, managed, and secured in the Netherlands, without third-party interference.\u201d\n\nKPN\u2019s sovereign cloud, CloudNL, reflects a rapidly changing landscape in which many companies need to move data to a sovereign cloud. Reasons why include a dramatic increase in remote or hybrid work, evolving geopolitical events and threats, and fast-changing international regulations.\n\n\u201cThe more you digitize an enterprise, the greater the variety of data and applications you must manage,\u201d says Fouladi. \u201cEach requires the right cloud environment based on the required security level, efficiency, and ease of use. On the one hand, this might include confidential customer information that requires extra protection, and which must remain within the nation\u2019s boundaries. Just as importantly, the information must never be exposed to any foreign nationals at any time. On the other hand, you have workloads that are entirely appropriate for the public cloud and benefit from the economy and scale the cloud offers.\u201d\n\nFouladi stresses that this is why so many organizations are embracing a multi-cloud strategy. It\u2019s a strategy he believes is fundamentally enriched with a sovereign cloud.\n\nBased on VMware technologies, CloudNL is designed to satisfy the highest security requirements and features stringent guarantees verified through independent audits. All data and applications are stored in KPN\u2019s data centers within the Netherlands \u2013 all of which are operated and maintained by fully-vetted citizens of the Netherlands.\n\nValidSign, a KPN CloudNL customer, is a rapidly growing provider of cloud-based solutions that automate document signings. ValidSign\u2019s CEO John Lageman notes that the company\u2019s use of a fully sovereign cloud in Holland is particularly important for the security-minded organizations the company serves, among them notaries, law firms, and government institutions.\n\n\u201cThe documents, permits, and contracts that we sign must remain guaranteed in the Netherlands,\u201d says Lageman. \u201cDigitally and legally signing and using certificates used to be very expensive. Moving to the cloud was the solution, but not with an American cloud provider \u2013 our customers would no longer be sure where the data would be stored or who could have access to it. With CloudNL they have that control.\u201d\n\nThe Bottom Line\n\nThere are many reasons to move data to a sovereign cloud, among them an increase in remote or hybrid work, changing geopolitical events, or fast-changing international regulations. KPN CloudNL empowers enterprises to handle these challenges with ease by incorporating sovereign cloud into their multi-cloud strategy.\n\nLearn more about KPN CloudNL here and its partnership with VMware here.