Amsterdam, 4 May 2022 – Atos and VMware are expanding their strategic partnership and working to create an integrated set of options that will accelerate the development of so-called ‘data spaces’. Data spaces are platforms that enable better exchange, collaboration and utilization of data between organizations or industries, independent of the underlying infrastructure. They also ensure data sovereignty and interoperability.
With the partnership between VMware and Atos on data space development, the organizations aim to deliver an integrated set of capabilities that enable the use and sharing of data and industry applications more strategically to boost regional and national digital economies. The integrated set of options is adapted to the Gaia-X architecture. They serve as a key driver of the Gaia-X initiative, which aims to accelerate the exchange of data through new digital platforms that comply with commonly agreed rules.
Atos and VMware plan to combine VMware’s multi-cloud and app modernization capabilities with the Atos cloud, as well as Atos’ cyber security expertise and technology integration. The goal is to provide organizations and industries with important building blocks for the design, development, rollout, security and management of data spaces that meet the requirements for data management. Organizations can also use existing data to create machine learning and artificial intelligence services and enable new industry-specific services to:
- Health care and life sciences – facilitating the aggregation and sharing of health data to accelerate research and clinical trials.
- Financial services – development of business and cross-border services and collaborative ecosystems, for example with a sustainable financing platform to meet environmental, social and public requirements.
- Utilities – optimization of the electrical networks for charging electric cars.
“With a comprehensive set of data space features from VMware and Atos, organizations have access to a fast way to more securely share, manage, and leverage their data,” said Laurent Allard, Head of Sovereign Cloud EMEA at VMware. Today’s world revolves around multi-cloud. In line with the principles of Gaia-X, a number of features will be designed to deliver the interoperability, reversibility and security that European organizations and industries need to extract value from data and accelerate their digital ambitions. “
Frédéric Malicki, CTO, Southern Europe at Atos: “VMware and Atos have long been partners and share a commitment to helping organizations extract value from data. By supporting the accelerated development of data space and data sovereignty with the features of VMware and Atos, we expect to give customers the tools to – in collaboration with partners and peers – retrieve value not only from their own data but also from federated data. Organizations can convert existing data into new services that can help farmers with better weather forecasts, for example. The health authorities can also improve the living conditions of the elderly through the use of automated energy management. ”
The features provided by VMware and Atos include:
- VMware Tanzu Data Services – to enable rapid, scalable development and implementation of modern applications in the data space across teams and the cloud. Tanzu Data Services is a set of core services that are part of the broader VMware Tanzu offering.
- VMware Cloud Foundation – to connect the data space with the cloud infrastructure, including data storage platforms, and to utilize existing data.
- VMware Versatile Data Kit – to reduce unforeseen outcomes by means of a Data SDK, which contains the building blocks for building data applications with minimal effort.
- Atos cloud features – to support the shift to digital business.
- Atos Edge and Bare Metal-as-a-Service – to facilitate use cases and enable edge-to-cloud continuum.
- Atos Cybersecurity To ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.
- Atos Digital Hub To create custom shared and transparent platforms that enable and orchestrate value chains across huge data-driven ecosystems.
These capabilities are supported by reversibility, interoperability and portability provided by VMware’s cloud partners. With data hosted on a common peer-to-peer framework to ensure architectural compatibility between cloud providers, organizations can host their data with any of the participating cloud providers. This allows them to take full advantage of the services provided while being able to move apps to or collect data on platforms from other cloud providers.
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Atos is a digital transformation manager with 111,000 employees and annual sales of approx. 11 billion euros. The group is number one in Europe in cybersecurity, cloud and high-performance computing and delivers tailor-made end-to-end solutions to all sectors in 71 countries. As a pioneer in decarbonisation services and products, Atos is committed to providing secure and low-carbon digital technology to its customers. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on Euronext Paris and included in the CAC 40 ESG and Next 20 indices.
Atos’ goal is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research and contribute to the development of scientific and technological expertise. The group enables customers, employees and communities all over the world to live, work and develop sustainably in a safe and secure information space.
VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. VMware software provides a foundation for accelerating innovation and giving businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build their future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a brighter future through its 2030 agenda. Visit www.vmware.com/company for more information.
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