Cloudwatt was a core initiative of Project Andromède, one of France's periodic attempts at building a local computer industry. Project Andromède was announced in 2009 as a governmental desire for French-controlled cloud computing, with the goal of spending €285 million (US$338 million) in "cloud souverain" ("sovereign cloud" in English). Cloudwatt was established in 2012 as a subsidiary of Orange S.A., with the government of France and French military contractor Thales as secondary shareholders.
In 2013, Cloudwatt chose U.S.-based Juniper Networks as a supplier to ensure French data sovereignty. Commercial sales began in 2014, and were expected to reach €500 million per year. The company developed a Dropbox-like storage service targeting small businesses and organizations, which was advertised on TV in 2013. In 2015, Orange bought out the other investors.
Despite government subsidies of €75 million, after two years, the project had revenues of just €6 million. On February 1, 2020, all services were terminated and clients were advised that their data was deleted.
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The Paris-based business picked Juniper Networks’ OpenContrail – an open source project initiated by the network supplier in autumn 2013 – to improve network operation efficiency and safeguard data sovereignty
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