CGI contributes to project developing common requirements for an open digital ecosystem that allows both digital sovereignty of cloud users and scalability of European cloud providers
Together with some of the top business, scientific and political institutions in Europe, CGI is contributing to the development of a common data infrastructure that will help keep digital data in the European Union (EU) secure and sovereign.
GAIA-X is a digital security and sovereignty project aimed at creating the framework for a wholly European data infrastructure. Founded in September 2020, the nonprofit project now comprises more than 200 organizations. CGI has been accepted as a member of the GAIA-X AISBL* We are involved in the design of GAIA-X use cases throughout Europe and have contributed expertise in the development of the identity management architecture aspect of the GAIA-X federation services.
GAIA-X is intended to be an open, transparent and secure digital ecosystem that allows both digital sovereignty of cloud service users and scalability of European cloud providers. The federated system will meet the highest standards of digital sovereignty.
In February 2021, the European Commission announced it would promote synergy between its European Open Science Cloud Association and initiatives like GAIA-X. The governments of multiple European nations already are involved in the project, and GAIA-X is in constant contact with the European Commission and the governments of its member states.
Currently, the exact requirements for a federated European data infrastructure are under development. But, as GAIA-X works to reinvent the system, the goals of openness, transparency and connectivity throughout Europe are top of mind.
In addition to improving data security, GAIA-X seeks to spur European innovation through open technologies and interfaces that foster simple and secure data exchange. Users of the new ecosystem could develop new solutions, services or open source technologies and make them easily accessible to others. Compliance with standards and easier data migration are also central components of the concept.
How CGI can help clients
CGI teams are in close contact with GAIA-X national hubs, including ones in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as in advising and supporting our European clients as they design and implement their GAIA-X strategies.
The use cases published by GAIA-X serve the agriculture, energy, finance, health, Industry 4.0, automotive, telecommunications and public sectors, as well as geo-information, mobility and smart living. We currently are seeing great interest, especially in the public sector, automotive sector and Industry 4.0. Under the name Catena-X, for example, the Industry 4.0 initiative of the Automotive Alliance has decided to create industry-specific infrastructure and data rooms based on GAIA-X.
CGI, along with members of our partner ecosystem, are helping clients prepare to benefit from the digital sovereignty promised by GAIA-X. We can help create opportunities to position your organization as either a user or as a provider of infrastructure and data services in the GAIA-X ecosystem.
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* Association internationale sans but lucratif (International Non-Profit Organization)