France’s Thales creates Google-powered cloud computing services company

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France’s Thales creates Google-powered cloud computing services company
France’s Thales creates Google-powered cloud computing services company

The cloud computing services company is majorly owned by Thales, which has full control over the commercialisation of the services developed by Google

French defence company Thales, in partnership with Google, to offer state-valued cloud computing services for the storage of some of the country’s most sensitive data, said on Thursday that it has created a new firm, dubbed S3NS.

Following a government plan under which France acknowledged US technological superiority, the new cloud computing services company is the result of an alliance sealed last year between Thales, Europe’s largest defence electronics supplier, and the Alphabet unit.

Google and Microsoft, along with the market leader Amazon.com’s Amazon Web Services, dominate cloud computing worldwide, which has led to concerns in Europe over the risk of surveillance by the United States.

The French government has said that cloud computing services developed by Google and Microsoft could be used to store France’s most sensitive state and corporate data, provided the data centres were located in the country and the services licensed to French companies.

The cloud computing services company is majorly owned by Thales, which has full control over the commercialisation of the services developed by Google, it said. Google’s stake wasn’t disclosed.

Among 40 potential customers of the new company are some of the France’s biggest banks and healthcare organisations, said Thales’ head of secure communications and information systems Marc Darmon.

After S3NS receives the blessing of France’s cyber-security agency ANSSI via a so-called “trusted cloud” label, its cloud services will be available from the second half of 2024, said Thales.

S3NS will compete against Bleu, a joint company to be set up by the end of the year by IT consulting firm Capgemini and telecoms group Orange which aims to use Microsoft’s cloud technology.

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