Project POSSIBLE to realise innovative and practical use cases and data spaces in the digital GAIA-X ecosystem
Bechtle will head the programme and market the solution
The project will run for a maximum of 36 months until the end of 2024
Neckarsulm, 6 July 2021 – The Federal Network Agency last week announced the winners of the GAIA-X funding competition run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with a Bechtle consortium among them. The winning submissions are intended to serve as flagship projects to highlight the technological and economic benefits of GAIA-X. A European initiative, GAIA-X aims to achieve a secure and connected data infrastructure that meets the highest standards of data sovereignty and fosters innovation. Within the framework of Project POSSIBLE, Bechtle is collaborating with the August-Wilhelm Scheer Institute, Dataport, the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, imc information multimedia communication, 1&1 IONOS and Univention with the goal of developing an innovative and user-friendly cloud solution. Of the 130 projects submitted, eleven ideas were selected to be funded with a total of around 122 million euros for a maximum of 36 months.
The aim of Project POSSIBLE is to dramatically simplify communication between government, commercial and private users. Initially, select employees at public-sector organisations, SMEs and educational institutions will have access to all the information associated with their digital identities in a data room in order to be able to share it in a secure and controlled manner.
“The GAIA-X funding competition supports flagship projects that illustrate the technological and economic benefits of a European cloud. The aim of our strong consortium is to develop a secure and networked cloud solution that meets the highest data sovereignty and availability requirements and also promotes innovation. With Project POSSIBLE, we are pleased to be able to support the creation of a networked, open data infrastructure based on European values,” says Steven Handgrätinger, Head of Public Sector, Bechtle AG.
GAIA-X – A sovereign European data infrastructure.
Critical factors in deciding the winners of the funding competition were the innovation and application potential, technical feasibility and composition of consortia that should cover the entire value chain. “All selected projects are characterised by their quality and innovation. There are numerous companies and research institutions with the will and capability to quickly get the GAIA-X project off the ground across the board,” says Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency.
At the end of the competition, participants will publish the results of their research and exemplary use case scenarios in order to create greater impetus for GAIA-X and take a step closer to a sovereign European data cloud.
Yannick Feuser has been with Bechtle for about 14 years. His responsibilities include the strategic development of the Professional Service and Managed Service portfolio in the Bechtle IT system house in Offenburg. His activities also include strategic consulting for multi-cloud or classic IT projects to accelerate or improve business processes.
Roland Schön has over 25 years of experience in network solutions, working in the areas of sales support, consultations, solution design, implementation and further development of network solutions. He is the Head of Pre-sales Networking Solutions at Bechtle where his focus in on Cisco and HPE Aruba technologies and solutions.
Since 2018, Adalbert Fuchs has been working as a consultant for mobile solutions at the Bechtle IT system house in Bonn. In Michael Rohrmund's team (Client Management), he brings his many years of expertise in the field of mobile solutions with a focus on Android, especially in connection with Samsung end devices and the complementary Samsung Knox solutions, to a wide variety of projects. The focus is on providing support in pre-sales and project situations, also across locations and system houses within the entire Bechtle organisation. In conjunction with the Mobile Solutions Competence Centres in Neckarsulm, Freiburg and Bonn, Adalbert Fuchs can thus guarantee the necessary consulting and further integration support for a wide variety of project and customer situations.
The Bechtle IT system houses in Bremen and Oldenburg provide professional expertise for Bechtle’s core IT solutions—client management, server and storage, networking solutions, virtualisation, IT security and software.
For more than eight years Dennis Trescher has been advising customers as a Consultant & System Engineer on all aspects of Enterprise Mobility. As team leader Mobility in the Competence Center Collaboration & Mobility, he and his team are available to customers on the topic of Unified Endpoint Management. From the classic project business to managed services, his team offers customers a broad spectrum of know-how in the areas of MobileIron, VMware Workspace One and App Development.
Manon Smulders has been working for ARP in the Netherlands since 2008. She switched to the Bechtle e-commerce International Business Unit as an international business management development manager in 2017. Her focus is on the support of our international team in the increasingly complex IT world.
Jan Wiesmann started his apprenticeship as Computer Scientist EFZ System Technology at Bechtle Schweiz AG (formerly: Steffen Informatik AG) in August 2017. After three years of apprenticeship in 1st and 2nd level support and project management, Jan Wiesmann is now part of the Network & Security team, a team of specialists responsible for the networks of all Bechtle customers in Switzerland.
Philipp Koch is a system engineer at the Dortmund system house and works there in the Networking & Collaboration competence team. His focus is on HPE Aruba in the areas of switching, wireless and network access control.