What the market thinks

The group would like other service providers to implement its own PaaS to facilitate application portability. Jamespot, Scaleway, and 3DS OutScale chiefs’ opinion.

On the occasion of the Global Ecosystem Experience 2021 event in mid-November, OVH surprised the market by announcing the start of a strategy aimed at deploying its cloud platform (PaaS) in open source. “The goal is to give our customers operational sovereignty. This means they can leave our cloud services by migrating our PaaS elsewhere,” explained JDN Thierry Souche, Chief Technology Officer at OVHCCloud. “With this approach, we want to facilitate the integration of third-party offerings (SaaS, Editor’s Note). We also want other cloud providers to implement all or part of our PaaS. The goal is to promote the emergence of the standard application services model, regardless of the resource. (Read the interview with Thierry Such).

“While Super Americans build their proprietary Maginot lines, OVHCloud makes a difference”

On the part of our publisher partners at OVH, we are highly commended. “While super Americans are building proprietary Maginot fonts, OVHCloud is making a difference by choosing the open source cloud,” says Jamespot’s Alain Garnier. For the CEO of Montreux Digital Workplace, the initiative is timely. Based on Roubaix’s infrastructure since 2010, the publisher has taken the multi-cloud path for several years in order to spread risk among multiple suppliers. But by continuing to focus on the French players who are not subject to US extraterritorial data legislation. Jamespot has been ported to 3DS Outscale. But also in Scaleway, OVHCloud’s main French competitor in the public cloud. “If we can leverage the same PaaS in Scaleway (Only in OVH, Editor’s Note), our work on multiple clouds will actually be easier,” acknowledges Alain Garnier.

A new Gaya-X?

For his part, the CEO of Scaleway has a more accurate opinion. Yann The scale asks: “It’s a great forward-looking announcement that immediately raises a question: Does OVH not aspire to replace the European Gaya-X project with the same goals of openness?” A question that echoes Octave Klapa’s arguments in a tweet posted on November 20. “Not everyone cares about the interoperable and reversible cloud. We are. We are preparing open source Gaia-X from our public cloud,” OVH President writes on Twitter. From there to assuring that the provider develops this unified layer to sell what they know how to do best, ie home-made machine servers, there is only one step. A segment that accounts for the largest share of its sales (about 45% in 2020).

Created in mid-2020, the Gaya-X Consortium aims to geographically and legally unite cloud services on the Old Continent through an open platform. France and Germany decided to finance its development in the amount of 15 million euros each. As one of the 22 founding members of Gaya-X, OVHcloud, Scaleway, and Outscale, all three have committed to contributing to the building code. After opening the union to non-European groups (Alibaba, Google, Huawei and Microsoft), Scaleway decided in mid-November to close the door to the consortium. We can now wonder if OVH won’t do the same to focus on setting up its own open source framework.

“Developers want solutions that work today, not solutions that open tomorrow”

The CEO of Scaleway insists: “We have no interest in adopting the OVH project. We are positioning ourselves as a regional alternative to AWS, in a proprietary, fully sovereign software suite and an already very rich ecosystem. Elsewhere, there is much higher growth than that of market (Public cloud records about 29% annual growth, compared to OVHCloud’s 15% in this segment, editor’s note). “

Yann Lechelle summarizes: “Developers want solutions that work today, not solutions that will be open tomorrow. Partner integration also requires, above all, the implementation of good APIs. There is no need for open source from this perspective.”

Open Source vs. SecNumCloud

In 3DS Outscale, the reception given to the project is quite mixed. But for other reasons. “Our industrial approach to the cloud, targeting critical systems of critical operators and state, means total mastery of the orchestrator to ensure reliability and security. However, by definition, this isolation and software protection approach is incompatible with source,” says David Chassan, Director of Strategy The cloud in Dassault Systèmes. In this sense, 3DS Outscale has chosen to certify its full stack ISO 27001, HDS (Health Data Host), but also SecNumCloud, the qualification awarded by the National Information Systems Security and Defense Authority.

On this last point, Scaleway’s Yann Lechelle wonders: “After this discussion, one might also ask whether the source and community code published by OVH will incorporate the accuracy implied by the SecNumCloud certificate. A million dollar question!”

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