FAQ

General

What is the European Cloud Industrial Alliance (EUCLIDIA)?

The European Cloud Industrial Alliance (EUCLIDIA) is an industry alliance made up of SMEs active in the cloud industry. Members are cloud SMEs that develop and supply hardware or software for IaaS, PaaS or SaaS, and which are majority owned by European-based shareholders.

What is the association trying to achieve? What is the mission? Goals?

EUCLIDIA has the mission to foster innovation in the European cloud space, specifically for the supply and operation of cloud infrastructures. The association is dedicated to promote the opportunity in creating a strong eco-system and SME-friendly environment in the European cloud sector.

How is the association planning to carry out its mission?

By having a close dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including industry actors and policymakers, EUCLIDIA will carry out advocacy and cooperation to foster innovation. Efforts are focused on achieving 10+ distributed edge cloud platforms in Europe through government or EU funding, and a broader ecosystem through advocacy for availability of data and appropriate regulatory frameworks.

Where does EUCLIDIA get its funding from?

The association is funded by membership fees directly or through partner organisations.

How do EUCLIDIA and Gaia-X relate to each other?

Some members of EUCLIDIA are also members of Gaia-X. However, EUCLIDIA and Gaia-X are quite different in nature and goals.

  EUCLIDIA Gaia-X
Board members CEOs of European companies that create original cloud technology, mostly SMEs Mostly managers of large European companies or reseach organisations that use or run cloud through strategic partnerships with AWS, Azure or Google
Members European based companies with European based shareholders that create original cloud technology Mostly cloud users and cloud providers from any country
Main goal Accelerate the adoption of cloud technology created in Europe Develop compliance policies for cloud providers

What is the difference between a cloud industrial and a cloud provider?

It is the same difference as between a telecom infrastructure vendor and a telecom operator. EUCLIDIA focuses on cloud industrials rather than on cloud providers.

  Industrial / Vendor Provider / Operator
Cloud Nextcloud Dropbox
Telecom Ericsson AT&T

Membership

What is the benefit of being part of the association?

Through EUCLIDIA, SMEs in the cloud sector will have a voice that will champion innovative companies, and work to improve the conditions in which the members operate in.

How do I become a member?

After checking your eligibility, please contact membership@euclidia.eu for information regarding the application process.

Who can join EUCLIDIA?

SMEs who are suppliers of hardware or software for cloud infrastructure, that are majority owned by European-based shareholders are eligible for full membership. This includes cloud service providers ready to licence part or all of their technological assets to selected parties (ex. governments).

Relevant Europe-based industry partners (e.g. cloud service providers, suppliers, etc.) are eligible for associate membership.

What is the difference between full and associate membership?

SMEs who are suppliers of hardware or software for cloud infrastructure, that are majority owned by European-based shareholders, are eligible for full membership. This includes cloud service providers ready to licence part or all of their technological assets to selected parties (ex. governments).

Relevant Europe-based industry partners to suppliers of hardware or software for cloud infrastructure, that are majority owned by European-based shareholders, are eligible for associate membership.

Full members become part of EUCLIDIA's board. The board decides on the action plan for the period ahead, provides guidelines and reviews progress made.

Associate members may use their affiliation in public materials and take part and receive updates on the association’s work, progress and objectives.

What are partner organisations?

Partner organisations are non-profit organisations such as foundations or associations that endorse EUCLIDIA. They sometimes provides resources, financing, tax breaks or access to European institutions.

How are the questions that EUCLIDIA drive decided?

The association’s activities are defined and carried out entirely independently by a Board composed of representatives designated by the members’ organizations.