The European Commission Directorate-General for Informatics (EC DIGIT) has inked a deal with Microsoft, Accenture and Comparex to provide their expertise in public cloud service schemes.
Announced on Wednesday, the EC said the companies will form a consortium -- with Microsoft as a subcontractor -- to "enable access to new cloud and digital capabilities for public services."
The contract is for two years with the option to extend.
Under the terms of the deal, the consortium will work in two areas; one for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) capabilities, and a second for platforms as a service (PaaS) capabilities. Cloud technologies used will mainly be the Accenture Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.
"The Accenture Cloud Platform running Microsoft Azure technology met all EU requirements for a secure hyper-scale public cloud capability," the organization said.