Atos and OVHcloud have announced a strategic partnership to ‘create a trusted, 100% European cloud solution’ – in another sign of Europe-based vendors looking to stronger data sovereignty and security.
The two companies, who both signed up to an initiative last week to make data centres in Europe climate neutral by 2030, will offer a ‘market-leading multi-cloud solution.’
This will involve combining OVHcloud’s expertise in cloud solutions based on sovereign infrastructures with Atos OneCloud. The latter is a ‘one stop shop’ for clients, involving consulting, application transformation, and prebuilt cloud accelerators.
As such, Atos will offer cybersecurity solutions hosted by OVHcloud to enhance digital security. This includes on-demand ANSSI qualified encryption services and anonymisation management, and secured gateways to access local remote infrastructures and applications.
The partnership ‘confirms the shared ambitions of Atos and OVHcloud for data protection and privacy… building on their common commitment to create a unique, end-to-end, trusted and sovereign cloud environment, from infrastructure to applications and industry data spaces.’
“The acceleration of digital transformation across public and private sector industries has been significant, and we are delighted to collaborate with Atos to build common cloud solutions responding to their specific needs,” said Michel Paulin, CEO of OVHcloud in a statement. “Atos expertise and technological excellence, combined with OVHcloud’s powerful ecosystem, sovereign infrastructures and cutting edge multi-cloud products will bring a real added value to the market.”
This is by no means OVHcloud’s first foray into such a partnership. November saw a collaboration with Google Cloud for a European ‘trusted cloud solution’, while a partnership with Deutsche Telekom was announced in September. The latter involved Gaia-X, a collaboration between the European Commission, Germany and France.
Earlier this month, John Dinsdale, a chief analyst at Synergy Research Group, warned that while Gaia-X among other initiatives were ‘laudable’, European cloud market share had declined since 2017. Dinsdale said efforts from European cloud providers to wrest market share from US-based hyperscalers is ‘like King Canute attempting to stop an incoming tide.’
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