GAIA-X was formed by the German and French governments as a direct response to the needs of a number of heavy industrial enterprises to find alternatives to non-European cloud services for their digitalization journeys. European companies, government authorities and private individuals are today almost entirely dependent on non-European cloud services, which are often not compliant with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Europe’s need to strengthen its digital sovereignty is also a key issue for the European Commission, which considers the creation of European digital infrastructure as crucial for Europe’s long-term competitiveness.
Netnod provides critical infrastructure support ranging from interconnection services and Internet Exchanges to time services, DNS services and root server operations. With a worldwide reputation for its services and the expertise of its staff, Netnod ensures a stable and secure Internet for the Nordics and beyond. Established in 1996 as a neutral and independent Internet infrastructure organisation, Netnod is fully owned by the non-profit foundation TU-stiftelsen (Stiftelsen för Telematikens utveckling). More information is available at: www.netnod.se