Bull has simultaneously launched two major initiatives aimed at positioning the Group as a leading provider of secure Cloud services in Europe. Over recent months, there has been a lot of talk about the Cloud. They all stress its considerable benefits for business and the economy more widely, the most perceptive commentators are also rightly insisting on two key points.
First point: the Cloud remains an extremely high-tech affair, even though it may seem somewhat ethereal – with its ease of access and ease of use, and its dissemination in the form of on-demand services. In order to deliver the levels of security, interoperability and quality that organizations have the right to expect, extremely robust infrastructures and high-quality resources are required. Behind the seductive simplicity of mobile applications and SaaS, there are data centers, servers, industrialized processes and highly competent engineers. That is absolutely vital.
And secondly, the Cloud is already a real issue of sovereignty. For businesses of all sizes, being able to access reliable and powerful digital resources is a major factor in innovation, operational efficiency and, as a result, competitiveness too. For a nation to preserve its potential and its economic momentum means maintaining infrastructures, know-how and talent locally so that companies can be offered Cloud services that meet their needs and are free from all uncertainties, especially legal ones.
The Cloud is developing very fast, but the issues being discussed have to be translated into concrete commitments. That is exactly what Bull has just done. With NumInnov, which will offer secure High-Performance Computing (HPC) services in Cloud mode, Bull is opening up extraordinary possibilities for computer simulation to European SMEs. And with the creation of another company, along with SFR, to build and run a secure ‘computing power plant’, Bull is committed to the development of a secure Cloud, for France and Europe. The project, which represents a €225 million investment and will create around 400 new jobs, will act as a catalyst for digital transformation.
With these two strategic initiatives, Bull is extending its Le Cloud by Bull offering, to take it up to a whole new level. Thanks to its solutions, its expertise and its investment, Bull is taking a leadership role in European Cloud computing technology. In these uncertain economic times, it is critical to be resolute and entrepreneurial. We not only say it. We do it.