Launch of the new European alliance in the cloud … open to foreign companies

The European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud was officially launched by the European Commission on December 15, 2021. The companies forming the alliance will be responsible for defining “a roadmap ambitious investing to develop and deploy next-generation technologies“, European Commissioner Thierry Breton rejoices.

This alliance is part of the European strategy for data, the goal of which the European Union will be “A model“and one”main actor “ of a company wherethe mode of action is data -driven“, explains the European Commission.

Give recommendations, advise the Commission …
In detail, the main task of this alliance is “bring together a wide range of industry players willing to work together to strengthen the EU’s position on the next generation of cloud and edge computing technologies. It is also responsible for providing “recommendations to ensure coherent integration of investments into those planned for the deployment of common European data spaces in the areas concerned“as well as”advise the Commission on requirements and standards for cloud services, including for public procurement“.

The alliance currently consists of 39 members: 38 companies from European Union member countries and one Norwegian (Jotne), including Airbus, Atos, Clever Cloud, Dassault Aviation, Orange, OVHcloud, Scaleway and Sopra Steria. No non-European companies were present. The Commission has set a set of rules and a charter of values ​​to be respected, the details of which are available here.

Open to foreign companies that meet certain standards
The alliance is open to “all public and private entities with related activity in the field of processor and semiconductor technologies, including end-user companies, research and technology associations and organizations“, the European Commission referred to The Digital Factory.

Regarding foreign companies, American or Chinese for example, they can participate in this alliance “as long as they meet the eligibility criteria“, he added. They should have”a legal representative in the Union ” atwill be their participation subject to compliance with specific eligibility criteria, including security (of intellectual property, supply, information) and the ability to achieve certain key objectives of EU policy in this area ”.

In addition, non -European companies must “supply additional evidence about Ia security of sensitive information and data protectionincluding the legal, organizational and technical steps they have taken to ensure full compliance with the EU data protection framework, as well as security of supply and protection of intellectual property. These criteria are reviewed on a case-by-car basis by the European Commission based on information submitted by the applicant’s company.

Avoiding the Gaia-X flop
This means that American companies, such as Amazon, Google or Microsoft (the three largest cloud service providers), can join this new organization if they meet these standards previously validated by Brussels. No member seems concerned about this operation so far, which has nevertheless reaped much criticism of Gaia-X.

We see this as a great signal as well as effective management that will guarantee a sacred dialogue between European cloud manufacturers and European authorities ”accepted OVHcloud atEuroactivemphasizing that the alliance must enable “to act fast“at”to provide concrete answers to sovereignty issues in terms of their data and technologies ”.

Scaleway, who recently walked out on Gaia-X, sees this new alliance as “a discussion forum“of the key issues facing the cloud and advanced technology sectors,” explained Lucas Buthion, public affairs manager at Scaleway, in Euroactiv. not that”body of standardizationaims to match technical needs, he added.

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