Bleu, the Orange and Capgemini cloud platform launched with Microsoft, will be operational in 2024


Orange and Capgemini have indicated that a joint venture dedicated to the Bleu platform should see the light of day by the end of 2022. But it will be necessary to wait until 2024 for the platform, which was launched with Microsoft, to be operational.


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The timeline is becoming clearer for the “trusted cloud” that Orange and Capgemini created in partnership with Microsoft. Just over a year after announcing the creation of Bleu, a company that intends to provide companies and public administrations with a platform capable of ensuring the confidentiality and security of their data, the two French companies have unveiled the next stages of deployment of this cloud solution. You have to be patient…

Indeed, Orange and Capgemini indicated that a joint venture dedicated to this platform should see the light of day by the end of 2022, which will make it possible to start supporting early customers in preparing for their migration to this “trusted cloud”. But it will be necessary to wait until 2024 for the blue platform to be operational.

On this horizon, it will offer cloud solutions from Microsoft, the Microsoft 365 office suite and the Azure platform. It has been determined that the platform will be launched “On a group of geographically dispersed data centers in France”. The launch of Bleu will be led by Jean Coomaros, current director of transformation and member of the executive committee of the Capgemini Group, who has been selected as general manager of the future joint venture.

“Trusted Cloud” … with an American company

Blue’s announcement was one of the first responses to the “trust cloud” designation launched by the government in 2021. Based on the SecNumCloud visa issued by the National Agency for Information Systems Security (Anssi), this designation may be given to certain service providers. With this certification, the government intends to create both legal and technical security for French companies and administrations.

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Anticipating possible criticism over alliances between French companies and American players, the current leaders of the global cloud market (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, etc.), the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, explained that the trademark is given to companies only “European and European owned”and own “Servers operating in France”. He added that the process aims to ensure “complete independence from the extraterritorial laws of the United States”, referring to the American Cloud Act. Since 2018, this federal law has allowed US authorities to seize data abroad as long as it passes through US suppliers. It remains to be seen whether, in practice, a French confidence agreement can be imposed on US law.

OVHcloud and other neglected European hosts

Despite everything, European companies, such as OVHcloud, do not favor marginalization. The northern host also filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission. Thus, the French company seeks to denounce the trade practices of the American giant, which it considers anti-competitive. The Roubaix-based group, which went public last October, believes Redmond has a dominant position with its desktop software suite, giving it an unparalleled edge to crush the competition.

According to Synergy Research Group, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud in the US account for 69% of the European cloud computing market. At the level of European suppliers, who share crumbs, OVHcloud comes in second place with a market share of 1%, behind Deutsche Telekom (2%).

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