The collaboration between the companies is expected to help the secure deployment of sensitive and mission-critical workloads
Proximus, a Belgium-based digital services and communication provider, has signed a five-year agreement with Google Cloud to provide sovereign cloud services in Belgium and Luxembourg.
The collaboration between the companies is expected to help the secure deployment of sensitive and mission-critical workloads.
It will also offer next-generation digital sovereignty controls for regulated enterprises, governments, and international organisations.
As per the terms of the agreement, sovereign cloud services will support disconnected operations through Google Distributed Cloud Hosted. This removes the need for connectivity to Google Cloud for managing infrastructure, services, APIs, or tooling.
The data, operational, and software sovereignty requirements are supported by Google Cloud’s sovereign solutions, thereby enabling more customer control and transparency for moving sensitive data to the cloud.
Google Ireland head and Google Cloud go to market president Adaire Fox-Martin said: “Data sovereignty is vital to European and international organisations as they digitise their operations and deploy the latest cloud innovations.
“These sovereign cloud solutions will help ensure that public and private-sector organisations can advance their digital transformation agendas using the latest technologies – without compromising on the security and sovereignty of their data and systems.”
To deploy the sovereign solutions in Belgium and Luxembourg, Proximus aims to collaborate with LuxConnect, a data centre service provider owned by the Luxembourg state.
Proximus CEO Guillaume Boutin said: “We are extremely proud to announce the first Google Cloud disconnected solution in the BeLux region. This is a major milestone as Proximus, partnering notably with LuxConnect, will be able to guarantee full operational sovereignty for its clients – on the European Union’s terms.
“Proximus will moreover leverage its vast cloud services experience in order to bring these disconnected cloud services to the Belgium and Luxembourg markets.”
The Belgian publicly-listed firm is a provider of digital services, communication, and ICT solutions operating in Belgium and other countries.