French OVH partners with Google to push cloud computing in Europe


FILE PHOTO: Visitors stand at the new headquarters of French web hosting and server provider OVH Group in Paris, France, October 17, 2018. Photo taken on October 17, 2018. REUTERS / Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – French tech company OVH said on Tuesday it is teaming up with Google to boost its cloud computing capabilities, leveraging the U.S. giant’s technology to accelerate efforts to develop a European competitor In the region.

Alphabet’s Amazon, Microsoft and Google dominate the data storage arena around the world, which has fueled calls from European politicians for local alternatives to meet the challenge of becoming credible rivals.

Some have positioned the storage of sensitive corporate and state data as a matter of sovereignty and national security.

OVH and Dassault Systèmes are two of the French companies which have fought to develop their activities amid warnings from ministers that Europe is already well behind.

OVH said in a statement that its partnership with Google Cloud would allow it to integrate some of the American company’s technology into services that its teams would operate and manage in Europe.

“Listening to our customers, partners and policy makers in Europe, we understand their need for even greater control and autonomy,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, in the same statement.

The two firms did not disclose any financial details.

Reporting by Sarah White and Gwenaelle Barzic; Edited by Jan Harvey


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