German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is about to unveil a cloud service plan to allow European companies to avoid storing data on cloud services in the US or Asia, such as Amazon and Alibaba. German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier will launch the service at a technology conference in Dortmund, Germany, on Tuesday.
The project was named Gaia-X after the Greek Goddess of The Earth. Altmaier worked with executives at SAPSE, Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Bank on the project, according to a strategy document from the German economy ministry seen by Bloomberg News.
“Data is a resource of the future,” the document said. “That’s why Germany and Europe need a data infrastructure that ensures data sovereignty and is able to share data on a broad, secure basis.” ”
Gaia-X aims to act as a link between several different cloud services by providing a joint standard of shared data, so that, for example, a European car start-up can take advantage of information provided by the TransportAtion Bureau.
The document says Germany plans to create a company-based organization for the cloud service in the first half of next year.