The year of the decision for the European cloud

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A European cloud should make the EU less dependent on US services such as Google, Microsoft or Amazon.

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Berlin, Düsseldorf The list is long and full of prominent names. 180 companies have announced that they will be participating in the European Gaia-X cloud project. BMW, SAP and Deutsche Telekom, for example, but also Bosch and the Schwarz Group. The project, which aims to create a “secure and trustworthy data infrastructure for Europe” on the initiative of the German government, has got off to a promising start.

But the work is just getting started. So far, it has been little more than a concept: important components are still being worked on, specific products that support the standard will not be available for months. Whether Gaia-X can achieve the ambitious goals – Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier spoke of a “moonshot in digital politics” – remains to be seen.

That’s why one thing is important: speed. If Gaia-X does not show its value by mid-2021, it will be irrelevant, says market researcher Forrester. Many companies are increasingly investing in the cloud due to the corona crisis, and this is often about directional decisions.

The participants are aware of this: “Consensual opinion-forming is a strength of Europe and Germany, but that doesn’t make things faster,” says Boris Otto, head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Technology and interim head of technology at the umbrella organization Gaia-X AISBL. “We have to come to Potte.”

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