Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, is adopting a hybrid cloud solution from IBM to improve their efficiency of designing, building and deploying new vessels – in response to the growing global demand for shipbuilding.
Faced with rapidly growing international demand for cruise as well as naval vessels, Fincantieri needed a modern and global IT infrastructure to manage its new Integrated Ship Design and Manufacturing system – which manages the process of designing, fabricating and deploying ships. This capital-intensive and time-sensitive process also required rapid provisioning capabilities, high elasticity and security.
With more than 50 cloud data centers worldwide – including one in Milan – and expertise in managing enterprise cloud services, IBM will provide Fincantieri with a hybrid cloud solutions to advance Fincantieri’s global growth goals.
“Fincantieri has always considered technological innovation of products and processes as a way of guaranteeing the company’s high standard of excellence,” said Gianluca Zanutto, CIO of Fincantieri. “When we needed to redesign our IT infrastructure for the future, we trusted IBM Cloud to deliver the highly secure and scalable solution we need to keep up with the sharp growth and complexity of the shipbuilding industry.”
Fincantieri selected IBM Cloud out of a crowded field of competitors to create its global hybrid cloud infrastructure. The hybrid cloud infrastructure connects 13 Fincantieri private distributed data centers with the IBM Cloud data center in Milan. The result is a hybrid cloud designed for high-availability, fault tolerance and secured enterprise service levels.
“IBM’s global network of cloud data centers enables Fincantieri to meet the growing demand of shipbuilding,” said Stefano Rebattoni, General Manager Global Technology Services, IBM Italy. “We will also help the company easily integrate other subsidiaries and new acquisitions as it continues to expand the company’s worldwide footprint. Fincantieri is leveraging IBM’s hybrid cloud model in an innovative manner to help its digital transformation and usher in a new era of scalability and flexibility, through a high-secure and reliable IT infrastructure”
Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), the Fincantieri Group has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With almost 19,000 employees, of whom more than 7,800 in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents, today Fincantieri is one of the leading Western shipbuilders. It has among its clients the major cruise operators, the Italian and the U.S. Navy, in addition to several foreign navies, and it is partner of some of the main European defense companies within supranational programs.