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Making public cloud connectivity a reality

Making public cloud connectivity a reality

Technology and Innovation,
28 April 2022 | 3 min read

We’ve teamed up with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure to give our community new levels of flexibility when connecting to our network and applications.

We want our community to be able to connect to our network and applications as easily as possible, which is why we’re making it possible to do so via the public cloud.

With the choice of three leading providers – Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure – this move will streamline the way financial institutions can connect to the world’s leading financial messaging service. It’s also an opportunity to drive new innovation opportunities while ensuring robust resilience and security.

Stephen Gilderdale
Cloud technology has been game-changing for the financial industry over the past decade and will be a key enabler of future forms and flows of money.
Stephen Gilderdale Chief Product Officer, SWIFT

A lighter way to connect

If you’re a SWIFT customer, using the public cloud means you’ll no longer have to host hardware in your own data centres. Instead, you’ll be able to connect through Alliance Connect Virtual – a new connectivity option that enables you to deploy SWIFT VPN connections with your selected public cloud provider.

This move forms a key part of our mission to make cross-border payments instant and frictionless, no matter where they’re sent from or where they’re going. We’ve always supported our customers’ cloud strategies and are excited see our community make the most of this opportunity too.

“Cloud technology has been game-changing for the financial industry over the past decade and will be a key enabler of future forms and flows of money,” says Stephen Gilderdale, Chief Product Officer at SWIFT. “We are proud to build upon our existing success with cloud strategies to help our community securely access the SWIFT network across the globe with ease and to benefit from the power of the public cloud.”

Embracing new opportunities

Moving to the public cloud has the potential to unlock significant benefits for financial institutions, reducing costs, increasing agility, improving automation and streamlining compliance. And that’s all without compromising on security or availability.

We’ve worked hard with each cloud provider to ensure compliance with our Customer Security Programme (CSP). This will mean that we can continue to raise the bar on cyber protection, help financial institutions to strengthen their defences against cyberattacks, and protect the integrity of the wider financial network.

Several early adopters are already in the final stages of testing their new connectivity solutions – from new digital banks to global financial institutions. General availability of Alliance Connect Virtual will be announced later in 2022. So, if cloud is the right option for you, get ready to make your move. 

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