VMware has announced that the Government of Monaco has adopted a VMware Sovereign Cloud, in a significant step toward bolstering the principality’s data security and confidentiality credentials and accelerating its digital services targets.
According to research conducted by our sister title Cyber Magazine into cloud adoption in the Middle East, sovereign clouds are trending due to rapid deglobalisation and new barriers of entry as a result of geopolitical tensions. These have motivated the need to be self-sufficient and for data to be kept within geographical boundaries of nation states. Sovereign clouds provide local industry support and safeguard the growth and development of fledgling local (cloud) companies in order to nurture more tech unicorns and evolve the region into a global digital hub.
A VMware Sovereign Cloud is a service that helps customers assure sensitive data is better protected, compliant, and resident within the national territory and subject to the laws of that country. Adopting a VMware Sovereign Cloud by the Government of Monaco is driven by a rapid increase in the nation’s digital capabilities.
The company says that this approach enables the government to safeguard its critical data assets while harnessing the power of cloud technology to modernise public services, enhance citizen experiences, and create greater economic value for Monegasque businesses.
Laurent Allard, Head of VMware Sovereign Cloud at VMware, said: “The Government of Monaco is fiercely ambitious when it comes to delivering digital services across its own departments and to its citizens and businesses, and has recognised that a sovereign cloud is the accelerator of these ambitions. As our VMware Sovereign Cloud partner, Monaco Cloud can help deliver these digital services to help the Government of Monaco drive innovation more securely while complying with data privacy laws.”
Sovereign cloud: Creating more secure and digitally-advanced nations
Monaco Cloud, a VMware Sovereign Cloud partner, will operate the Government’s sovereign cloud to help rapidly accelerate Monaco’s ‘Extended Monaco’ program, designed to make digital technology the foundation of all public policies and services. With a VMware Sovereign Cloud, Monaco can move one step closer to becoming a robust digital hub, creating services through Monaco Cloud and leading projects in e-health, e-education, and smart cities.
“VMware’s sovereign cloud strategy and services align perfectly with Monaco's commitment to a more secure, digitally advanced government and nation,” said Jean Charles, CIO for the Government of Monaco. “Monaco stands as one of the countries with the highest level of security in the world. The Principality of Monaco aims to establish itself as a robust digital hub, just as it has been a strong financial centre, and data confidentiality and security is paramount to this. This is a story about enabling growth, efficiency, and secure digital transformation for all enterprises in Monaco. We are currently experimenting with AI to see how our services can benefit, but our journey into the future is marked by careful steps, but with a vision that's bold, inspiring, and transformative.”
Davy Lissoir, CISO, at Monaco Cloud, added: “Monaco Cloud was born out of delivering excellence in data security and confidentiality for Monaco, with ambitions to deliver these cloud services beyond our national borders. The services we can offer through a VMware Sovereign Cloud will help to accelerate the Principality’s digital transformation. Data security for Monaco Cloud is by design–we adhere to the highest data compliancy regulations within Monaco. Digital technology is now at the heart of every economy, and it's essential to be a significant player in the field.”
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