First German quantum cloud: PlanQK is new associated partner of IONOS-led project SeQuenC

As consortium leader of the SeQuenC initiative launched in 2022, IONOS welcomes PlanQK consortium lead Anaqor AG as a new associate partner. SeQuenC has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Research (BMWK) to develop the first quantum cloud for German industry. With the new partner, the consortium can use the platform PlanQK to develop an end-to-end offering for challenges in optimisation, simulation and machine learning.

German research projects such as PlanQK and SeQenC are driving development in the field of quantum computing to ensure European digital sovereignty in this important area. In doing so, the political funding aims to provide small and medium-sized enterprises in particular with access to quantum computing.Last year, the University of Stuttgart, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS and hybrid quantum computing cloud company QMware AG joined forces under the consortium leadership of IONOS: the SeQuenC Cloud is intended to democratise quantum computing.

SMEs in particular should be able to test and use quantum computing solutions at an early stage. The new partnership between Anaqor – and thus also the PlanQK platform – and the SeQuenC initiative aims to share knowledge between the two projects and strengthen the European quantum community.

The new cooperation marks a significant milestone in German quantum research and its political funding.Also launched by the BMWK in 2020, PlanQK can now strengthen the further development of the European quantum computing ecosystem after successful implementation. As a new partner of the SeQuenC initiative, PlanQK enriches the project with a professional Quantum DevOps platform that provides companies and business users with a selection of applications. Current users of the PlanQK platform are now the first to gain access to the SeQuenC Cloud.PlanQK is thus a successful example of political investment at the federal level and is leading the way in promoting high technology.

Commenting on the partnership, Michael Falkenthal, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Anaqor, said: „With SeQuenC, we share a mission to make the use of quantum computing as easy and frictionless as possible. Therefore, it is a pleasure for us to provide the PlanQK community with future access to Germany’s first quantum cloud for industrial users and empower them to drive innovation in quantum computing.

Rainer Sträter, Senior Vice President Technology Office at IONOS, adds: „With SeQuenC, we are creating the basis for the first German quantum cloud for industrial users. The project is a major step for the future viability of German industry.We are thus positioning Germany as a pioneer in this key technology and strengthening Europe’s digital sovereignty.