Originally posted to Data Center POST

DE-CIX, the operator of the world’s largest Internet Exchange in Frankfurt am Main, recently announced that it is a founding member of the European data and infrastructure project GAIA-X, announced on June 4, 2020 at a Franco-German ministerial talk. Spearheaded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, GAIA-X was created to facilitate data sovereignty, data availability and digital innovation on a European level. The project intends to bundle existing cloud solutions in Europe and produce new approaches to data and infrastructure in accordance with EU standards.

GAIA-X is an ambitious initiative looking to create an efficient, secure and trustworthy data and infrastructure ecosystem throughout Europe, strengthening digital sovereignty for business, science, government and society by developing innovation ecosystems. This digital sovereignty would mean that individuals, organizations and communities within these sectors can stay in complete control of stored and processed data, making independent decisions on who is permitted to have access to it. In turn, this would reduce dependencies, increase transparency and the attractiveness of digital services and support innovation.

Essentially, GAIA-X is focused on giving users the authority to decide where their data is stored and how it is sent from point to point while using multiple certified digital applications and services. This can be achieved by creating an infrastructure and a service landscape that bypasses the Internet, offering guaranteed latency and stable bandwidths through direct connections between data centers. As an operator of carrier and data center neutral Internet Exchanges, DE-CIX has already built infrastructure that fits this goal, and will now support this mission by collaborating with GAIA and offering key insight.

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