what the market thinks

The group wants other providers to implement its PaaS to facilitate application portability. The opinion of the bosses of Jamespot, Scaleway and 3DS OutScale.

On the occasion of its global event at Ecosystem Experience 2021 in mid-November, OVH surprised the market by announcing the kick-off of a strategy aimed at publishing its cloud platform (PaaS) to open source. “The goal is to give our customers operational sovereignty. That is to mean the possibility of leaving our cloud by deporting our PaaS elsewhere”, explained JDN Thierry Souche, CTO of OVHCloud. “Through this approach, we want to facilitate the integration of third-party offers (of the SaaS type, editor’s note). We also want other cloud providers to implement all or part of our PaaS. The aim is to advance the emergence of a common model of application services, regardless of supplier. ”(Read interview with Thierry Souche).

“At a time when American hyperscalers are building Maginot proprietary lines, OVHCloud is making a difference”

On the side of OVH’s publisher partners, we are full of praise. “At a time when American hyperscalers are building Maginot proprietary lines, OVHCloud has marked its difference by opting for an open source cloud,” said Alain Garnier of Jamespot. For the CEO of the Montreuil digital workplace, the initiative is timely. Based on the Roubaix company’s infrastructure since 2010, the publisher has used the multicloud route for several years to spread the risk between several suppliers. But by staying focused on French players who are unaffected by US extraterritorial data law. Jamespot is ported to 3DS Outscale. But also with Scaleway, OVHCloud’s main competitor in French in the public cloud. “If we can benefit from the same PaaS on Scaleway (in OVH only, editor’s note), our work in multicloud will be de facto easier ”, acknowledges Alain Garnier.

A new Like-X?

For his part, the CEO of Scaleway has a more nuanced opinion. “This is a great prospective announcement that immediately raises a question: won’t OVH have the ambition to replace the European Gaya-X project by using the same openness objectives”, wonders Yann The scale. A question that reflects Octave Klaba’s arguments in a tweet published on November 20. “Not everyone is interested in the interoperable and reversible cloud. We are. We are preparing the open source Gaia-X of our Public Cloud”, wrote the president of OVH in Tweet. From there to prove that the provider will develop this standardized layer to sell what it knows how to do best, especially its home-made server machines, there is only one step. A segment that represents the largest share of its turnover (approximately 45% in 2020).

Created in mid-2020, the Gaya-X consortium aims to integrate geographic and legal location cloud services on the Old Continent through an open platform. France and Germany decided to finance its development at a cost of 15 million euros each. As one of the 22 founding members of Gaya-X, OVHcloud, Scaleway and Outscale all three are committed to contributing to the building code. Following the opening of the association to non-European groups (Alibaba, Google, Huawei and Microsoft), Scaleway decided in mid-November to close the door of the consortium. We may already wonder if OVH will also not do the same to focus on setting up its own open source framework.

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

The CEO of Scaleway insisted: “We have no interest in using the OVH project. We are positioning ourselves as an alternative region to AWS, in a proprietary software stack, ideally empowered and with a very rich ecosystem. Elsewhere is higher. its growth. of the market)public cloud records annual growth of approximately 29%, compared to 15% for OVHCloud in this segment, editor notes). “

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

Open source vs SecNumCloud

At 3DS Outscale, the acceptance given to the project is mixed. But for other reasons. “Our industrial approach to the cloud, which targets the critical systems of the operators and the State, implies the complete mastery of the orchestra to ensure reliability and security. However, by definition, this method of software isolation and protection is incompatible with open source ”, argues David Chassan, director of cloud strategy at Dassault Systèmes. By this logic, 3DS Outscale chose to certify its entire stack as ISO 27001, HDS (Health Data Host), but also SecNumCloud, the qualification awarded by the national authority for security and defense of information systems. .

At this last point, Yann Lechelle of Scaleway wonders: “Despite this debate, we may also wonder if the source and community code published by OVH will include the strictly implied SecNumCloud certification. A question at a million dollars! “

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