Google Cloud has joined forces with India-based IT services powerhouse HCL, which CEO Thomas Kurian says will make it a stronger player in the cloud where it is facing off with Amazon and Microsoft.
HCL will set up a new business organization with more than 5,000 IT professionals who will focus mainly on serving the needs of Google Cloud and its customers.
"At Google, we've been very clear that we're not a services company," Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian told Business Insider. "We never wanted to be a services company because frankly being a services company leads to conflict with the very partners like HCL that you want to use your platform."
HCL is one of the major players in infrastructure managed services the world. Gartner names it among the leading data center outsourcing and hybrid management infrastructure services providers in North America, together with IBM and Accenture.