Minister of Economic Affairs Aigner awards grant

fortiss, the research institute of the Free State of Bavaria for software-intensive systems and services, is receiving project funding of 2.1 million EUR from the State of Bavaria to design and test the "Bayern-Cloud". The focus of the project is a digital platform for small and mid-sized businesses in Bavaria, which lack both the necessary expertise and resources to use cloud solutions.

fortiss will design a scalable IT infrastructure, provide interfaces and develop prototype applications to simulate selected operational scenarios and test typical business models. Using open-source technologies, the objective is to create a flexible, secure system that enables all market players from the different sectors to adapt the cloud solution to their needs. The research project is scheduled for three years. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC (Munich) is a cooperating partner on the project, which will also be supported by the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B).

"Bavaria is leading the way in the digital era. With our Digitalbonus.Bayern funding program, we have taken the first step to encourage the introduction of hardware and software solutions to Bavarian companies", explained Bavaria's Minister for Economic Affairs Ilse Aigner, who handed the grant to the management of fortiss. "With the Bayern-Cloud, we are taking the next logical step: together with our project partners fortiss and Fraunhofer AISEC, we are developing cloud technologies that are specifically adapted to the needs of mid-sized companies." This development will set the foundation for application-related and industry-specific solutions. With the Bayern-Cloud, we want to boost acceptance of this new technology amongst mid-sized companies and demonstrate the benefits it can have for their business."

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