Around seven months after the official announcement of the European cloud project Gaia-X, representatives of the German and French governments and businesses presented their plans on Thursday. For Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier, it is “perhaps the most ambitious digital project of this decade”.
The CDU politician is Gaia-X the “key project for one confident and trustworthy data infrastructure“, which should form the basis for a” European data ecosystem ” extended project phase with over 300 companies and organizations is comparable to the “starting signal of a digital moon rocket”. The first services are expected to be available to the general public in early 2021.
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The aim is to end dependency on individual providers and to allow freedom of choice, said Altmeier. There is a chance that Gaia-X will become the “gold standard for cloud services worldwide”, similar to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Airbus as a role model
In the German-French alliance announced in February, 22 founding members are involved in the digital prestige project that is to be modeled on the Airbus consortium. These include Amadeus, Atos, Beckhoff Automation, Bosch, the German internet hub De-Cix, Deutsche Telekom, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Friedhelm-Loh-Gruppe, PlusServer, Orange, SAP and Siemens. The further work is to coordinate a Belgian non-profit organization as a “neutral body”.
With Gaia-X, users should be able to freely use their data and applications between different cloud providers and combine various services. The customer selects his criteria from topics such as IT security, data protection or ecological sustainability via the portal of the “German Edge Cloud”. The request is then distributed via the orchestration software “Krake” by the service provider Cloud & Heat and the service is started.
Gaia X is said to be an alternative to cloud services from large IT companies such as Amazon, Google or Microsoft. However, the so-called hyperscaler do not remain completely outside. Amazon Web Services (AWS), for example, is supposed to provide the requested data in encrypted form to the security-hardened cloud environment of a local provider, in which it is decrypted and processed using a learning algorithm.