Vendor Viewpoint: Aruba S.p. A building foundations for the future

By Giorgio Girelli, General Manager, Aruba Enterprise

Digital transformation is a foundational change in how organizations deliver value to their customers. Public and private companies across the globe are looking for ways in which to digitalise their traditional services to benefit their customers. It also changes the way they operate to counter the potential for disruption from incumbents and startups, something we’ve seen more of in recent years. A key challenge here is reflected in the pace of change from old and antiquated legacy operations to more fast and capable IT infrastructures. A question that often comes up is: “how?”. In this relentless quest to adapt, data centres such as Aruba’s Global Cloud Data Centre in Milan, Italy, are becoming pivotal in the move towards greater digitization and building future foundations.

Data centre networks

Without a doubt there is a need for more agile and scalable data centre infrastructures to meet today’s customer demand, whether that is an application for consumers use, B2B or a company operations and processes. Depending on the nature of your business, for example, how much traffic you’re pulling and how much data you require to be stored, you are going to have to evolve your data centre and IT infrastructure. There is a lot of value in managing data offsite through a private cloud and colocation service. In fact, enterprises are seeing more value in hosting their vast catalogues of data offsite in private clouds and colocation services. Figures recently released showed that the worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019. Of course, this number won’t come as a surprise for many experts, as analyst firm 451 Research found that 90% of companies are currently benefiting from cloud computing and storage. It becomes clear that with so many enterprise systems and processes running in the cloud, data centres are taking the spotlight.

Security (GDPR)

However, moving data is not as easy as it sounds. There are rules and regulations, especially under GDPR in Europe, that highlights the need for protection, data security and privacy. This leads customers to working more closely with data centres, and really understanding where and how their information is stored. Site visits, risk assessments and other processes are now becoming the ‘new’ norm. And rightly so, with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, theft of confidential information, data alteration, and data loss becoming some of the most common security problems afflicting IT infrastructures and the data stored by customers inside data centre environments. GDPR regulations play a big part in ensuring that security is maintained across virtual applications and workloads.Businesses also need a trusted and respectable partner to help them guide them through regulation and data storage issues as and when they appear. A company that is agile enough to understand the various dynamics and complexities around data regulations, safety, as well as the impact of socio-economic crises. A partner that understand the impact a worldwide pandemic has on businesses and cash flow and have the flexibility in ensuring that workflows carry on as usual.

  • Digital transformation is a foundational change in how organizations deliver value to their customers.

Aruba’s Global Cloud Data Centre (IT3)

These services are also offered to clients from Aruba’s state of the art Global Cloud Data Centre in Milan, Italy. The site complies with all the important accreditations and certifications acrouss Europe, boasting ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality, ISO 27001:2013 certification for security, ISO 14001:2015 certification for environmental management and ISO 50001:2011 certification for its energy management system.

It has a surface area of over 17,500 (m2), over 165,000 physical servers, a tier / rating 4 redundancy criteria, the highest data center certification standards, and 15 Megawatts of electricity available to the servers, which are completely redundant thanks to two separate Power Centers.

What is unique about it?

A stand-out aspect of the campus is its unique specifications, offering maximum energy efficiency. A great deal of care has been taken to optimize the data center in terms of energy saving. All energy used to power the data center, is certified by the European Guarantee of Origin (GO) and produced using 100% renewable resourcesIn details, energy is supplied via multiple connections to external utilities, ahydroelectric plant and a photovoltaic system, both belonging to Aruba. As well as this, an incredibly efficient geothermal cooling system guarantees optimum results with much lower energy consumption.

The rack cabinets housing the servers are also equipped with an innovative cold air containment system to guarantee maximum energy efficiency and a comfortable working environment. Furthermore, the campus has independent electricity generators with enough fuel storage to supply electricity at full power for 48 hours without refueling. This allows sufficient time to replenish the supply under any conditions, guaranteeing autonomy in relation to the substantially unlimited power supply

How does it add value to clients?

The Global Cloud Data Center has been designed and built with the goal of exceeding market standards when it comes to reliability and performance, and be capable of meeting every demand, even in terms of future expansion. This means anything from an individual dedicated server to complex physical and cloud infrastructure solutions, via planning cages, data rooms and whole dedicated data centres, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, right through to the comprehensive outsourcing of an IT infrastructure. We can also add additional facilities such as multi-carrier connectivity and routing or hardware and software supplies; not to mention multi-purpose areas to fulfil the broadest range of logistical needs, including temporary office space, warehouses, rooms and workstations for use by clients.

The services available are aimed at large companies, public administration, IT operators and SMEs, authorities, systems integrators, telecoms companies and any businesses keen to expand, strengthen, optimize and enhance the flexibility of the IT services provided to their customers. Ultimately, this is a reliable, high-value service, high-performance data centre offering that future-proofs your investment as well as commits to the environment and eco-sustainability with structures that maximize resource efficiency without any waste.