National Australia Bank (NAB) has added Google Cloud to its cloud technology strategy, which also includes services from Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

The bank said its multi-cloud approach allows it to draw on the best innovations and features that each cloud provider offers while avoiding concentration risks as it aims to move 35 per cent of its applications to the cloud by the end of 2020.

Since embarking on its cloud strategy, the bank has now moved more than 400 applications to the cloud, while also reducing its overall number of applications by eight per cent.

NAB Chief Technology and Operations Officer Patrick Wright said Google Cloud brought great capabilities and innovations, particularly in data analytics, machine learning and container management, as well as an alignment with the bank’s multi-cloud strategy.

“One of the benefits of a multi-cloud approach is the ability to move workloads across platforms and integrate different tools and capabilities. We’re designing our most critical applications to be portable between cloud partners to avoid concentration risk which is an important regulatory and risk consideration,” Wright said.

“We also want to tap into the advanced capabilities of the world’s best cloud providers to improve customer experience. Google’s history of embracing open source technology enhances our ability to orchestrate infrastructure effectively across multi-cloud environments, and their software-based platform, Anthos, is a unique solution that we’ll explore further over time.”

NAB has added GCP training modules into the NAB Cloud and Analytics Guild education program, and will integrate GCP capabilities into the NAB Discovery Cloud and Data Hub in the future.

Google Cloud ANZ Country Director, Colin Timm said: “When we first started talking to enterprises about cloud a few years ago, they were mostly concerned about reducing costs. Today, our open, flexible and secure platform helps companies streamline processes and optimise infrastructure spend.

“For forward-thinking organisations like NAB that take cloud as a game changer, it’s an opportunity to rethink a business, to impact the bottom line, reduce risk, and strengthen customer loyalty.”

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