Microsoft has just entered into an agreement with HTX (Home Team Science and Technology Agency) to develop a sovereign cloud in Singapore, addressing the technology needs across the country’s Home Team Departments.

According to the agreement, the Singapore sovereign cloud will be built on Microsoft’s Azure platform and expected to equip HTX with on-demand, high performance cloud computing and data storage resources.

This project is further expected to accelerate HTX’s effort in the adoption and creation of new technologies and solutions, significantly reducing time-to-market through new digital capabilities, and quickly scaling up capacity to meet future needs. The sovereign cloud capability will also provide Home Team officers on the ground with real time data to enable faster incident response and decision-making.

“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,” said Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Microsoft.

“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,” said Mr. Chan Tsan, CEO of HTX, concurrently the Deputy Secretary (Development) of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Aside developing the sovereign cloud, the agreement requires Microsoft to provide additional training and educational opportunities, including 600 training seats along with exam certificates that will be made available annually to HTX. This is further expected to enhance the technical skills of cloud technology professionals in Singapore through the introduction of new skilling, job development and training initiatives.