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France to form Andromede cloud computing JV in November

Sunday 25 September 2011 | 09:30 CET | News
The French state will invest EUR 135 million in national cloud computing alliance Andromede, Les Echos reports. The joint venture will be formed on 1 November with the backing of France Telecom-Orange, Thales and Dassault Systemes. The state will hold a one-third stake. Orange and Dassault will own 26.7 percent for EUR 60 million each and Thales 13.3 percent for EUR 30 million. Documents submitted to personnel representatives state that Andromede will be a "completely independent" entity and that its management will not be chosen amongst its industrial partners. The board will be composed of nine executives, including two independent directors and two appointed by the government. Shareholders will have to wait five years before selling any stock. All of Andromede's data centres will be located in France or elsewhere in Europe, a unique selling point for clients wary of seeing their data transit through US-based servers. Orange will provide co-location services and all of the necessary connectivity for Andromede clients. Thales will supply security services. The estimated value of four years of work for these two companies is EUR 60 million and EUR 30 million, respectively. Elsewhere, Le Monde reports that data sovereignty is a key point for public sector clients. Microsoft and Atos have formed a partnership to offer Offfice 365 services on servers hosted by Atos in France. "The public sector needs assurances that its data will not leave Europe, or better yet, the national territory", Atos vice president Jerome Brun said at Microsoft France's autumn conference.

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Categories: Fixed / IT
Companies: Dassault Systemes / France Telecom / Microsoft / Orange / Thales
Countries: France
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