Switzerland will have a sovereign cloud for 246.9 million francs

Switzerland will have a sovereign cloud for 246.9 million francs
Switzerland will have a sovereign cloud for 246.9 million francs

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Federal Council requested 246.9 million francs for its “Swiss Government Cloud”. What is it about? Explanations.

The federal government will have its own sovereign cloud service. The Federal Council on Wednesday requested a credit of 246.9 million francs for this “Swiss Governement Cloud” (SGC).

Why are we talking about a Swiss cloud?

In 2021, the Confederation chose five Internet giants to provide external cloud services: four Americans (Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle) and the Chinese Alibaba.

The attribution has been criticized. According to industry players, local suppliers never got a chance, because the tender required the presence of data centers on at least three continents. Swisscom had also decided not to submit a file. Since then, voices have called for the creation of a sovereign “cloud”.

Why build a Swiss cloud?

The digital transformation of public administration leads to an increase in needs for digital tools and requires IT infrastructures that meet increased requirements in terms of performance, reliability and security, writes the government in a press release.

How will the cloud work?

The CMS and external clouds will complement each other in a hybrid infrastructure, which must respect data protection and information security. Cantons, towns and municipalities will be able to use it. However, no services will be provided to the private sector using the CMS.

The SGC will also replace the private cloud of the Federal Office of Informatics and Telecommunications (Ofit), which will soon be obsolete. The project also includes investments in network infrastructure and cybersecurity.

When will the cloud be up and running?

The program will launch this year. As for the implementation, it will extend from 2025 to 2032. The first functions can be used from 2026.

How much will this cloud cost?

The commitment credit includes two tranches:

  • The first tranche, of 103.2 million for the years 2025 to 2027, must be released by Parliament.
  • The Federal Council will release the second tranche, of 143.7 million for the years 2028 to 2032, “as soon as the necessary conditions are met.”

In total, the SGC will cost 319.4 million francs, including Ofit’s own investments and expenses already incurred for the preparatory work.

Who is in charge of controlling this cloud?

As a key project of the administration, the SGC program will be subject to regular monitoring by the Federal Audit Office. The Federal Chambers will also be regularly informed. (jah/ats)

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Federal Council requested 246.9 million francs for its “Swiss Government Cloud”. What is it about? Explanations.

The federal government will have its own sovereign cloud service. The Federal Council on Wednesday requested a credit of 246.9 million francs for this “Swiss Governement Cloud” (SGC).

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