Momentum grows in French technology ecosystem for Microsoft Cloud delivered from datacenters in Paris and Marseille

Issy-les-Moulineaux, June 23rd – Following the announcement by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella that the Microsoft Cloud will be delivered from datacenters in France beginning in 2017, numerous French partners have already begun making plans to use the local cloud. The local Microsoft Cloud is expected to create new opportunities for the over 10,000 Microsoft France partners to innovate and spark local economic growth.

ActiveEon, alter way, Archimed, Cegid, ISI expert and Xelia are choosing Microsoft France as a trusted partner knowing they can expect the same enterprise-grade performance and reliability the global Microsoft Cloud delivers, combined with local data residency, to support the digital transformation of their customers.


In January 2017, Cegid announced the creation of a global cloud dedicated to the retail industry in partnership with Microsoft on its Azure platform. This offer will be delivered to Cegid’s customers on several points of delivery (PoD) in different geographies a round the globe.

“We are pleased to be able to utilize the new Azure regions in France to install our point of delivery for Europe. The two regions –  in Paris and Marseille – will support resiliency across two production sites within France, and will offer a very high level of security to our French and European customers. The partnership with Microsoft around Azure allows us to make sure we can align our SaaS services with our customers’ growing requirements for data protection and compliance,” says Sylvain Moussé, CTO of Cegid.


A key player in internet and open source solutions in France, alter way assists its clients in the migration of applications and infrastructures to the cloud for more agility and responsiveness. The company is also very active in the developer ecosystem including containers, offering a full range “from Build to Run” at the heart of the open source innovations.

« Alter way based its approach from day one on open source and the cloud. We made an early bet on Microsoft Azure based on our relationship with Microsoft and the ability of the platform to support our open source DNA. Operating from Microsoft datacenters in France opens new perspectives for our customers sensitive to data localization, » says Véronique Torner, President and co-founder of alter way.


 Archimed is a preferred public sector partner with a brand specializing in dematerialization and electronic content management (ECM), NeoLedge. With its Elise SmartCity or Elise Cloud offerings, NeoLedge offers cities and local communities a solution for multi-channel citizen relations and managing content in the cloud to meet their business challenges (electronic invoicing, management processes, HR, and records management.).

« Azure availability in French datacenters turns out to be a real opportunity for NeoLedge. Hosting secure data on the French territory will not only allow us to more effectively promote our offer Elise SmartCity in France to the local communities, but also to our customers in Africa by winning in latency time. » adds Christian Serrure, Chief Product Officer at NeoLedge.


Many other partners trust Microsoft to host their cloud offerings as soon as the datacenters in France open:

  • Xelya, a cloud solutions provider serving very small businesses and SMBs, including a solution dedicated to law firms (Diapaz), a complete Information System, guaranteeing in particular the security of information and unification of communication tools.
  • ISI Expert, a systems integrator helping public sector organizations in the evolution of their information systems to the cloud.
  • Activeon, open source software editor, offers solutions for automation and scalability of IT, Big Data and the Internet of things (IoT). They speed up business processes and reduce the costs of infrastructure with a transition to the cloud through parallelization and distribution of treatments (scientific calculations, regulatory treatments, industrial simulations, etc.) by taking advantage of the low latency time allowed by datacenters located in France.


« We are pleased and delighted to see the interest and enthusiasm of our partners and, more broadly, of the entire French ecosystem for this new offer », says Bernard Ourghanlian, Chief Technology and Security Officer  of Microsoft France. “Hosters, ISVs, start-ups and large enterprises, all see an opportunity to capitalize on the industry-leading levels of security, privacy, transparency and compliance – including GDPR – of the trusted Microsoft Cloud delivered from datacenters located in France to accelerate their digital transformation. »

Considering the level of interest among customers and partners, Microsoft is broadening access to the Azure preview in France.

Expanding on existing investments in Europe, the Microsoft Cloud in France will deliver cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, from datacenters located in Paris and Marseille beginning in 2017. With the recent announcement of the Microsoft Cloud in Africa, Microsoft has now announced 40 cloud regions around the world, more than any other major cloud provider. Microsoft continues to demonstrate its commitment to its principles of security, privacy, compliance and transparency with deep expertise in protecting data and championing privacy, together with the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations in the industry. The Microsoft Cloud supports over a billion customers and 20 million businesses around the globe.

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