With the expansion of the Hamburg site, the Public Cloud Group continues to expand in the German-speaking region.
PCG now serves all three relevant hyperscalers: AWS, Google Cloud and, through the acquisition of SWITCOM, Microsoft Azure.
PCG is thus the largest vendor-independent partner on the German-speaking market for public cloud solutions.
Illustration 1: The current SWITCOM management: (left to right) Michael Poss, Oliver Schallhorn, and Nick Delefski
The Public Cloud Group is a group of companies formed in May with a focus on public clouds. It has now acquired SWITCOM and taken a further step toward becoming a fully comprehensive provider of multicloud managed services. The acquisition adds a range of Microsoft Azure services to the Group’s already existing portfolio of solutions for Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.
SWITCOM is now the fourth company in the Public Cloud Group following the initial merger of Cloudwürdig, DI-ON.solutions, and Innovations ON. Based in Hamburg, SWITCOM has been a Microsoft partner for many years and will complement the Group with expertise in cloud infrastructure and in transforming work through MS365 as well as with its own managed services for mid-tier clients. Consequently, the Public Cloud Group – under the leadership of Oliver Schallhorn – now serves all three relevant hyperscalers.
“The growth potentials of the Public Cloud Group are many and varied. With the addition of Microsoft partner SWITCOM and its objective of establishing a fully comprehensive IT concept, these potentials are being used in the ideal way. Microsoft’s public cloud is the third cornerstone that we are developing strategically within our Group. We will offer services for it for mid-tier and enterprise clients. We are delighted to have brought SWITCOM, a long-standing Microsoft partner, into our fold and to now serve the three hyperscalers that are the most relevant internationally,” said Andreas Bösenberg, CEO of NORD Holding.
The Public Cloud Group pursues an approach that is 100% focused on public cloud solutions, an approach which is unique for Germany. The Public Cloud Group’s Azure team will reach a significant size of more than 50 public cloud experts over the next 24 months. SWITCOM represents a determined expansion of the Public Cloud Group’s service portfolio. With solutions for managed cloud services, cloud consulting, cloud-native application development, work transformation, cloud-based data and AI solutions, and SAP migration and transformation, it builds on the cornerstones of hyperscalers Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.
By acquiring SWITCOM, the Public Cloud Group has taken the next step toward becoming a fully comprehensive portfolio of multi public cloud managed services. SWITCOM’s company officers Nick Delefski, Hannes Bünger, and Marlen Hartmann will remain in leading positions within the Group. Sven Witthohn, the previous CEO, will not continue in his role.
Witthohn explained, “We are eagerly looking forward to working with the Public Cloud Group. We will become stronger and more credible as part of a group of companies with a similar point of view. Its multicloud approach will massively benefit not only our clients, but also our employees. This will be thanks to the economies of scale, increased business opportunities, greater client loyalty, and opportunities for cross-provider training.”
The investment was carried out by the Software & IT Services team at NORD Holding, emphasizing its sector-specific capabilities for IT services. NORD Holding was represented in the transaction by Andreas Bösenberg, Christoph Grunewald, and Konstantin Wilckens.
The Public Cloud Group (PCG) supports businesses by deploying public cloud solutions as part of their digital transformation. As an experienced partner to all relevant hyperscalers (Amazon Web Services AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure), PCG possesses the highest level of recognition from each provider and gives its clients unbiased advice.
The Group brings together the public cloud companies Cloudwürdig GmbH, Innovations ON GmbH, DI-ON.solutions GmbH, and SWITCOM GmbH and consolidates the expertise of roughly 150 employees at eight locations in the German-speaking countries. Its head office will be located in Ulm, Germany, from July 2022.
PCG’s approximately 500 clients include Allianz, Burger King, Flaconi, Generali, HelloFresh, KlassikRadio, Linde Group, Lorenz, McDonalds, myposter, N26, Veolia, Viessmann, and many other businesses as well as public and private educational institutions.
A Microsoft partner of many years, SWITCOM has guided small- and medium-sized enterprises to the Microsoft Azure public cloud and overseen their subsequent infrastructure operations since being founded in 2007. SWITCOM specializes in consulting and migration solutions in the Azure cloud as well as in transforming work with Microsoft Office 365 and in providing a portfolio of managed services. Its team of roughly 20 public cloud experts is based in Hamburg.
You can find more information at: www.switcom.de
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Illustration 2: SWITCOM GmbH is located in Hamburg