Orange: Orange & Capgemini to unveil Microsoft-focused sovereign cloud venture

Jan 19, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Orange & Capgemini this week announced that their Microsoft-focused Bleu joint venture is now getting ready for commercial operations. This cloud venture has begun engaging with ‘select French public and private organizations’ to ensure that they are ready for the migration once the first services start to go live on the platform from the end of 2024.

Capgemini CEO Aiman Ezzat said, "I'm proud of the work done by the Capgemini, Orange, and Microsoft teams to realize our shared ambition of being able to offer, through Bleu, a solution that will enable clients to leverage the full power of Microsoft cloud services in a ‘cloud de confiance. Bleu brings a unique combination of security and service benefits, including the widest range of technological innovations, enabling French organizations to accelerate their digital ambitions through the coming years.”

Christel Heydemann, CEO of Orange also commented, “Together with our partner Capgemini, we are very pleased to announce today the launch of activities of our joint venture Bleu. As a leading player in the digital transformation of businesses in France, Orange is aware of the specific challenges in terms of data protection and sovereignty for critical infrastructure operators and public institutions.”

He added, “We are confident that Bleu will meet these needs by providing a cloud solution based on Microsoft services while being fully compliant with the standards set by French authorities in its “trusted cloud” doctrine. Bleu is now fully operational and is actively working with its future customers to prepare for their migration to the platform.”