Microsoft on Tuesday launched a public cloud for government customers, offering greater control over their data, and signed Italian defense group Leonardo and Belgian telecommunications firm Proximus as partners.
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a digital transformation in many public sector organizations, and Microsoft hopes to use its “cloud for sovereignty” to better compete with rivals such as Amazon Web Services and Alphabet’s Google .
According to market research firm Imark Group, the global government cloud market size is expected to reach $71.2 billion by 2027 from $27.6 billion in 2021.
“We expect customers around the world … but the first few customers have been in Europe,” Corporate Vice President Corey Sanders said in an interview, adding that the company is doing private previews with customers.
The European Union has been at the forefront of privacy and security law and its privacy watchdog earlier this year launched an investigation into the use of public sector cloud-based services to check whether they comply with its privacy safeguards. Huh.
Both business and government customers use the data centers of large tech companies as public clouds rather than building their own infrastructure.
In addition to the latest technological capabilities and low cost, Microsoft said its cloud product will meet obligations on data governance, security controls, citizens’ privacy, data residency and other legal requirements.
The company is also working with other local partners to provide a friendly cloud for local governments.