The French Ministry of Armed Forces adopts oodrive_share for collaboration on the move

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Founded on December 31, 2003 by French decree, the Joint Directorate of Infrastructure Networks and Information Systems (DIRISI) plays “a central role in French Defense operations and daily life.”

The DIRISI acts as telecommunications operator, manages the Defense information systems, and frequencies, ensures the information systems are secure, and procures telecommunication services, materials and software. The DIRISI also assures the implementation of new information and communication systems and provides support for the systems already in place.

In order to address the Ministry of Armed Forces’s need to share files and work collaboratively, the DIRISI deployed the oodrive_share solution developed by oodrive, a leader in confidential content management in Europe.


Oodrive_share provides an file storage and sharing system without size limits. Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to widespread remote working, oodrive_share is a major asset for ensuring service continuity.

It has been widely adopted, a trend which has accelerated since the start of the pandemic. As of the end of 2020, the number of licenses had increased from 4,000 to 20,000.

Lieutenant General and DIRISI Central Director, Jean-Marc Latapy, commented: “With the oodrive_share solution, oodrive supports the DIRISI in providing our forces and our employees with high-performing digital services. This allows our team to work on the move in the simplest and smoothest way possible.”

This collaboration began in 2014. At the time, the DIRISI sought to roll out a robust file sharing solution for its secure internal network.


The oodrive_share service was first launched in early 2019 and was initially made available to a limited number of staff members—1,800 out of more than 250,000 employees of the Ministry of Armed Forces.

Over the course of 2020, the DIRISI reviewed the feasibility of increasing access and implementing the service on a larger scale. By early 2020, the infrastructure was ready, fully stable, and accessible to all employees. The project was named Défense Drive.

Against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, Défense Drive quickly proved its usefulness. The solution, which is accessibleon-the-go and which can be used to store and share all types of files via a link, was very quickly adopted. The solution saw exponential growth, with demand for licenses up from 4,000 users to 20,000 by the end of 2020.


Today the solution meets all user expectations, and has even been expanded. On-site staff use the service as a backup solution for photos and videos on their smartphones while others use it to synchronize workstation folders to the Défense Drive storage system.

The Défense Drive project benefitted from agile management and dedicated and proactive support from oodrive’s teams who devised an approach that takes user needs into account while allowing the DIRISI to move forward as quickly as possible with the rollout.

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