Singapore’s HTX taps Microsoft for city-state’s first sovereign cloud


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Singapore’s Home Team Science and Technology agency (HTX) has called on Microsoft to develop its sovereign cloud.

The agency promotes technological adoption across Singapore’s Home Team departments, which are responsible for national security, policing, civil defence, and immigration.

HTX said the project will accelerate digital transformation and allow domestic services such as the police to deliver improved safety and security to all Singaporean citizens.

Using Microsoft Azure’s platform, the sovereign cloud will provide HTX with on-demand high-performance cloud and data storage resources.

Coupled with high-speed connectivity and advanced analytics, the cloud’s capabilities will provide officers with real time data to enable swifter incident response and decision-making.

Chan Tsan, CEO of HTX, said: “This strategic partnership with Microsoft to develop a Sovereign Cloud here in Singapore will enable us to push the boundaries of innovation and be in the forefront of technology.

“This way, we will be well-poised to exponentially enhance the capabilities of the Home Team and to keep Singapore as the safest place on the planet.”

Microsoft will also provide additional training and educational opportunities as part of the agreement, including 600 training places along with exam certificates to be made annually to the organisation.

It hopes that the training will advance the technical skills of cloud technology professionals in Singapore.

Judson Althoff, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Microsoft, said: “We’re delivering a trusted sovereign cloud that adheres to and meets the needs of the Singapore government – one that will expedite their digital transformation efforts.

“Our agreement will enable key technological advancements and provide access to data and insights to help drive change across various communities.”

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