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Frends partner up with City Network for compliance in data integrations

The companies will together offer the only Nordic integration and automation platform for a hybrid IT environment that offers secure and compliant data management.

Intergration platform Frends and leading European cloud City Network partner up for a strategic cooperation. The companies will together offer the only Nordic integration and automation platform for a hybrid IT environment that offers secure and compliant data management. Due to recent rules and regulations, organizations are in need of an integration and automation platform that ensures strict adherence to European data laws and regulations.

"Ever since we launched Frends, municipalities and other public sector organizations have been using our service as part of their digital journey. With the City Network partnership, we now take the next step in enabling the digital transformation for these organizations. They can now use Frends with fully built-in compliance as a cloud service, enabling efficient and automated API management without risking data integrity," said Jukka Rautio, Head of HiQ's Frends.

Enterprise integration and automation platform as a service (iPaaS) Frends, owned by HiQ, and leading European cloud City Network announce a strategic partnership. The two companies will jointly provide the only Nordic integration and automation platform for a hybrid IT environment that offers secure and compliant data management. The service targets organizations within the public and private sectors looking for an integration and automation platform that ensures strict adherence to European data laws and regulations.

Following GDPR, the US Cloud Act, and Schrems II, which disqualifies the current data management agreement between the EU and the US, public and private space customers are increasingly looking for European and regulatory compliant services. As a European digital infrastructure provider, City Network has built the European cloud and met the massive need for compliant infrastructure services. The company provides its public and Compliant Cloud services for industries operating under specific regulations.

Frends is developed in Finland and has grown rapidly in the Nordic region's domestic markets and internationally, with customers in over 15 countries. It is a European enterprise application integration platform that enables customers to integrate applications in the cloud and on-premise in one single user panel. Especially the public sector, with the ongoing digitalization of citizen services and legal demands on providing APIs, is a significant customer segment for Frends. Frends is developed, operated, and marketed as part of HiQ.

“We are delighted about this partnership with Frends. Automatically integrating different data streams is crucial for succeeding with the digital transformation. However, the process often puts heavy pressure on regulatory compliance. With Frends running on our compliant cloud services, we eliminate uncertainties in regulatory compliance and allow customers to make the most out of their data. Ultimately providing better services for both customers and citizens. This partnership is an excellent example of how infrastructure and tailored services can work hand in hand and provide better customer benefits whitout risking the data integrity. At the same time, we are jointly building new and stronger European digital entities,”

Johan Christenson
Founder of City Network and VP Innovation

About City Network

City Network is a leading global supplier of IT infrastructure cloud services based on OpenStack. The company delivers public, compliant, and private clouds.

City Network is certified according to ISO 9001, 14001, 27001, 27010, 27013, 27017 and 27018 – internationally recognized standards for quality, sustainability and information security. The company's services are available from more than 20 data centers around the world. With its Compliant Cloud, City Network ensures that customers adhere to demands originating from specific laws and regulations concerning auditing, reputability, data handling, and data security, such as Basel, Solvency, and GDPR. City Network is a part of Iver.

For more information, please contact:

Jukka Rautio, Head of HiQ’s Frends

Ph: +358 40 8271142

email: jukka.rautio@hiq.fi

Sandra Siljestedt, Head of PR & Communications HiQ

Ph: +46 70-420 00 48

email: sandra.siljestedt@hiq.se

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