Atos and Google Cloud extend joint services with data centre extensions

Atos/Google Cloud alliance

The partners, who struck a cloud services partnership over a year ago, are now offering Oracle database users a more efficient way to handle their workloads.

Global consulting and services firm Atos has strengthened its strategic partnership with Google Cloud with two “high-performance” regional extensions of existing Google Cloud data centres in Frankfurt, Germany and Ashburn, Virginia.

They will be used to support the workloads of Oracle database customers. The regional extensions will be equipped with Atos’ high-performance BullSequana S servers and will enable Oracle database customers to run their workloads efficiently and effectively over the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

The two companies first entered into a cloud workload alliance in April 2018. The BullSequana S from Atos is a modular and highly scalable server that can be easily configured to fit specific customer needs, and which promises to optimise costs for Oracle customers. It is also being used to help deliver new edge data centres around the world in alliance with other companies, including Siemens and Rittal.

The regional data centres in the new deal are certified by Google Cloud to provide direct, secure and high-performance network connectivity, for faster and optimised access to Google Cloud resources.

Thierry Breton (pictured left above), chairman and CEO of Atos, said: “This expanded global partnership with Google Cloud now brings Oracle database customers the benefits of the Google Cloud Platform so they may harness the power of AI and machine learning to solve business challenges and support innovation.”

The partners have jointly worked on AI, machine learning, hybrid cloud and digital workplace projects over the last year, including the opening of AI Labs in Europe and the US.

Thomas Kurian (pictured right above), CEO at Google Cloud, said: “This solution from Atos means Oracle database customers can take advantage of Google Cloud’s performant infrastructure and scale, as well as our strengths in areas like AI and ML, backed by Atos’ expertise in business transformation and migration.”

The pair will provide customers with a single, unified process for identity management, access management, governance and administration across all environments, from GCP-based applications to database instances. The offering is available directly from the GCP console via the Google Marketplace.