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The news comes just months after Google made the same move in France as Europe continues to push for national cloud environments to provide services to millions of users and enterprises.
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December 21, 2021 | 5:00 AM GMT
Alphabet’s (Nasdaq: GOOGL) cloud business arm Google Cloud has expanded its strategic alliance with Minsait, an Indra company, to jointly offer Spanish public and private sector organisations sovereign cloud solutions.
Under the agreement, Minsait will provide its external encryption key management services as well as security services, cloud infrastructure management services, and local support, in addition to ongoing data centre auditing.
On the other hand, Google Cloud will contribute with its public and hybrid cloud-based on open-source technology, enabling Spanish organisations to innovate autonomously, without vendor lock-in.
Google said it will “ensure data is encrypted at rest and in transit” and that it will also make data location available in a new Google Cloud region that is scheduled to open in Madrid in 2022.
Minsait and Google Cloud will provide the sovereign cloud offering to Spanish organisations across various sectors, including healthcare, automotive, public transport, government and more.
Isaac Hernández, Country Manager, Google Cloud Spain, said: “We are proud to partner with Minsait on this joint digital sovereignty offering for public and private sector organisations across Spain.
“Innovation and accelerated digitization should come with the highest levels of security, privacy and sovereignty, which we look forward to delivering to customers under this agreement.”
Carlos Beldarrain, Head of Data Cloud at Minsait, commented: “Thanks to this collaboration with Google Cloud, we can help drive digital transformation for organisations of all sizes and industries.
“Together we bring competitiveness and innovation to the Spanish market with a sustainable approach, underpinned with a commitment to data sovereignty that is made possible through Minsait’s expertise as a trusted technology leader in Spain.”
Secretary of State for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas, said: “The development of a digital economy and sovereignty necessarily imply that citizens and organizations have control of their data and benefit from the availability of a sovereign cloud in Europe. This strategic alliance with a Spanish company is a step forward in the right direction.”
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