Tech Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) – Telefónica and Google Cloud have announced a new partnership to drive digital transformation and advance 5G mobile edge computing to meet the growing technology needs of Spanish businesses.

As part of this agreement, Google Cloud announced its plans to open a new cloud region in Spain that will leverage Telefonica’s Madrid region infrastructure.

Key growth engines

The acceleration of Spain’s digital transformation and the proliferation of 5G technologies for consumers and businesses alike are key growth engines for the economy. Spain needs enterprises and public organizations of all sizes to be ready to embrace present and future digital challenges and to do so, these businesses need an agile, scalable, secure and resilient telecommunications infrastructure. This strong technology backbone will allow easy access to new innovations that will accelerate business development, complete with investments in technological solutions.

Global multicloud strategy

Telefónica Tech’s cloud business will reinforce its multicloud strategy worldwide with joint marketing plans delivering a comprehensive solution, which, together with security and communications, will allow companies to enjoy a unique and comprehensive experience. The partnership also marks the significance and relevance of cloud computing for the future of the telecommunications industry. Telefónica’s strong infrastructure combined with Google Cloud’s mobile edge platform will deliver reliable and value-added 5G services to Spanish businesses and consumers.

Telefónica will also use Google Cloud services to boost its own digital capabilities – in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, and application development – to continue to provide new services and tools to its global customer base.

“Exponential increase in remote work”

“The unusual situation that we have had to live in, marked by the confinement of the world’s population and the exponential increase in remote work and online education and entertainment, has highlighted the key role that connectivity and digitalization play in society to create a more inclusive and sustainable future,” says José María Álvarez-Pallete, Chairman and CEO Telefónica. “Through our alliance with Google Cloud, we want to fulfil our social commitment and foster the recovery of the economy by helping companies, the public administration and all types of organizations not only to recover the ground lost by the crisis as well as accelerate their digital transformation and strengthen themselves for the future”.

New Google Cloud region in Spain

“Helping businesses adapt to our changing world has been a big focus for Google, before and during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet. “We’re excited to be partnering with Telefónica to launch a new cloud region in Spain and help Spanish businesses big and small find new ways to innovate and contribute to the country’s economic recovery.”

With the future opening of this new Google Cloud region in Spain, customers will benefit from the integration with Telefonica’s communications and cloud services, and will have the opportunity to use Google Cloud products with low latency and high performance while also having the option to store their applications in local public cloud servers.

Highest cybersecurity, data residency and compliance standards

Designed for high availability, the region will have three zones to protect against service disruptions, and will launch with the standard set of Google Cloud Platform products, including: Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Bigtable, Cloud Storage, Spanner, and BigQuery. This investment will facilitate enterprises and public administrations to fully unleash the potential of cloud computing based on Google Cloud’s AI technologies, while maintaining the highest cybersecurity, data residency and compliance standards, particularly those with specific data storage requirements.

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