French cloud specialist OVH announced on Tuesday, November 10 a strategic partnership with Google. The agreement will allow OVH to tap into one of the American giant’s technologies in order to complete its offer as it aims to build a European alternative in the rapidly growing cloud segment.
Europe wants an alternative to foreign giants
American groups Amazon, Microsoft and Google lead the data storage industry with an estimated 60% market share in the second quarter, according to market research. This domination has raised fears in Europe, especially on the protection of sensitive company data since the adoption of the Cloud Act in the United States in 2018 and in the absence of a solid competitor, apart from the Chinese company Alibaba.
European countries have called for the emergence of a European alternative in a sector which should show 6.3% growth in 2020, according to the research firm Gartner, boosted by the rise of teleworking due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In June, France and Germany presented a European data infrastructure project called Gaia-X to offer a catalog of transparent cloud offers.
Faced with increased concerns about data security and sovereignty, the French OVH is trying to accelerate by signing an alliance with the online search giant Google. Thanks to this agreement, OVH will be able to access Anthos technology, a cloud operating solution for businesses. The French company will be able to operate Anthos with its teams and on its own infrastructures.
Collaboration with the open source community
This alliance should allow the company based in Roubaix (North) to complete its private cloud offer which promises a higher level of control and security. “This agreement signals a strong commitment, to provide innovative solutions to serve customers, while supporting the development of their digital skills and promoting collaboration with the open source community,” the two companies wrote in a statement.
“By listening to our customers, partners and policy makers in Europe, we understand their need for greater control and autonomy,” adds Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
Founded in 1999, OVH employs 2,200 people and has around 30 data centers around the world. The group founded by Octave Klaba generated a turnover of 600 million euros in 2019.
With Reuters (Gwénaëlle Barzic and Sarah White, edited by Jean-Philippe Lefief)
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