Intelligent Data Centres Issue 47 - Page 9

Aruba S . p . A receives € 500 million in funding for Ponte San Pietro campus

NEWS ruba S . p . A , one of Italy ’ s leading providers of data centre , web

A hosting , email , PEC and domain registration services , has announced a major expansion of its Global Cloud Data Centre ( GCDC ) campus following a € 500 million investment .

The IT3 technology campus in Ponte San Pietro – already one of Italy ’ s largest data centre campuses spanning 200,000m ² – is now also home to two further ‘ future-proof ’ data centres and a large ultra-technological event space , the Aruba Auditorium .
The first of the new data centres has an area of more than 17,000m ² and 9MW of power , spread over three large data rooms , with independent infrastructure dedicated to each room .
The second is a multi-storey data centre with eight data rooms placed on two levels , a full-scale power of 8MW and a total area of almost 14,000m ².
The Aruba Auditorium , a large and ultramodern gathering space for holding events that provides a total area of 1,500m ² and a seating capacity of about 400 , will be capable of hosting multiple , multi-sensory events simultaneously .
The new latest generation data centres are the result of Aruba ' s long experience in the development , design , construction and management of high-tech infrastructures and have become a reference point for digitisation in Italy in terms of IT infrastructures and cement GCDC ’ s position as an asset in the broader path of national transformation and innovation . The proprietary data centres store the data of millions of Italian and international citizens and companies and will create important skilled jobs in the area .

Node4 upgrades data centre to deliver Azure Hybrid Cloud across UK

ode4 has announced the expansion of its countrywide Managed Azure Hybrid Cloud solution . Launched

N in February 2022 , the service was initially accessed via the company ’ s Northampton data centre ( serving the UK central region ), but increased demand from northern businesses prompted Node4 to upgrade its Leeds data centre ( serving the UK north region ) and deliver the service in closer proximity to customers . The upgrade will also provide additional UK-wide capacity and regional diversity to Node4 ’ s infrastructure .

The origins of this increased customer demand are highlighted in Node4 ’ s Future of Hybrid Cloud report . Carried out among businesses using AWS , Azure and GCP , the survey found that over 50 % of companies would adopt hybrid cloud to support applications that didn ’ t traditionally suit public cloud infrastructure – often due to precise performance or data sovereignty needs . However , more than a third of respondents across the region were deterred from doing so by the complexity of integrating multiple platforms themselves .
These findings underscore the complexity , compliance , latency and legacy technology challenges businesses face when migrating to a hybrid IT environment . They also demonstrate the need for an offering that can simplify hybrid cloud adoption , such as Node4 ’ s Managed Azure Hybrid Cloud solution .
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