PARIS, October 6 (Reuters) – Defense firm Thales (TCFP.PA) and Google are teaming up to provide state-controlled cloud computing services for the storage of some of France’s most sensitive data, have announced Wednesday companies.
The alliance between Thales, the leading European supplier of defense electronics, and the Alphabet unit (GOOGL.O) responds to a government plan in May according to which France recognized American technological superiority in the field. Read more
The French government then declared that cloud computing services developed by Google and Microsoft (MSFT.O) could be used to store France’s most sensitive state and company data, provided the services are licensed under license to French companies.
In their joint statement, Thales and Google Cloud announced that they would create a company based in France and that Thales would be the majority shareholder.
This company will provide the full range of Google Cloud services, but its network and servers would be separate from those used for regular Google customers.
“The company will be running Google software on its infrastructure … with layers of security to ensure cybersecurity and data protection against extraterritorial rules,” said Marc Darmon, head of secure communications and information systems at Thales.
Google and Microsoft, along with market leader Amazon.com (AMZN.O )’s Amazon web services, dominate cloud storage globally, fueling concerns in Europe about the risk of US oversight at the same time. following the adoption of the US CLOUD Act of 2018.
The Thales-Google partnership will need the blessing of the French cybersecurity agency ANSSI to obtain a “trusted cloud” label.
However, its leader, Guillaume Poupard, has already praised the project, saying in a press release that it meets the necessary criteria for certification.
The company is expected to be created in the first half of 2022 and operate in early 2023, the two groups said.
It would compete with Bleu, a joint venture to be created by the IT consulting firm Capgemini (CAPP.PA) and the telecommunications group Orange (ORAN.PA) and which aims to use Microsoft’s cloud technology.
Report by Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Cynthia Osterman
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