Global payment services company Worldline has signed an agreement to migrate its operations to Google Cloud Platform.

The partnership is the next development of Worldline's 2022 "Move to Cloud" program, and will see the payment provider use Google Cloud's infrastructure. The company will also use Google's data analytics and AI offerings to develop new payment products and systems.

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In addition, Google will use Worldline as one of its key payment providers in Europe and will have access to support for more payment networks and cross-border conversion.

“To trailblaze changing payment environments and not only meet but anticipate customer expectations, it is key to couple our Paytech DNA with the technological capabilities of a true market leader," said Gilles Grapinet, CEO of Worldline. "We are very proud to expand and strengthen our partnership as a payment provider for Google in Europe. Our deep market infrastructure understanding, combined with Google Cloud's technology expertise and scale, will accelerate our time-to-market and drive tangible success for our customers and markets."

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian added: “Our partnership with Worldline underscores the wide range of opportunities that secure and reliable cloud technology, data analytics, and AI can bring to merchants and financial institutions. By bringing together the strengths of our two companies, we can accelerate innovation in the payment industry."

According to Worldline's 2022 Integrated Report, the company's three-year strategy is "underpinned by investment in cloud migration." At that time, the company had migrated around a quarter of its infrastructure to the cloud.

That report also states: "Worldline strengthened its operations in Europe in nine consolidated, interconnected, highly secure and fully redundant data centers distributed in three independent availability zones called “Cloud Areas”. Worldline’s European data center hub covers an area of more than 9,500 sqm (102,260 sq ft) and runs approximately 22,000 servers physical devices and approximately 50,000 virtual machines with a storage capacity of approximately 40 PB of data."

The company boasts of offering multiple delivery models, from "traditional data center" to cloud. Despite this, the report adds: "To make our services even more flexible and responsive, we’re working hard to modernize our software assets and make them completely cloud-based."

In 2022, the company selected HPE GreenLake's Edge-to-cloud to upgrade its payments platform. Reports at the time suggested that Worldline's old data IT infrastructure would be decommissioned after the transition.

Worldline was already a Google Cloud customer, having previously migrated its "Integrale Control" platform to the cloud in order to scale successfully to meet demand. According to a Google Cloud post, the two began working together in 2020.