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Switzerland will create a cloud storage service for its population’s data

Switzerland will create a cloud storage service for its population’s data

The government of Swiss announced this Wednesday the creation of a cloud service to store your data populationgiven the current digital transformation of the Swiss public administration and its consequent needs in terms of performance, reliability and security.

The federal Executive announced in a statement, at the end of its weekly meeting, the request for a credit of 247 million francs (249 million euros) that will be allocated to the creation of this storage service.

The objective of this “Swiss Government Cloud” is to thus meet the growing demand for telecommunications tools and infrastructure that the Swiss public administration is currently experiencing as a consequence of the digital transformation.

This storage service will also replace the current private cloud of the Swiss Federal Office of IT and Telecommunications (FOIT), which will soon be obsolete.

The first functions of the new storage service will be operational from 2026 and can be used by all Swiss cantons, cities and municipalities, but will not be accessible to the private sector.

Five telecommunications multinationals (the American Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle and the Chinese Alibaba) will provide external cloud services in a hybrid infrastructure that “must respect data protection and information security”indicated the government.

However, the participation of these foreign companies has raised criticism from national telecommunications providers, such as Swisscom, which has reported that they were not eligible to offer these services, since the tender required the presence of their data centers in at least three continents.

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Source: Gestion

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