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Audit of the DTI key project RZPlus – fail-safe computing power 

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss)

Key facts

MeteoSwiss is a critical infrastructure and provides essential services for Switzerland, such as severe weather warnings, analyses of the spread of pollutants and so on. If these services fail or are only provided to a limited extent, human lives can be put at risk and major economic damage may result. With the RZPlus programme, MeteoSwiss is increasing the reliability of its services. To this end, it is reorganising the business-critical specialist applications and the ICT resources required for them in a geo-redundant manner and adapting the ICT operating processes. Based on public cloud services and suitable architectures, the specialist applications will be decoupled from each other wherever possible, thereby further increasing fail-safe performance. RZPlus started in 2022 and will run until 2028, costing around CHF 39 million. The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) audited the programme for the first time and focused on programme and risk management.