How Google Cloud’s Partnership With HCL Will Scale Enterprise Cloud Adoption

By Amit Chowdhry • Nov 5, 2019

Google Corporate Vice President Kevin Ichhpurani recently announced that Google Cloud has expanded on its partnership with India-based HCL Technologies. This partnership is essential as more enterprises are planning large-scale migrations to the cloud and they are looking for the right partners for guiding them.

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian had told Business Insider that this partnership will make the company a stronger player against Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM. And HCL will help customers move to the platform or upgrade or build new applications. “At Google, we’ve been very clear that we’re not a services company,” said Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian via Business Insider. 

Amazon and Microsoft both use their own IT services in-house. But Kurian pointed out that Google believes this would be a conflict of interest with its own partners.

HCL president and CEO Vijayakumar C said that the India-based company is going to launch a new Google Cloud Business Unit — which is a dedicated group within HCL that will focus entirely on helping enterprise customers plan and execute large-scale migrations of workloads and applications to Google Cloud. And this will help more customers take advantage of Google Cloud and expand Google Cloud’s enterprise presence within large accounts. Offices for this partnership will be set up in Delhi, Dallas, and London.

The new HCL Business Unit will include over 5,000 trained experts on Google Cloud. And HCL is naming Google Cloud as its preferred cloud provider for select verticals.

“Many leading enterprise customers look to HCL for help architecting and executing IT strategies that yield business results, drive digital transformation, and manage complex IT environments,” added Ichhpurani in a blog post. “As demand for Google Cloud has grown among this important set of customers, HCL is committing to resource more than 5,000 professionals, specifically trained on Google Cloud, as part of this Business Unit.”

Google Cloud and HCL will focus on accelerating enterprise adoption of Google Cloud products and solutions, including SAP workload and application migration to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), hybrid and multi-cloud deployments with Google Cloud’s Anthos, and adoption of leading Google Cloud data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning solutions in areas like e-commerce, supply chain, and marketing. Plus the companies will also offer application and data center modernization, workplace transformation and collaboration with G Suite, and DevSecOps and service orchestration.

HCL also named Google Cloud its preferred cloud provider for several key verticals. This means HCL will take a “Google Cloud-first” approach for addressing customers’ needs across several industries. And HCL’s expertise in business-centric IT strategy and management will help organizations plan and execute migrations of workloads and applications to Google Cloud at scale thus leveraging Google Cloud’s performant infrastructure and leading solutions in areas such as multi-cloud, AI/ML, and collaboration.