Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty was launched on Tuesday for government customers, offering greater control over their data, and has signed up Italian defense group Leonardo and Belgian telecoms firm Proximus as partners.

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a digital transformation in many public sector organisations, and Microsoft expects to use its “Cloud for Sovereignty” to better compete with rivals such as Amazon Web Services and Alphabet’s Google.

The size of the global government cloud market is expected to reach $71.2 billion (roughly Rs. 5,69,400 crore) by 2027 from $27.6 billion (roughly Rs. 2,20,700 crore) in 2021, according to market research firm Imarc Group.

“We really do anticipate users around the globe… in any case, the initial not many users have been in Europe,” corporate VP Corey Sanders said in a meeting, adding that the organization is directing confidential reviews with customers.

The European Union has been at the very front of protection and security regulation and its security guard dog launched a test recently into the public area’s utilization of cloud-based administrations to check in the event that they consent to its protection shields.

Both business and government customers increasingly use the data centres of big tech companies in the form of public clouds rather than building their own infrastructure.

Aside from most recent tech abilities and lower cost, Microsoft said its cloud product would satisfy commitments around information administration, security controls, protection of residents, information residency and other legit necessities.

The company is also working with other local partners to provide tailor-made clouds for local governments.

Recently, Microsoft announced an expansion in evaluating for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 for not-for-profit customers all over the globe. The change will come into force from September 1, making Microsoft products up to 28 percent costlier for charities worldwide.

It will influence Microsoft Office 365 E1, Office 365 E3, and Office 365 E5 permit costs.

The updated pricing will also be applicable to Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 Business Premium. However, there will be no impact on any nonprofit offers available as a grant, according to the company. Despite the increase, Microsoft said that it would continue to provide nonprofits discounts of up to 75 percent on many other Microsoft 365 products.