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French manufacturer Safran is optimising its datacentres through an outsourcing agreement with Atos, as part of the company’s digital transformation.
The four-year initial agreement, with an option for a two-year extension, will support the introduction of a hybrid cloud orchestration service and standardise process management across public and private clouds.
In Europe, the cloud platform will be provided to Safran from within France, as well as in Romania and Poland. In the US, it will be hosted locally.
“We are aiming to rapidly transform our entire information system over the cloud,” said Thierry Milhé, vice-president, international production of IT services at Safran. “The collaboration between the Safran and Atos teams will help us spring into this new era.”
Safran also aims to secure data wherever it is, rather than focusing on devices and applications. Surveillance of data flow will take into account each country’s regulatory requirements.
Satran CIO Loïc Bournon said outsourcing the management of datacentres to Atos would change the IT department’s role and free up time “in order to be able to offer our various core businesses a range of flexible and secure services”. he added: “We expect to see some technological breakthroughs with these innovative digital solutions.”
Businesses in all sectors are currently investing in their datacentres to support digital transformations. For example, connecting on-premise datacentre assets to public cloud resources will be a top investment priority for European IT decision-makers this year, according to the 2017 Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities survey.
With enterprises increasingly looking to tap into off-premise resources, the hybrid cloud is often seen as a delivery model that will enable them to do that while making the most of their existing datacentre investments.