Microsoft launches “Sovereign” cloud for Governments, provides greater data control

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced a public cloud for customers in the government that gives them more control over their data.

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Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled a public cloud for government customers that gives them more control over their data and has partnered with Leonardo, an Italian defence company, and Proximus, a Belgian telecoms company.

Many public sector organisations have undergone a digital transition as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, and Microsoft anticipates using its “Cloud for Sovereignty” to more effectively compete with rivals like Amazon Web Services and Alphabet’s Google.

According to market research firm Imarc Group, the size of the worldwide government cloud market is anticipated to increase from $27.6 billion in 2021 to $71.2 billion by 2027.

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In an interview, corporate vice president Corey Sanders stated, “We do expect clients around the world, but the first few customers have been in Europe,” adding that the business is doing private previews with customers.

The European Union has been in the forefront of privacy and security regulation, and early this year, its privacy watchdog launched an investigation into the usage of cloud-based services by the public sector to determine whether they adhere to its privacy standards.

Customers from the corporate and government sectors increasingly use the public clouds created by large internet companies instead of developing their own infrastructure.

Microsoft said that its cloud product would satisfy obligations related to data governance, security controls, citizen privacy, data residency, and other legal requirements in addition to offering the newest technological advancements and being less expensive.

In order to provide local governments with custom clouds, the business is also collaborating with other regional partners.