Technology is creeping into defense more and more every year. New illustration today with the announcement of a partnership between Thales and Microsoft on the occasion of the Eurosatory armaments fair, which is being held this week in Villepinte, north of Paris. This partnership provides for the development of a common private cloud solution for the armed forces. The details of this offer are being finalized.
As part of this alliance, this solution will be based on Microsoft’s Azure Stack platform, which makes it possible to deploy an Azure cloud on a private infrastructure to overcome the constraints related to the public cloud, particularly in terms of data confidentiality inherent in operations. military. The solution will be reinforced by Thales, specialist in defense electronics, to ensure its protection against cyber attacks.
Thales, guarantor of data confidentiality
As the operator of the solution, the French group, which had the last word to acquire Gemalto, the world leader in SIM cards, will also have to ensure the confidentiality of the data exchanged in this private cloud, given that it is sensitive information that could endanger lives if it comes to light. In theaters of operations, the solution developed by Thales and Microsoft should indeed allow better data transmission between the various command posts.
This is not the first time that the American giant and the French group have collaborated together. At the end of 2016, Thales and Microsoft jointly announced the launch of new services to encrypt sensitive information before sending it by email or storing it in the cloud. Besides Microsoft, Google recently made a name for itself with its military Maven program concluded quietly with the Pentagon last year to improve facial recognition and information gathering of US military drones. Faced with the internal outcry caused by this contract, Google has decided not to renew this program which will end in 2019.