Gaia-X a unique public cloud platform from OVHcloud and T-Systems based on OpenStack

Gaia X project just announced in which GDPR OVHcloud and T-Systems have agreed to cooperate. This partnership will lead to the creation of a reliable public cloud offering for Germany, France and other European markets, in order to address all sectors sensitive to data sovereignty and GDPR compliance.

Both providers have the public sector in mind as clients, but also to infrastructure operators and companies of various sizes.

Some details about the technical implementation are already known: Offer must be based on the free OpenStack architecture and use water-cooled servers from OVHcloud, they must offer good energy efficiency.

T-Systems will contribute with the network infrastructure and the French partner's systems are also planned to run in Telekom's data centers in Germany.

The public cloud platform, based on OpenStack, is planned for early 2021 and this will try to meet the needs of the public sector, OIV, as well as companies “of all sizes working in strategic or sensitive sectors of public interest. ”.

With this partnership, OVHcloud and T-Systems will participate in the development of a single public cloud platform based on OpenStack.

This platform contributes to the European Gaia-X initiative which guarantees the highest levels of openness and transparency, sovereignty, confidentiality and security of European data.

"Deutsche Telekom is a strong supporter of a European sovereign cloud," said Frank Strecker, head of public cloud activity at Deutsche Telekom. “However, for a European sovereign cloud infrastructure to be successful, we need to scale quickly. And for that we need the support of the public sector. «

Max Ahrens, CTO of T-Systems, adds:

“So with OVHcloud, we are developing this fully European trusted public cloud offering. Our French partners bring their cutting edge Cloud Computing technology, based on their domain of the server production chain and an open source information system, while we take care of the infrastructure and operations in our German data centers. «

In fact, ehe aim of the Franco-German initiative is to establish rules and standards common on which companies can build to contribute their value proposition.

For example, listed companies must declare where data is stored and where data centers are located, specifying whether they are subject to regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Gaia-X seeks to be an alternative to US service providers to provide more emphatic access to public institutions and companies after the end of the privacy shield.

With it so much France like Germany want to counter the dominance of the American giants With a European cloud alternative, in addition to the other factor being the measures that the Trump government has taken from Huawei and now Tiktok, as an example we have the RISC-V Foundation with its actions to move its headquarters.

This project supposes a concrete and collective impulse to turn the aspirations of Gaia-X into concrete actions that benefit the European market.

"Our partnership with T-Systems is based, among other things, on shared values, such as data reversibility, security and transparency, which are important to us as founding members of the Gaia-X initiative," adds Falk Weinreich. , Managing Director for Central Europe of OVHcloud. “For more than twenty years, we have supported innovation in the cloud market, offering high efficiency, the latest technology and environmentally friendly cooling concepts. Combined with the vast experience of T-Systems, we can offer customers with sensitive data entirely new possibilities. "

This public cloud platform will be a key asset that will help expand the catalog of use cases of the Gaia-X initiative. T-Systems and OVHcloud, as founding members of Gaia-X, will develop this new offer by applying its guiding principles from its design: full compliance with the RGPD and open standards, but also reversibility, data privacy and the highest security standards.


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