Hungary has also joined the European data cloud project

The Computer Science and Automation Research Institute (SZTAKI) and the GAIA-X European Association for Data and Cloud AISBL (Gaia-X) announced on Wednesday the establishment of the Gaia-X project’s Hungarian Hub. The Gaia-X European project, announced in 2020, aims to create an open, decentralized and transparent digital ecosystem where data and services can be securely accessed, collected and shared.

The initiative would create a European data-sharing platform linking a number of cloud providers that would allow European businesses to have regulated access to data, for example from the transport, manufacturing and healthcare sectors, or even from other areas of artificial intelligence.

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All these objectives are designed to be achieved by the participating partners by ensuring the transparency, controllability, portability and interoperability of services for users and by bridging the lack of trust that limits the exchange of data between organizations. Another advantage of the platform is that the data cannot come out of Europe or only under controlled conditions, so the data sovereignty is not harmed either, writes SZTAKI in a statement.

According to Dr. Balázs Károly Solymár, Deputy Secretary of State for Digitization, “Gaia-X cooperation in the field of data economy and the development of the necessary data infrastructure, which can be mutually beneficial both for the Hungarian data ecosystem and for European cloud capabilities”.

When the project was announced in 2020, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and German Economic Minister Peter Altmaier added that this would reduce the vulnerability of the European economy from Silicon Valley giants and allow data on European companies and users to remain with EU service providers. Amazon Web Services, Google, Huawei, Microsoft, Palantir and VMware have also joined the initiative, but so far no tangible results have been achieved.

Gaia-X has a European presence through national Hubs (contact points), to which Hungary has now joined under the leadership of SZTAKI. The local contact points of Gaia-X, the number of which has thus increased to 18, are in close cooperation with each other, but they organize their national program and activities themselves.

Volker Pfirsching, a member of the Central European Board of Arthur D. Little, an international management consulting firm, and head of the company’s Global Digital Competence Center, was recently interviewed he spoke about Gaia-X, which still exists as a concept, in which it states that many of the participants in the cloud project are pursuing their own interests and “diluting” the concept. Over the years, key partners have also withdrawn and funding is not going as planned. While this is not the end of GAIA-X, it is more of a cleansing effect, according to the expert.

He was also an expert at market research firm Forrester last year notedthat the digital project should (should) prove its value in 2021, as support programs already existed, practical applications were lacking. There were no encouragement to Gartner analysts in 2020 his speeches nor that the German-French initiative is overdue as the global market for cloud-based services continues to expand rapidly, leading cloud providers already have a huge advantage.

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