The Monegasque initiative comes against a backdrop of concerns in Europe about the growing dependence of companies and institutions on major American cloud providers
The Principality of Monaco has launched its own sovereign cloud service (cloud computing), intended to respond to growing concerns about the location of data, she said on Thursday, October 7.
The first Monaco Cloud server was started “last week” by Albert II of Monaco, said Frédéric Genta, interministerial delegate in charge of the digital transition. Monaco Cloud is majority owned by the government of Monaco. It processes government data, and also targets business customers, whether Monegasque or not.
The new player relies initially on two data centers in the principality, and a backup data center in Luxembourg, which benefits from extra-territoriality, said Mr. Genta. A third data center will be built in Monaco.
The Monegasque government’s initiative comes against a backdrop of concerns in Europe, and particularly in France, over the growing dependence of companies and institutions on major American cloud providers, while data processing is taking a strategic place in the economy.
To address these concerns, the French government is seeking to promote “clouds of trust”, using the technology of American giants but operated by European companies, in data centers located in Europe. Google and Thales announced an agreement to this effect on Wednesday, a few months after a neighboring Microsoft announcement with an Orange Capgemini tandem.
The Monegasque cloud for its part will be able to meet “95% of the needs of Monegasque companies” without needing the technology of “hyperscalers”, the American cloud giants, said Mr. Genta. But for customers requiring higher computing capacities, or more sophisticated services, it offers direct access to Amazon Web Services – the data then leaving the 100% sovereign perimeter.
“Our customers will have the opportunity to consume AWS resource from a single Monaco Cloud account, with a single billing center and advanced networking capabilities between our two platforms. But these will remain two independent platforms, ”said Pierre Puchois, Managing Director of Monaco Cloud.