Amazon Web Services to Open Data Centers in Italy

New AWS Infrastructure Region will arrive in early 2020, enabling
customers to run workloads and store data in Italy and serve end-users
with even lower latency

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN),

today announced it will open an infrastructure region in Italy in early

2020. The AWS Europe (Milan) Region will comprise of three Availability

Zones and will be AWS’s sixth region in Europe, joining existing regions

in France, Germany, Ireland, the UK, and Sweden (launching in late

2018). Currently, AWS provides 57 Availability Zones across 19

geographic regions globally, with another 12 Availability Zones across

four regions coming online between the end of 2018 and the first half of

2020 in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, South Africa, and Sweden. For more

information on AWS’s global infrastructure, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/ .

Amazon Web Services to Open Data Centers in Italy
Amazon Web Services to Open Data Centers in Italy

“For thousands of years, Italians have been the architects of some of

the most innovative and ground-breaking technical and artistic feats,”

said Andy Jassy, Chief Executive Officer, Amazon Web Services. “We’ve

been amazed with how Italian companies have invented on top of AWS thus

far, but believe an AWS Region in Italy makes it even easier for Italian

companies and government organizations to reinvent and evolve customer

and citizen experiences for many decades to come.”

The addition of the AWS Europe (Milan) Region will enable organizations

to provide lower latency to end users in Italy. Local AWS customers with

data residency requirements will be able to store their content in the

country, with the assurance that they retain complete control over the

location of their data, while customers building applications that

comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have

access to another secure AWS infrastructure region in the European Union

(EU) that meets the highest levels of security, compliance, and data

protection. Additionally, Italian organizations from startups to

enterprise and the public sector will have infrastructure in their

country to leverage advanced technologies such as analytics, artificial

Intelligence, database, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning,

mobile services, serverless, and more to drive innovation.

Customers and APN Partners welcome the news of the AWS Europe (Milan)
Region

Millions of active customers are using AWS each month in over 190

countries around the world, including hundreds of thousands customers in

Europe, and many in Italy. Organizations moving their mission-critical

workloads to AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, and speed

time-to-market, include Italian enterprise customers such as Decysion,

Docebo, Eataly, Edizioni Conde Nast, ENEL, Ferrero, GEDI Gruppo

Editoriale, Imperia & Monferrina, Lamborghini, Mediaset, Navionics,

Pirelli, Pixartprinting, SEAT Pagine Gialle, Tagetik Software, and

Vodafone Italy. Hot startups such as Beintoo, brumbrum, DoveConviene,

Ennova, FattureinCloud, Musement, Musixmatch, Prima Assicurazioni,

Satispay, SixthContinent, Spreaker, and Wyscout have built their

businesses on top of AWS, enabling them to scale rapidly and expand

their geographic reach in minutes. In the Italian public sector,

organizations using AWS to transform the services they deliver to the

citizens of the country include A2A Smart City, City of Cagliari, Corte

dei Conti, Istituto Centrale per i Beni Sonori ed Audiovisivi, Madisoft,

National Institute for Astrophysics, National Institute of Molecular

Genetics, Pegaso Online University, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico

Torino, Regione Autonoma Sardegna, UniNettuno, and Università degli

Studi di Cagliari.

ENEL, one of the leading utility providers in the world, is using AWS

cloud technology to support a full digital transformation program inside

their organization and to provide a better service to their energy

customers around the world. Carlo Bozzoli, Global Chief Information

Officer at ENEL, said of the new AWS Europe (Milan) Region, “We welcome

the news of an AWS Region coming to Italy. In 2015, we embarked on a

digital transformation journey to completely overhaul how we operate as

an organization. Once we selected AWS as our cloud provider, we migrated

workloads from over 10,000 on-premises servers onto AWS and at the end

of this year we will be 100 percent in the cloud. Moving to AWS has

reduced the time to provision resources from weeks to days, which has

allowed us to speed up innovation, while significantly driving down

costs.”

Another of Italy’s leading enterprises using AWS to support innovation

is Pirelli, one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers. Pirelli

leverages AWS to increase driver safety and car efficiency by building

applications such as Cyber Car and Cyber Fleet, which takes data from

sensors embedded in tires and presents it on drivers’ mobile devices.

This is designed to improve car maintenance and performance as well as

reduce vehicle downtime and CO2 emissions. “AWS is a critical component

of our innovation strategy so having a region in Italy will only

accelerate our innovation and transform our business,” said Daniele

Benedetti, Head of ICT Architectures and Innovation. “The plethora of

services available on AWS enables us to build highly reliable, scalable,

and secure applications, such as Cyber Car and Cyber Fleet, available

across the globe, in record time. To further accelerate our innovation,

we placed AWS Serverless technologies, such as AWS Lambda, Amazon

Aurora, and Amazon DynamoDB, as well as DevOps best practices at the

heart of our development processes, dramatically improving time to

market for new features for customers. We can now configure runtime

environments in just days instead of weeks and can deploy new

micro-services and features in just tens of minutes, instead of several

days. This agility is critical to better meet our customer’s

expectations and only AWS was able to provide us with this level of

scalability and flexibility.”

GEDI Gruppo Editoriale publishes some of the largest circulation

newspapers in Italy, including La Repubblica and La Stampa. “For

millions of Italians, we are their trusted source of news so knowing we

will soon have reliable AWS infrastructure in Italy is invaluable for

us,” said Luigi Lobello, CTO of Gruppo Editoriale. “Using AWS has

allowed us to scale up and down whenever our news cycles require it,

meaning we can deliver the news to our readers when they need it most. A

good example was around the Italian General Elections on March 4, 2018

where we saw the highest peak of traffic ever for Repubblica.it. On that

day we had over 80 million pageviews and 18.8 million visits. Instead of

spending all our resources on making sure the website was available, we

provided our readers with continuous special election-day coverage with

real-time data of elections results. For us to do this on-premises we

would have needed hundreds of servers in a datacenter the size of San

Siro stadium football pitch, which would have sat around idle until the

next peak. Instead, we were able to do this with just 190 Amazon EC2

instances.”

Public sector customers throughout Italy entrusting AWS with

mission-critical workloads include The City of Cagliari, the

administrative center of Sardinia, which used AWS to support municipal

elections in 2017. Piero Orofino, Technology and Innovation Officer for

the City of Cagliari said of the news, “AWS has always been a trusted

partner for the City of Cagliari so we welcome the news they will bring

an infrastructure region to Italy. Using the AWS cloud has enabled us to

reliably and securely support our constituents in their democratic

voting duties. Before the 2017 election, we experienced challenges

supporting the web traffic after polling stations closed, as the website

tracking electronic results wasn’t able to cope with demand. Working

with AWS, we developed a solution based on AWS Lambda and deployed it

from scratch within 20 days of the election – supporting over 7 million

requests, more than 200 per second – all for a total cost of €125. To

deliver this project, in this short time, at this low cost would have

been impossible if we did it ourselves.”

Italian academic and research institutes are also using AWS to lower

operating costs and accelerate scientific research. The National

Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) conducts research in astronomy and

astrophysics, ranging from the study of planets and minor bodies of the

Solar System, to the large-scale structure of the universe, and uses AWS

for its High Performance Computing (HPC) needs in its search of complex

lifeforms outside of Earth. “Knowing we will soon have an AWS Region in

Italy is a great opportunity for the Italian scientific community,” said

Dr. Filippo Maria Zerbi, Scientific Director of INAF. “Our researchers

turned to AWS for a large project to detect the presence of complex life

outside of Earth and to complete a census of Earth-like planets that

could sustain life. This project requires very large amounts of

computational power, needing millions of GPU per hours of analysis, and

the ability to store hundreds of terabytes of data collected by the ESO

Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Running this type of workload

on-premises would be cost prohibitive, especially since we don’t require

this computational power every day. Thanks to AWS our researchers were

able to perform this research with minimal costs and were able to

provision the resources in five minutes, as opposed to several weeks

previously, helping us in our quest to answer the question ‘Are we alone

in the universe?’”

Startups using AWS to rapidly scale include Musixmatch, a Bologna-based

business that has quickly become the world’s largest lyrics catalogue,

with more than 50 million users and serving 80 percent of the worldwide

music streaming market. Musixmatch is all-in on AWS and leverages AWS’s

global footprint to serve users around the world. “I am looking forward

to the wave of innovation and entrepreneurship that the new AWS Region

will unleash across Italy,” said Max Ciociola, CEO and co-founder of

Musixmatch. “When we founded Musixmatch in 2010 we knew we had to work

with technology that would allow us to rapidly scale, and most

importantly, would enable us to constantly innovate. AWS was the obvious

choice and today, thanks to the vast offering of services, we are

leveraging technologies that we would have only been able to dream about

before, such as Amazon SageMaker for Machine Learning. In just three

days, we started using Amazon SageMaker to train models to analyse the

language of songs and identify the mood and emotion of the lyrics, such

as happiness, sadness, excitement, or others. This allowed us to build

our own Music AI platform and revolutionize how our users find new music

based on the emotions and mood of the lyrics of songs, instead of

traditional suggestions based on simple audio genres.”

Italian startups in the regulated financial services industry are also

using AWS to increase agility and meet compliance needs as they grow

their businesses. Since launching in 2015, Satispay, has been disrupting

the mobile payment landscape, allowing users to securely send money or

pay using a smartphone app. The service relies on International Bank

Account Numbers (IBANs) and removes all the intermediaries normally

involved during a payment process, such as banks and credit or debit

card networks, and instead directly connects consumers’ and merchants’

bank accounts. Satispay is all-in on AWS and benefits from AWS’s

compliance accreditations and certifications, many of which are required

to operate in the financial services industry. “An AWS Region in Italy

is great news as it opens up endless opportunities for regulated

financial services organizations in the country,” said Alberto Dalmasso,

CEO & Co-Founder of Satispay. “When we realized we could use AWS and

still be compliant with regulatory requirements, we migrated from our

previous data center to the cloud immediately to enable faster

development processes and to rely on a scalable infrastructure that can

sustain our international expansion. Adopting DevOps and continuous

development best practices, we went from one deployment per week to 16

deployments per day, giving us the freedom and flexibility to develop

new features for our customers and innovate on their behalf. The global

nature of the AWS cloud also allows us to meet legislation in whatever

country we operate, such as the requirements of the Financial Conduct

Authority in the United Kingdom. This ability to grow and iterate while

still meeting local compliance requirements is a key advantage for us.”

Italian-based

AWS

(APN) Partners also welcomed the arrival of the AWS

Europe (Milan) Region. The APN includes tens of thousands of Independent

Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (SIs) around the world.

APN Partners build innovative solutions and services on AWS and the APN

helps by providing business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market

support. APN SIs working in Italy such as Accenture, BeSharp, Capgemini,

Claranet, CloudReach, Deloitte, DXC, NTT Data, Sopra Steria, Storm

Reply, Techedge, XPeppers and Zero12 help enterprise and public sector

customers migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications, and

provide a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services

for customers’ AWS environments. ISVs in Italy already using AWS to

deliver their software to customers around the world include Avantune,

Docebo, Doxee, Tagetik Software, and TeamSystem.

Investing in Italy’s Future

The new AWS Europe (Milan) Region continues AWS’s investment in Italy.

As the number of Italian customers has grown, so has the size of AWS’s

presence in the country. In 2012, AWS launched an infrastructure Point

of Presence (PoP) in Milan, which now delivers Amazon CloudFront, Amazon

Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF services to the country. This was

followed in 2017 with a second PoP location in Palermo. In 2016, AWS

acquired Asti-based NICE Software, a leading provider of software and

services for high performance and technical computing. AWS also

continues to build teams of account managers, solutions architects,

business developers, partner managers, professional services

consultants, technology evangelists, and start-up community developers

in offices in Milan and Rome to help customers of all sizes move to AWS.

AWS is continuing to invest in the upskilling of local developers,

students, and the next generation of IT leaders in Italy with a number

of programs. For Italian students, the

AWS

provides access to AWS services and content designed

to build knowledge and skills in cloud computing. Dozens of Italian

universities and business schools already participating in the program

include Politecnico di Milano, Università di Bologna, Università di

Bolzano, Università degli Studi di Milano, Università di Napoli

Parthenope, Università La Sapienza di Roma, Università di Roma Tor

Vergata, and Università di Salerno. Another program for higher education

institutes is

AWS

, which provides AWS-authorized courses for students to

acquire in-demand cloud computing skills. In Italy, major institutions

taking part include Politecnico di Bari and Università La Sapienza di

Roma. AWS also offers a

full

programs to help those

interested in the latest cloud computing technologies, best practices,

and architectures to advance their technical skills and further support

Italian organizations in their digital transformation.

To help grow the next generation of Italian enterprises, AWS supports

startups in cities across Italy, and in 2013, launched AWS Activate.

This program gives startups access to guidance and one-on-one time with

AWS experts as well as web-based training, self-paced labs, customer

support, third-party offers, and up to $100,000 in AWS service credits –

all at no charge. This is in addition to the work that AWS already does

with the Venture Capital community, startup accelerators, and incubators

to help startups grow in the cloud. In Italy, AWS works with accelerator

organizations such as H-Farm, Nana Bianca & PoliHub, and VC firms like

United Ventures and P101 in order to support the rapid growth of their

portfolio companies.

Customers and partners looking to learn more about AWS in Italy should

visit: https://aws.amazon.com/it/ .

About Amazon Web Services

For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most

comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125

fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking,

analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet

of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality

(VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and

management from 57 Availability Zones (AZs) within 19 geographic regions

around the world, spanning the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China,

France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK.

AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the

world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and

leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them

more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com .

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