- Summa one of 24 new Gaia-X AISBL Board Members
- DE-CIX as a blueprint for other Internet Exchange operators
Frankfurt am Main, 15 June 2021 – Harald A. Summa, CEO of DE-CIX, the operator of the world’s leading Internet Exchange in Frankfurt am Main, was one of 24 people elected to the Gaia-X AISBL Board during the organisation’s first general assembly on 7 June. The appointment is for a period of two years. Gaia-X member companies elected the board members and two independent members on the basis of 64 applications – in a virtual format due to the pandemic.
“When I first heard about the idea of Gaia-X, I knew that something great was being created here for Europe – and also beyond Europe’s borders. By getting involved in Gaia-X, we at DE-CIX are helping to develop this forward-looking initiative further and provide participating companies with sovereignty and control over their data. I am very pleased about the position on the Board of Directors and the trust being placed in me”, Harald A. Summa, CEO of DE-CIX and Member of the Board of Gaia-X AISBL.
DE-CIX as a blueprint for other Internet Exchange operators
DE-CIX acts as a blueprint within the European cloud infrastructure project Gaia-X for other Internet Exchanges and interconnection providers for how they can provide the necessary interconnection services to realize the innovative vision of distributed data spaces. DE-CIX operates close to 30 carrier and data center-neutral Internet Exchanges worldwide, with a strong focus on Europe, and has long been a global thought leader in enterprise interconnection ecosystems. Gaia-X aims to create digital ecosystems: a secure, interconnected, and federated data infrastructure that meets the highest security and latency requirements – for DE-CIX, this is the vision at the heart of the Gaia-X project.
DE-CIX is currently making, among others, the following contributions to Gaia-X:
- Management of the Working Package Interconnection and Network
- Member of the Technical Steering Committee
- Collaboration in the Working Group Architecture
- Collaboration in the Working Group Provider
- Development of an OpenSource IX-API
- Development and realization of concepts for the establishment of closed user groups