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Will Gaia-X deliver the independent cloud network Europe needs?

With the cloud industry establishing itself as a key movement in the provision of IT infrastructure around the world, the emergence of US dominant global hyperscale providers has placed many European government organisations in an increasingly difficult position.

The issue is one of independence, or more precisely, the enormous reliance that organisations based in Europe have on the market-leading, largely US-based cloud providers, who must enforce US-based regulations and practices that aren’t suitable for European citizens and company data. 


A comprehensive guide to cloud adoption in Europe’s banking sector
Julian Schmücker is the European Banking Federation expert on cloud computing and organiser of the federation’s Cloud Banking Forum – a policy hub for European banks, cloud service providers and EU observers. Ahead of his appearance at Tech Week Frankfurt 2019, Julian breaks down the best practices for banking in the cloud European banks fully... Read More

Digital Realty to acquire Interxion in $8.4 billion deal

Digital Realty has announced the acquisition of Amsterdam-based colocation and interconnection provider Interxion in an all-stock deal worth $8.4bn.

The acquisition surpasses Digital Realty’s $7.6 billion purchase of DuPont Fabros Technology as the largest acquisition in the history of the data centre industry and puts an end to recent speculation over the future of Interxion, rumoured to be mulling takeover bids from several investment firms.


Germany targets AWS and Alibaba with new European cloud project

Germany has unveiled plans for a new cloud service to rival AWS and Alibaba Cloud. 

Economy Ministry minister Peter Altmaier announced the service at the Digital Summit in Dortmund today, but the announcement was overshadowed after he fell off stage and injured himself. The economics ministry said Altmaier is conscious and undergoing medical treatment.

The cloud service will be named Gaia-X in reference to the Greek goddess symbolising Earth and was developed with SAP SE, Deutsche Telekom AG and Deutsche Bank AG.


Alibaba Cloud EMEA distribution deal rounds out Europe expansion

Arrow Electronics has penned a distribution deal with Alibaba Cloud that will see the company distribute the Chinese cloud giant’s full suite of cloud services across EMEA and become the UK’s sole Alibaba Cloud distributor.

Alibaba Cloud dominates China’s $14bn cloud market and has had its eyes on Europe for some time — a market that IDC predicts to grow at a 22 percent rate for the next three years. Last year, the company launched two London data centres and has been forging partner relationships across EMEA since.



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