Last week, the government of France announced a trusted cloud doctrine that includes a cloud-first policy to enhance the protection and sovereignty of its critical infrastructure and public sector workloads. To support this important initiative, today, Orange and Capgemini announced they intend to establish a new company, “Bleu,” that will deliver a Microsoft-powered cloud and modern productivity solutions (Azure and Microsoft 365) for public sector and critical infrastructure organizations, with the support of the French state. Together with Capgemini and Orange, we’re humbled to support France in its efforts to realize benefits from the digital transformation of its most mission-critical national operations, foster the development of a local business ecosystem and emerge stronger in a post-pandemic future.
This announcement is the most recent example of nations around the world relying on Microsoft cloud technology to improve services to residents and business communities, while innovating faster, increasing efficiency and getting world-class security. Critical industries, along with local and national governments, are using the Microsoft cloud today to accelerate their digital transformation with confidence in a consistent hybrid environment designed for flexibility and scale, with protection and compliance.
Microsoft is proud to help support nations as they develop forward-looking national digital policies that will drive economic growth. Microsoft has a comprehensive offering of cloud capabilities that can meet their needs to drive innovation, leverage the benefits of the cloud, and better support their residents, business communities and public sector employees and organizations.
As nations increasingly focus on achieving data residency, Microsoft has taken the lead in offering our customers solutions that fit their needs. When organizations choose the Microsoft cloud, they can take advantage of options and tools for determining where data is stored. We recently announced the EU Data Boundary for the Microsoft Cloud, our commitment to European commercial and public sector customers to store and process their personal data in the E.U./European Economic Area by the end of next year, including data residency support for 12 nation states within the E.U. in addition to Norway and Switzerland. This commitment will apply across each of Microsoft’s cloud services – Azure,