We have often talked about Ovh, by making our market aware of the transalpine reality, with the knowledge that in a technological world like today, referring to a European supplier has its own points of interest.
This time we had the opportunity to interview exclusively Michel Paulin, CEO of the provider who is proposing himself from France on the global cloud scene, and we did not let it escape.
With him we have touched on all the issues that affect the cloud choice of an endogenous and exogenous company: from having a European reference point to Amazon’s incombenza, from multicloud to new datacenters, from changing business roles And the reading keys he proposes are sometimes surprising. Like the formation of a European alliance, an alternative digital ecosystem, capable of supporting European users in the most appropriate way to them.
Why is it important that a French, Italian or German company should have a European cloud operator as its reference? What are the factors which make it more attractive and quantitative?
The cloud solutions and infrastructures offered by Ovh, the only European provider in the industry, are simple and intuitive and guaranteed by an infrastructure with top-level security standards and certifications. We recently illustrated the alternative cloud vision explaining how the data revolution we are experiencing is changing all scenarios quickly and Ovh has a duty to offer an alternative to accompany customers and partners to achieve their goals. Our mission is to allow everyone to manage their data, innovate and act in complete freedom, through a smart cloud, simple and fast to implement. This is our great goal and we are working in this direction to ensure our customers the best solutions on the market and at the forefront.
We need to create an alternative and reliable ecosystem, putting together the energies of the most important digital operators made in Europe and supporting, in terms of customer management and service, even better all our customers
Amazon is expanding its presence in Europe. It will open a region in Italy in two years. What does it mean for your business and for the choices of national SMEs?
On the occasion of our Paris Summit, the founder of Ovh, Octave Klaba, launched a proposal: to oppose the giants Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft a European digital alliance that is able to It may seem to many people a scenario far from reality but I think there is a real chance of creating an alternative and reliable ecosystem, putting together the energies of the most important digital operators made in Europe and supporting, in terms of customer management and service,
How can companies be convinced, in line with their goals, to embrace a multicloud infrastructure?
Our mission is to support customers and partners in the best possible way with innovative solutions, but at the same time simple and quick to use. Technology is evolving very quickly and with unimaginable timings until a few years ago. It is essential that companies ride the digital revolution as soon as possible so that they do not have to be forced to chase in the future. All this has been translated into four universes made, developed and adapted to the different types of customers and to the needs of each of them in terms of the use of products and services: OVHmarket (a set of digital tools and products that include our historical products, We are talking about larger customers or smaller ones that in turn serve large customer companies.
Ovh received health certification for the duration of 3 years in France for the management of sensitive data in the healthcare sector
What are the technologies that determine the reliability of a datacenter and on which you are investing?
When it comes to innovation and the cloud, we cannot but talk about data security and infrastructure reliability; it is an essential element to gain customer confidence. Ovh solutions are certified and still reliable and safe; just think that Ovh received health certification for 3 years in France for the management of sensitive data in the healthcare sector a few months ago. Something that couldn’t be imagined until a few years ago. This is an element on which we are investing a lot and we are strongly committed to ensuring the data protection of our customers and we will continue in our path of technological innovation on this front too.
How will 5G affect your business and reflect that of the companies that are looking to you?
We are reaching the 5 million interconnected objects and the cloud alone is not enough; to work even more excellently there is definitely need for more bandwidth and more speed. 5G will surely be a key factor in the future development of cloud innovations and will provide customers with an increasingly advanced user experience. Ovh is still working constantly to improve its infrastructure; for example our backbone has reached 16 Tbps of capacity.
According to the CISPE Code of Conduct, cloud infrastructure providers cannot extract data or profile personal data of customers for marketing, advertising or similar activities, for their own purposes or for resale to third parties
Can Europe still aim at, if not at a technological primacy, a coherent policy of partnership with the countries from which new technologies and models of use come?
As mentioned above, the idea is to develop a European digital alliance that can create a new ecosystem based on European values and can overcome the challenge with the superpowers of overseas. In this way there could be a real possibility of developing an alternative ecosystem by creating a European digital hub. Important steps in this direction have been taken thanks to CISPE, Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe, of which Ovh is part, a coalition of over 20 operating cloud providers in Europe, which announced the launch of the first code Under the CISPE Code of Conduct, cloud infrastructure providers cannot extract data or profile personal data of customers for marketing, advertising or similar activities, for their own purposes or for resale to third parties. The CISPE code complies with the GDPR application.
How has CEO’s role as a technology company changed in recent years?
In recent years the role of the CEO of all sectors has changed profoundly and undoubtedly the technological players are at the forefront in this re-view of the figure of the company leader. This is due to the impact of technology on the organization of the company, which is more true for those who live on innovation every day. There are three main areas of change: the most technological one, so the disruption produced by Cloud, Big Data and artificial intelligence, also changes the skills required of the head of the company, which must know its potential and characteristics even if it is not a CIO or C C’ is also a subject related to digital transformation, also as regards the ability to communicate it to the market and customers in an effective way. Finally, there is an aspect related to the competence to use technology to be empathetic towards stakeholders, let’s think for example how many CEOs increasingly use social media to communicate with their employees.
And that of IT manager, how should it be updated?
IOC/CTO is required to be a leader in change and to support growing and increasingly cross-cutting responsibilities, such as the dissemination of digital activities and innovative technologies. If the distribution of IT services remains among the responsibilities of the IT Manager, there is a greater emphasis on achieving a much wider range of business objectives. As organizations are digitised, the IOC becomes the enabler of the dissemination of secure data and shared information flows, which allow to bring all business information a new and decisive added value. For this reason, as protagonists of the company transformation, they must also equip themselves with soft skills, so as to build integrated teams, capable of keeping people connected, involved and able to adapt flexibly to change.