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  • Chris Bratton - Tech Journalist

Microsoft Azure to build Singapore’s first sovereign Cloud

Microsoft Azure made it to the partnership program to build Singapore’s first sovereign Cloud. Tech giant worked with many clients, but this kind of partnership is on a whole different level, so is the profit margin.

Singapore’s Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) and Microsoft Azure is signed. The agreement will give Azure the power to develop Singapore’s first sovereign Cloud. It will help the nation in digital transformation and innovation for HTX. The responsibility to boost Singapore’s tech sector is huge and remains a milestone on how passionate both parties are.

Chan Tsan, CEO of HTX, talked about “this strategic partnership with Microsoft to develop a Sovereign Cloud here in Singapore.” Also, “to push the boundaries of innovation and be in the forefront of technology.” Chan Tsan is also the concurrent Deputy Secretary (Development) of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Chan added on further notice that the country will be “well-positioned to enhance the capabilities of the Home Team exponentially and to keep Singapore as the safest place on the planet.”

The agreement is not only a contractual bond but will push Singapore’s digital futures growth before others. Additional training along with educational opportunities will be provided directly by Microsoft. Six hundred training seats certification programs with the HTX is part of the agreement. Singapore recognised that it is crucial to train its fellow citizens and upgrade its tech equipment so the future generation can learn from them.

Microsoft Azure will help HTX equip high-performance cloud computing features and data storage facilities. Azure will also make sure the agency is adapted to the technology as early as possible to create new technologies themselves.

The country followed a lengthy ban to build data centres as it was too expensive for budget or resource hungry. But later, new planning helped lift bans for data centres across the state. Energy-efficient medium and data centres should go hand in hand to cope with the modern world.

HTX and Microsoft announced a strategic agreement to develop Singapore’s first sovereign Cloud; digital innovation, safety, and security are prioritised in the official blog post. The post appeared before us on 10 February 2022, where the strategic Cloud to accelerate digital transformation and innovation for HTX is given priority.

Singapore’s Home Tech Departments needed the accelerated boost for emerging technology. As the agreement is made, new jobs, skills and training programs will be created.

“Sovereign Cloud” is the term given to the cloud technology integration that has a few more tricks under its sleeves. The rover-X robot is also announced in collaboration with Microsoft. Building an online network is crucial for Singapore’s Civil Defence Force. Advanced computing and adequate resources are compulsory to survive in the modern era.

HTX did not provide accurate details on sovereign Cloud, but network-related concerns remain. German information technology firms SAP and Arvato Systems also mentioned problems on sovereign cloud infrastructure for the public sector. An announcement was made on 2 February where the country mentioned collaboration with Microsoft’s technology, such as the Azure Cloud. Then again, the “infrastructure will be strictly separated from Microsoft’s global data centre infrastructure.”

The Science and Technology Agency (HTX) works closely with necessary bodies to prosper in the technology sector. Facilitating cooperation and synergy across the entire homeland security ecosystem is another plus point for HTX. Cloud computing systems are bringing standardised hardware as mutual infrastructure to be efficient. The Government started moving towards cloud technology in 2012, and since then, the authentication system was called “Government Cloud.”

A five-year plan was given in 2018, and within July 2021, 40 per cent of government IT systems were making slight progress. In 2011, Government declared cloud integration did not meet the current facilities, so the project was remedied lifeless. Later, when organisations started seeing the benefits of cloud integrations, motives followed.


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