European provider of defense and cybersecurity solution Thales said Monday it has partnered with Microsoft for the development of a common Defense Cloud solution for armed forces – a system designed to allow armed forces to securely store sensitive data within their own infrastructures.

The new solution, which will be jointly developed by both companies, is based on the Microsoft Azure Stack platform – a services-oriented and flexible hybrid cloud environment that will be fully cyber-secured and adapted to military resilience constraints by Thales.

Together the two groups will become the first to offer a complementary solution adapted to the differing needs of armed forces from national command centres down to individual theatres of operations, with no compromise on security.

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“We are thrilled to announce our unique partnership with Thales to accelerate digital transformation in the defense sector,” states Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft.

“Our solution, Microsoft Azure Stack will help armed forces in the analysis of huge volumes of sensitive data in order to make break through developments. Together with Thales, we will be able to provide a flexible cloud platform with an unequalled level of security that will help overcome challenges within the defense industry.”