Aruba, a large provider of data center services, cloud hosting, web hosting, email, certified email (PEC) and domain registration services, has announced the construction of its new ‘hyper cloud’ data center in Rome. The launch of its fourth Italian data center – and the ninth for the whole European network – will complete Aruba’s project to create a modern ecological network of data centers in Italy. 

The new data center will be built in the Tecnopolo Tiburtino area in Rome and is expected to be completed by Spring 2020. It will be similar to the one Aruba opened last year in Milan. Already in the planning stages, the project for the new data center will receive an investment of around 300 million euros over the course of five years.

This will be Aruba’s fourth data center in Italy, alongside two in Arezzo (IT1 and IT2) in the central part of Italy and the Global Cloud Data Center (IT3) in the North, close to Milan. The four sites are part of a larger network spread across Europe and include Italy, Germany, France, the UK, the Czech Republic, and Poland.

ANSI/TIA 942-A Standard

“Our goal has always been to respond to our customers’ requirements, and we have already done this by creating the Global Cloud Data Center near Milan, in order to meet the needs of customers which want to address Italian and European markets using our DCs to host their services,” said Stefano Cecconi, CEO of Aruba S.p.A. “We now want to do the same with the Rome Data Center in response to the demands of the international corporations looking to have their base in Italy. It’s an essential part of the development of our European and national network of data centers.”

The new IT4 data center will cover a surface area of 74,000 square meters and is designed to comply with the highest standards in terms of resilience and infrastructure quality. When complete, along with IT1 and IT3, it would be given rating 4 certification in accordance with the ANSI/TIA 942-A standard, as well as being connected to the main Internet backbone. It would also boast multiple interconnections with both the Arezzo campus and global cloud data centers.

Main features of Aruba’s new ‘hyper cloud’ data center in Rome:

  • Surface area of 74,000m² – fully owned, with 52,000m² dedicated to the data center, more than 30,000m² of which will be data rooms
  • Up to 66 MW power – from 100% renewable energy sources
  • Completely ecological – thanks to the use of renewable energy, certified by the European Guarantee of Origin scheme (GO Certification), added to which is the fact that it produces its own photovoltaic energy and uses cooling systems with optimized efficiency (free-cooling)
  • Backbone connections – to the IT3 data center in Ponte San Pietro (BG)/Milan and the IT1 and IT2 data centers in Arezzo, plus external Internet connections to the North and South
  • Maximum levels of logical and physical security – with access control and multiple security perimeters
  • Certifications – planned and managed to comply with the following requirements: ANSI/TIA 942-A Rating 4, ISO 9001, 27001, 14001 and 50001
  • Carrier-neutral data center – with managed connectivity services, redundant fiber connections, and dedicated transport services
  • Careers – Plans for approximately 200 new jobs
  • Office and warehouse areasavailable to clients
  • Easily accessible location – from Fiumicino (FCO) and Ciampino (CIA) international airports as well as the main railway stations: Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina served by highspeed trains.