Wednesday, December 11

Cloudwatt: definitive cessation of service in February 2020

As of February 1, 2020, Cloudwatt’s cloud-based sovereign cloud offering in March 2015 will be closed. Users must retrieve their data, if necessary they will be erased.

This is a page that turns from the history of the sovereign cloud. After a chaotic launch on the backdrop of delays in lighting that led to the departure of its former CEO Patrick Starck , the company Cloudwatt – funded by the state and taxpayers for at least € 75 million – finally bows out. “As of February 1, 2020, the Cloudwatt platform will be disabled and without action on your part your data will be permanently erased and not recoverable,” warned the company in a message to its customers relayed on Twitter.

After several tens - even hundreds - of millions of euros sunk, the sovereign cloud solution will completely disappear as of February 1, 2020. (credit: DR)

This announcement is a half-surprise, Cloudwatt is only a shadow of itself since its full takeover by Orange in March 2015 . “Cloudwatt’s offer and technology represent an opportunity to accelerate the deployment of the sovereign public cloud in France and Europe,” it said in a statement.

Customers urged to migrate to Flexible Engine
Since, water has flowed under the bridges and although the operator hosted the Cloudwatt pods in its data center in Val-de-Reuil, it was no longer mysterious that the latter was now privileging its own technology, Flexible Compute. A choice also confirmed in the farewell letter sent to users: “We thus have another OpenStack solution operated by Orange Business Services, available in France and internationally: Flexible Engine. This solution allows you to host both your traditional and native cloud applications and offers you an incomparable functional wealth. ”

If Cloudwatt’s current customers are warned of the end of service, this is not the case for potential prospects: on the provider’s website, everything happens as if nothing had happened with always – strangely – the possibility of create an account even though the data and applications stored and created on it must have been migrated by 31 January 2020 at the latest.