France-based IT services provider Capgemini has formed an alliance with Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, to add cloud computing services to its outsourcing portfolio.
Capgemini said it would launch a Cloud computing centre with Amazon Web Services to evaluate and implement cloud-computing offerings. Amazon's team will be located in North America, Europe, and India, and will offer consulting, development, migration, and back-up services.
The company said the centre would initially focus on hosting Microsoft Sharepoint, Oracle ERP, and custom application development and testing. Capgemini has previously hosted pilot projects for Oracle applications on Amazon EC2 and S3, including a transportation management application, Oracle database, and Fusion middleware.
Paul Spence, head of outsourcing at Capgemini, said: "This is a ground-breaking partnership that clearly demonstrates Capgemini's strategy to always support its clients' transformation with the most efficient innovations in the market. The benefits of the Capgemini Cloud capability will be particularly relevant in today's economic climate and we want our clients to be able to take advantage of early providers such as Amazon Web Services."