The technological roadmap for a sovereign digital future
The European cloud project Gaia-X aims to secure Europe’s independence and innovative capacity through digital sovereignty. plusserver is involved as a Gaia-X founding member and is also one of the driving forces behind the Sovereign Cloud Stack (SCS) project - an important component of Gaia-X.
The project Gaia-X came about through an initiative of the German government and today brings together representatives of over 300 organisations from many countries. Regarded as one of the most important political and technological projects in Europe, the project is being rigorously promoted.
Why do we need a European cloud?
Many European companies that want to push ahead with digitalisation are currently in the process of becoming digitally dependent. That is because their journey to the cloud tends to lead them to the infrastructures of large cloud providers whose headquarters are located in jurisdictions that do not comply with the GDPR. The problem is that if proprietary applications and innovations, business-critical enterprise software or personal data are stored in these clouds, this raises more than merely data protection issues. Monopolisation is another problem and can restrict a company’s freedom to choose its infrastructure.
Video statement from Dr. Oliver Mauss
During the ministerial talk and virtual Gaia-X expert forum on 4 June 2020, plusserver-CEO Dr. Oliver Mauss spoke about our role in the Gaia-X Society and the Sovereign Cloud Stack (SCS).
pluscloud open –
a data-sovereign open source cloud
As part of the further development of SCS, plusserver has already launched the new pluscloud open, based on the SCS Framework. We believe that when using cloud technology it is not only important to process data securely and responsibly. Safeguards must also be in place to ensure that users do not become dependent: neither on individual cloud providers nor on the economic or political interests of individual countries. True independence is only possible with a cloud stack that is free from any third-party rights. This way, only open source technologies, such as OpenStack, that are based on the technological framework of SCS are used in the new pluscloud.
pluscloud open – the highlights from the German open source cloud
Independence from proprietary technology
Data security as per the highest standards set out by the GDPR
Transparency and traceability thanks to open source, auditable
Complete portability and federability
Redundancy in several data centres in Germany
Cross-cloud / federated identity management
Complete cloud stack, no further external components required
Support for all future Gaia-X services
High level of sustainability thanks to large ecosystem (IaaS/PaaS/SaaS)
With the pluscloud open, we offer European businesses the opportunity to advance their digitalisation efforts and, at the same time, maintain digital sovereignty. This creates an optimal basis for innovative strength and competitiveness. Cornelius Marks, Lead Architecture
How to benefit from open source technology
The sovereign cloud stack, on which the pluscloud open is based, consists entirely of open source code. Only open source guarantees interoperability, transparency and independence from third-party rights and, with that, sovereignty from sources of economic or political interference.
- State-of-the-art, scalable, consumable cloud technology
- Fully open source software, open community, open design and development
- Secure and independent. Long-term and sustainable investment
- SCS utilises standard open source components
- SCS sets the standards for installation, configuration and operation
- Every implementation is tested and certified against reference models
- Thereby ensuring verifiable compatibility, interoperability, quality and security
- Joint development by many Gaia-X members
- SCS creates a global network of compatible cloud providers
- Unlimited federability and portability across cloud providers
- A common standard facilitates specialisation and differentiation
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