Capgemini and Orange plan to set up a new company named ‘Bleu’ to provide a ‘Cloud de Confiance’ service to the French government, public administrations, and critical infrastructure firms meeting privacy, security, and resiliency criteria as determined by the French government. Bleu will strive to provide an independent, reliable cloud platform with a diverse set of digital solutions and cutting-edge collaboration capabilities to its customers.
These two French ICT companies with global operations will work with Microsoft to deliver this sovereign cloud platform and accompanying services in France.
Bleu will offer Microsoft’s cloud technology including Microsoft 365’s collaboration and productivity capabilities, as well as services accessible on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. It will all be supplied via an independent environment, to guarantee users access to the most up-to-date technology.
French Hyperscale Cloud Under French and European Jurisdictions
To ensure that the special demands of its French consumers are satisfied, Bleu will be bound by essential rules respecting sensitive data. The first is granting exemption from all extraterritorial regulations as well as economic independence – Capgemini and Orange will be the largest shareholders in Bleu. Second, they rely on meeting data transfer standards and ensuring complete management of cloud-based applications from within an isolated architecture that utilizes French data centers.
As a result, these data centers will be completely isolated from Microsoft’s global data center architecture, ensuring operational independence. Furthermore, Bleu will be run solely by its own employees in France. Public authorities should recognize Bleu’s services as a ‘Cloud de Confiance’ offer, as they meet all of the requirements for receiving the SecNumCloud label from the National Agency for Information Systems Security (ANSSI), as well as the legal requirements to confirm its status as a ‘Cloud de Confiance’ operator. Bleu may also be able to bring on complementing partners in the future.
European Cloud, Gaia-X
“As a strategic partner to our clients, Capgemini is focused on building the services they need, based on leading technologies and the highest standards,” said Aiman Ezzat, CEO of Capgemini. “The creation of a ‘Cloud de Confiance’ for France will provide French State and critical infrastructure organizations with the many benefits of flexible cloud services on a secure platform. Now is the right moment to launch this project which benefits from strong political will and very advanced technologies. We are excited to be partnering with Orange on this pioneering project.”
Bleu will eventually join the Gaia-X initiative, of which Orange and Capgemini are members, in order to foster the formation of sovereign solutions on a European level and contribute to the ecosystem’s evolution.
“This ‘Cloud de Confiance’ meets a growing need in the digital world,” said Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange. “The French State recently highlighted this in defining their ‘cloud au centre’ policy and setting out the standards required regarding data protection and sovereignty. Orange, as a trusted partner for the digital transformation of businesses, operates, integrates and manages a range of trusted infrastructure services for its customers, whether they are public or private entities. We are delighted to partner with Capgemini to create a trusted-cloud solution for our existing and future BtoB customers and public organizations that will provide a wide-range of services, and in particular Microsoft 365, from within a sovereign infrastructure.”