T-Systems has secured a deal with the Messe Berlin exhibition centre to provide a secure cloud-based solution for sharing large and confidential files.

Messe Berlin is taking Safe Share, an enterprise grade file storage and sharing solution from security solutions provider Covata, a T-Systems partner in Biere.

The Covata solution is built on Cisco’s Intercloud platform, and operates in the Biere data centre.

T-Systems described the rise of ‘shadow IT’, where employees, requiring business data on the hoof, often use freeware outside of a corporate environment to exchange data without informing the IT department.

This often results in the violation of IT compliance regulations, it said.

Deutsche Telekom's enterprise arm claims Safe Share, running in the T-Systems cloud, meets stringent compliance rules, and works as a flexible and secure alternative to free offerings, combining identity protection, real-time control of data and encryption.

Frank Strecker, Senior Vice President of T-Systems Cloud, said: “Covata Safe Share is part of our extensive ecosystem of cloud partners that we have put together in Biere.

“This enables us to advise our customers on what might be the best cloud solution for them. The highly standardised product runs on Cisco’s Intercloud platform and as such is available quickly. File sharing via Covata is audit-proof and traceable.”

He added: “With a solution like this, CIOs comply with their digital responsibility and at the same time offer their internal customers the best possible service.”

Safe Share encryption takes place either on the user’s device or in their browser. Keys and data are stored separately and each key only works once per file.

File owners can restrict access, allow read-only access or limit how long files are available. The service, available in any language, can be linked with existing platforms such as SharePoint.

T-Systems’ Q1 performance boosted its parent, Deutsche Telekom, with sales up more than six percent, compared with the same period in 2015. Its improvement was down in part to a 24 percent jump in its cloud services division, which launched a public cloud service proposition in April.

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