Microsoft, Thales to develop military cloud system

Microsoft, Thales to develop military cloud system

Mubasher: Microsoft has made a partnership deal with French electronics company Thales to develop a common cloud-computing solution system for the armed forces.

Without disclosing financial details, the defence cloud system will be built on the Washington-headquartered company’s flexible platform, Azure Stack, which would be adjusted to military constraints, while the French firm will integrate its connectivity and end-to-end cybersecurity and encryption technologies into the cloud platform.

The delivered integrated system would enable the armed forces to store sensitive data inside their own infrastructures.

“Together with Thales, we will be able to provide a flexible cloud platform with an unequalled level of security that will help overcome challenges within the defence industry,” Microsoft’s executive vice president Jean-Philippe Courtois said on Tuesday in a statement.

"Armed forces across the world are investing heavily in digital transformation, especially in the digitalisation of their command and control and battlefield communications systems, with the development of collaborative combat," both companies stated.