“Atos to offer cloud-based solutions for Public Sector”

Paris, 20 September 2011

Strategic alliance with Microsoft to provide hosted communication and collaboration platform built on Windows Server and Hyper-V

Atos, an international IT services company, will offer communication and collaboration services built on Microsoft Windows Server and Hyper-V hosted in Atos datacenters. The private cloud offerings are tailored specifically for public sector organizations that look for the benefits of Private Cloud, including compliance with national and government data security standards.


As a result of this strategic alliance, Atos will include Microsoft cloud technologies in its cloud portfolio, as well as using it for its internal IT. Similarly, Microsoft will work with and support Atos in Public Sector Private Cloud sales efforts, including providing sales, marketing and technical development expertise for joint offers with Atos.


The companies will develop the offerings using a two-stage approach. Early 2012, they plan to launch a number of distinctive offerings for Atos and Microsoft customers in the Public Sector in France.  In the second phase, the aim is to extend the Atos offerings to meet customers' future requirements, as well as into other European countries. 


The benefits of this offering for Public Sector customers include: compliance with national and government data security standards; hosting in home country; Community Cloud, integrated national and European regulatory compliance and the possibility of additional services such as archiving, encryption and dedicated security rules.


Jérôme Brun, Senior Vice President Cloud Services at Atos said: “Atos is committed to delivering communication and collaboration solutions to its customers. We see a major opportunity for Microsoft and Atos to offer private cloud solutions to our public sector customers. As one of the largest outsourcers in Europe, we are committed to delivering cloud services and using Microsoft's best in class communication and collaboration technologies, including Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync, all of which are in high demand within the Public Sector. “


Nathalie Wright, Public Sector Market Director at Microsoft France said: “Our alliance with Atos will draw the outlines for a new generation of communications and collaboration services for the Public Sector that will be able to benefit from cloud computing, while securing the needs in terms of data sovereignty and security. This is an important step forward to accelerate the adoption of new IT technologies within Public Sector organizations.”

About Atos
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of EUR 8.7 billion and 78,500 employees in 42 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting &Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.


For more information, please contact:
Anne de Beaumont
Tel: +33 6 23 76 19 41
Email: anne.debeaumont@atos.net