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Stackit: Schwarz Group plans to build Europe’s largest cloud infrastructure

  • With “Stackit”, the Schwarz Group establishes its own cloud service in Europe and attacks providers such as Amazon Web Services.
  • The group of companies wants to use this to make itself independent and develop the cloud infrastructure of the future for retail, reports the daily “Handelsblatt”.
  • The cloud service should also be available for external companies and is currently being tested in a beta phase.

The Schwarz Group wants to establish its own cloud service “Stackit” across Europe. The Lidl parent company is therefore in direct competition with the world’s leading US providers such as Amazon Web Services. The retail group announced its plans at the end of last year, but now it is going into the hot phase: the company is already advertising its first customers to test the cloud service in beta, reports the daily “Handelsblatt”.

IT campus for over 5,000 IT specialists

The project is to be realized together with the energy supplier ENBW and the assembly and fastening company Würth. The Schwarz Group has been planning and building its own IT campus in Bad Friedrichshall in Baden-Württemberg since 2018. From 2025 up to 5,000 IT specialists will work for the company and develop the cloud architecture of the future for retail, reports the online medium “t3n”.

Schwarz data centers should therefore not only be available to members of the Schwarz Group, but also to external companies.

Lidl’s parent company wants to become independent on the market by establishing its own cloud service provider and build one of the largest cloud infrastructures in Europe. The project is currently in beta, which means an official launch in the market is likely in the near future.

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