Who are we?
Gaia-X represents the next generation of data infrastructure: an open, transparent, and secure digital ecosystem, where data and services can be made available, collated and shared in an environment of trust.
The architecture of Gaia-X is based on the principle of decentralisation. Gaia-X is the result of many individual platforms that all follow a common standard – the Gaia-X standard. Together, we are developing a data infrastructure based on the values of openness, transparency, and trust. So, what emerges is not a cloud but a networked system that links many cloud services providers together.
Who is behind Gaia-X?
Representatives from business, politics, academics, and science from Europe and around the globe are working together, hand in hand, to create a federated and secure data infrastructure ecosystem. Companies and citizens will collate and share data in such a way that they keep control over them. They should decide what happens to their data, where it is stored, and always retain data sovereignty.
As in natural ecosystems, different organisations take on specific tasks in Gaia-X, which defines the technical and regulatory requirements and represents member organisations from all over Europe and the globe to engage them and promote international cooperation
The Gaia-X Hubs act as the voice of user ecosystems on a national level. Their main objectives are to bundle national initiatives, develop ecosystems, and provide a central point of contact to interested parties in their respective countries.
The demand in practice
Today, many small and medium-sized enterprises repeatedly build individual interfaces for data exchange and interoperability solutions with each individual customer. This is tedious and costs money. With Gaia-X, common data-exchange mechanisms will be made available that obey to the common needs of trust.
Today’s data are distributed geographically and hard to be moved in a single place. In addition, many users don’t want or cannot move them from where they are, but the current Cloud offering is concentrated on a few players offering a hyper-verticalised model. With Gaia-X, federation of Cloud nodes will be created that, summed up, will offer the critical mass and the necessary geographical distribution to elaborate data where they are minimising their transport.
Today’s commercial leading Digital Platforms use proprietary, non-interoperable technologies that concern and make users reluctant in adoption. Gaia-X will provide natively interoperable mechanisms and will verify the real level of interoperability.
Today’s cloud adoption in Europe is 26%. This means most of our data and applications are still not running in any sort of cloud. The mission of Gaia-X is to create a real alternative that removes the roadblock of lack of trust and freedom of choice for cloud adoption, give Europe a chance to bring back into the sovereign boundaries already existing investments in IT and digital transformation, accelerate the development of new solutions in a safe and trusted environment for a flourish European digital economy.
Gaia-X is open to all companies from all countries. Everyone, user, or provider of technology, has an interest in shaping our future, and we give a chance to all interested stakeholders to sit together and build with us the next generation of data-infrastructure for European Data Spaces. Every member can participate in technical tables in the many working groups developing our roadmap. From start-ups to large enterprises, from universities to public institutions, everybody has the right and the responsibility to contribute. We are waiting for you!