Let’s update on the GAIA-X project covered earlier this year. Last June, the EU launched the initiative to create a cloud ecosystem protected by EU data laws. Now, per a new report from Forrester, the initiative needs to deliver proof of its value if it wants to avoid becoming irrelevant.
GAIA-X is designed for specific use cases that involve highly sensitive data: think regulated industries like healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, utilities or energy.
The report outlines that if the project doesn’t show more value than an average infrastructure provider by mid-2021, it won’t matter anymore and the project will be “Dead on arrival”.
Why do we care?
We’re getting to put up or shut up time for GAIA-X – can the project show results?
We’re watching because if it does, there is a business model for privacy driven data management that competes with the big providers.
If it fails, we’ll be looking to understand how these requirements get addressed in lieu of that.