Google Cloud hub in Greece
When the project is completed, Greece will be one of the few countries in the world outside of North America where the three largest cloud service multinationals will have a local presence with infrastructure.
Taking into account the presence in Greece of extensive cloud infrastructures and other groups, such as Lamda Hellix which was acquired by Digital Realty, it becomes clear that the country nowadays enjoys the technological infrastructure, services and above all the speed and support it needs not only to accelerate its public and private sectors in their digital transformation, but also to support the entire Southeastern European region.
Speaking to Kathimerini in July, Google’s President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Business and Operations Matt Brittin explained the group’s targeting of the Greek market: “We continue to stand firmly by Greece and small and medium-sized enterprises and support them as much as possible.” He went on to add that “through our tools, services, investments and educational programs we seek to make people’s lives easier and better and contribute to the country’s path towards sustainable development.”
A few months earlier, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Brittin had met with Mitsotakis, and they discussed the prospect of increasing Google’s investments in Greece, which is now being implemented, but also the wider utilization tools that the multinational already has in Greece for digital training and entrepreneurship programs, especially in tourism.
Government sources say the new unit will place an emphasis both on the state and on small and medium-sized enterprises.