Four years ago, the Free State of Bavaria and Nuremberg-based content collaboration specialist ownCloud launched BayernBox, an important showcase project. The open source cloud solution was specially tailored to the needs of local authorities and enables data protection-compliant collaboration between municipal employees. With the community of Hohenwarth in the district of Cham, the project has now won over its thousandth community – and for good reason.
The special feature of the BayernBox is that the control over the stored data remains completely in the hands of the respective municipality at all times. Each municipality has its own protected cloud environment and benefits from the security and stability of the central solution operated by the Bavarian State Office for Digitization, High-Speed Internet and Surveying (LDBV in German). The municipality can quickly and easily define who has access rights and how the data is processed.
In the participating communities, BayernBox has become a central pillar for storing and exchanging large amounts of data. In addition to this file sharing function, the software has other features that are tailored to the needs of the municipalities. These make it possible to meet the high compliance and audit requirements of the public sector and ensure secure operation. Reporting is also quick and easy thanks to the software’s internal access logs.
It’s almost half time. With Hohenwarth, the thousandth of the more than 2,000 Bavarian municipalities has opted for BayernBox. For us, however, this is no reason to rest on our laurels. After all, BayernBox bears the ‘Made in Bavaria’ seal and makes it clear that we don’t need US big players or hyperscalers with proprietary solutions to drive digitization in Germany. With BayernBox, municipalities can choose the security and transparency of a GDPR-compliant platform over the risks and data snooping of foreign providers. This is how digital sovereignty works in Germany.
– Holger Dyroff, COO and Co-Founder, ownCloud