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 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. The European data infrastructure is scheduled to go into operation as early as the end of 2020.
Why do we need a European cloud?
Many European companies that want to push ahead with digitisation 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).
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