France’s Thales companions with Google on safe cloud providers

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PARIS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Defence firm Thales (TCFP.PA) and Google are partnering to supply state-vetted cloud computing providers for the storage of a few of France’s most delicate knowledge, the businesses stated on Wednesday.

The alliance between Thales, Europe’s largest defence electronics provider, and the Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit fulfils a May authorities plan underneath which France acknowledged U.S. technological superiority within the discipline. learn extra

The French authorities stated then that cloud computing providers developed by Google and Microsoft (MSFT.O) could possibly be used to retailer France’s most delicate state and company knowledge, supplied the providers had been licensed to French firms.

In their joint assertion, Thales and Google Cloud stated they are going to create a France-based firm and Thales would be the majority shareholder.

That firm will present the entire vary of Google Cloud’s providers however its community and servers could be separate from these used for normal Google purchasers.

“The company is going to run Google software on its infrastructure… with layers of security to ensure cybersecurity and protection of data from extraterritorial rules,” stated Marc Darmon, head of safe communications and knowledge methods at Thales.

Google and Microsoft, together with market chief Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) Amazon Web Services, dominate cloud storage worldwide, fuelling issues in Europe over the danger of surveillance by the United States within the wake of the adoption of the U.S. CLOUD Act of 2018.

The Thales-Google partnership will want the blessing of France’s cybersecurity company ANSSI to get a “trusted cloud” label.

However, its head, Guillaume Poupard, has already welcomed the mission, saying in a press release it fulfilled the factors wanted for the certification.

The firm ought to be created in first-half of 2022 and be operating by the beginning of 2023, the 2 teams stated.

It would compete towards Bleu, a joint firm to be arrange by IT consulting agency Capgemini (CAPP.PA) and telecoms group Orange (ORAN.PA) and which goals to make use of Microsoft’s cloud expertise.

Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

The logo of Google is seen on a building at La Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie near Paris, France, September 1, 2020.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The logo of French defence and electronics group Thales is seen at the company's headquarters in Merignac near Bordeaux, France, March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The logo of Google is seen on a building at La Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie near Paris, France, September 1, 2020.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau