Monaco launches Europe’s first state sovereign cloud

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Monaco’ Government has launched Monaco Cloud, the first sovereign cloud operation in Europe.

Part of the Extended Monaco programme, which is billed as the Monegasque model in a digital world, the cloud is said to be a key tool in the deployment of economic influence in Monaco and beyond its borders. 

With 5G coverage, 10 Giga Fibre for individuals and the deployment of digital identity, the Principality of Monaco believes it has the necessary digital...

Oracle partners with Telecom Italia to bring cloud services to Italy

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Oracle has signed a collaborative agreement with Telecom Italia (TIM) and its cloud division Noovle to bring multi-cloud services to enterprises and public sector organisations in Italy.

The new partnership plans to “utilise advanced cloud infrastructure technologies to support [the] goal of advancing Italy's digital modernisation”, a press release said.

Within the alliance, Noovle will provide a network of Italian data centres, TIM will bring its sales network, and...

Thales and Google to create joint French sovereign cloud company

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Thales, the French aerospace and defence company, is joining forces with Google to offer state-approved cloud services to French enterprises and the country’s public sector.

The sovereign cloud offering will be operated by a joint company that Thales will be the majority shareholder in.

Despite this majority, the partnership between Thales, Europe’s largest defence electronics supplier, and Google is a clear acknowledgement of US superiority in cloud...

OVHcloud seeking €400m in Euronext IPO before year’s end

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Cloud storage provider OVHcloud is looking to raise €400 million (£343m) in a Paris IPO that would bring its valuation close to €4 billion.

The French firm will be listed on the Euronext stock exchange by the end of 2021.

OVHcloud needs the IPO to finance its competition with major cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

This is especially the case in the European cloud market, which is expected to grow even faster than the already...

T-Systems and Google Cloud to deliver public sector cloud for Germany

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Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems has unveiled plans to build a ‘sovereign cloud’ for German enterprises and its public sector alongside Google Cloud.

The companies, which began collaborating on cloud-based solutions and services back in March 2020, hope to jointly innovate to “develop a large spectrum of next-gen sovereign cloud solutions and infrastructure".

T-Sytems will provide service management and operations for the cloud, enabling customers to securely...

La Liga expands Microsoft Azure partnership for OTT services and ML enhancements

La Liga, the foremost Spanish football league, has expanded its partnership with Microsoft Azure to focus on machine learning (ML), over the top (OTT) services, as well as augmented reality.

The two companies promise to 'digitally transform the sports experience globally', and are focusing on improvements for fans, broadcasters and stadia operations alike.

Azure Event Hubs and Azure Data Lake, as well as Azure's machine learning tools, will provide 'data-enhanced match...

How European CISOs are driving increased IT security investment

The chief information security officer (CISO) role has gained new importance, due to increased cyber threats. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on security-related IT investment in Europe, which will continue to grow rapidly in 2021.

During the pandemic, organisations have been re-architecting their IT security perimeters to protect operations and critical data. The pandemic, and measures to curb it with remote working, have pushed the enterprise network...

Google Cloud opens Warsaw region in first step to central and eastern Europe expansion

Google Cloud's cloud data centre region in Warsaw, Poland is now open for business - 18 months after it was first announced.

The opening marks Google Cloud's 25th location worldwide, and the first cloud region in central and eastern Europe.

Partnership details were first unveiled in September 2019 as Google aligned with Poland's national cloud operator, Chmura Krajowa. The announcement today (April 14), made at a virtual press conference in keeping with the times,...

OVH Strasbourg data centre destroyed by fire, customers told to activate DR

Updated OVHcloud has declared a 'major incident' at one of its Strasbourg (SBG2) data centres, with the company confirming a fire and telling customers to activate their disaster recovery (DR) plans.

Octave Klaba, founder of OVH, confirmed in a tweet that 'everybody [was] safe', and that damage examination and reports in the SBG1, SBG3 and SBG4 sites remained ongoing.

An update was posted on the OVH dashboard at 2342 UTC which read: "We have detected a degradation in...

Atos and OVHcloud team up as European cloud race gains pace

Atos and OVHcloud have announced a strategic partnership to 'create a trusted, 100% European cloud solution' - in another sign of Europe-based vendors looking to stronger data sovereignty and security.

The two companies, who both signed up to an initiative last week to make data centres in Europe climate neutral by 2030, will offer a 'market-leading multi-cloud solution.'

This will involve combining OVHcloud's expertise in cloud solutions based on sovereign...