With an impressive investment of over €300 million, the next-generation SUPERNAP data center, which is being built in Italy, in Siziano (Pavia), near Milan, aims to support the Italian industry in developing its business and service models in line with the digital revolution. The SUPERNAP data center positions Italy to play a key role in the development of a digital economy in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean basin.
- First data center of this type in Europe
- 42,000-sqm facility in a wide area of 100,000 sqm
- Uptime Institute certified Tier IV Gold data center
The project is the first part of a broad expansion strategy by SUPERNAP International, which aims to bring strong innovation to the construction and use of data centers throughout the world
MILAN, 6 October 2015 – SUPERNAP International is a partnership between Switch SUPERNAP and ACDC Fund, a fund whose two limited partners are Orascom TMT Investments and Accelero Capital. It is the result of the combination of success stories in the international telecommunications and digital media industry, the ability to innovate and the development of cutting-edge proprietary data center technologies to meet global demand for innovation.
SUPERNAP International holds the exclusive rights to design and build SUPERNAP data centers outside the United States, with the precise aim of bringing breakthrough innovation to the construction and use of data centers throughout the world. SUPERNAP will meet the new needs generated by the ongoing digitalization creating a revolutionary environment.
Italy has been chosen to host the first data center of this type in Europe, which will be a purpose built and market leading facility.
With a total investment of over €300 million, the SUPERNAP Italia data center has commenced construction. It will be located in Siziano (Pavia), near Milan, the beating heart of Italy’s economic and industrial fabric: a highly strategic position at both the domestic and international level. This strategic location allows SUPERNAP Italia to take advantage of the excellent telecommunications infrastructure, complementing the existing colocation and telehouse facilities, rendering it more resilient at a national level. In addition, it will benefit from its proximity to major highways and the main national and international airports. The SUPERNAP Italia data center aims to play a key role in the development of Europe’s digital economy by positioning itself among the key players at the international level by virtue of its central position in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean area.
Located in a wide area of 100,000 sqm, It will be the largest in Italy and the most advanced data center in Europe. With an area of 42,000 sqm it has been designed based on the state-of-the-art, multi-tenant, TIER IV-Rated SUPERNAP data center in Las Vegas, which meets the standard requirements of the following three certifications: "TIER IV Facility", "Tier IV Design" and "TIER IV Gold Operations" from the Uptime Institute. This will be the first data center of its kind to be built in Europe. It will have a power of 40MW distributed input sources from two transmission paths of 132kV, four data halls providing a total of 19.2MW IT load supported by a TRI-Redundant UPS power system, providing 100% availability.
Rob Roy, Switch SUPERNAP Founder and CEO, said: “The formation of SUPERNAP International will help further drive our client initiatives worldwide by providing enhanced accessibility to SUPERNAP ecosystems. Accelero and OTMTI have a successful track record globally of strategic investments and operational management in telecommunications and digital media and are the partners to help make this happen. We are confident that our combined experiences will enable SUPERNAP International to provide world-class products through innovation, expansion and superior customer service”.
Naguib Sawiris, Chairman of Orascom TMT Investments, stated: “I have always believed in Italy’s potential and invested in its development. This new project is part of an important process of developing the country’s infrastructure, which I am pleased to be able to support, out of an awareness of the increasingly central, strategic role played by data centers. I believe that SUPERNAP Italia may rightly be regarded as a privileged gateway to the future for all companies, and a concrete, premium-quality response to their innovation needs”.
Khaled Bichara, President and CEO of SUPERNAP International added: “We are pleased to begin the development of our model starting from Italy. Our project is based on a very precise mission: using redundant systems and smart design to respond to the businesses’ needs to cover multiple geographical areas, and thus to circulate considerable amounts of data between countries. To achieve this goal, we will adopt the approach in which we believe most strongly: striking partnerships with local leaders, like-minded visionaries and other companies with a local presence. This model offers an unparalleled advantage of generating immediate, significant benefits for the economies of the countries of operation, in addition to supporting the business development of an entire industrial ecosystem”.
About Switch SUPERNAP
Switch SUPERNAP is the world's leader in data center ecosystem design, development and mission critical operations, providing unrivaled independent solutions for colocation, connectivity, cloud and collaboration ecosystems. Switch SUPERNAP represents innovation, security and reliability for more than 1,000 global clients, from sophisticated startups to Fortune 100 powerhouses. Rob Roy, CEO and founder of Switch SUPERNAP, is the technology inventor and designer of the SUPERNAPS. Rob Roy’s 218 patented and patent pending claims on data center systems, designs and related industry technologies have changed the world's technology landscape. For more information about SUPERNAP visit: www.supernap.com.
About Accelero Capital
Accelero is an investment and management group focused on telecommunications, digital media and technology, but rapidly diversifying into other fields. Accelero`s team has an unparalleled track record in strategic, operational and financial management. Accelero was established by former Orascom Telecom, Wind Telecom and VimpelCom top executives. The Accelero team leverages its expertise and sector know-how to identify high-growth assets and assets with turnaround potential.
About Orascom TMT Investments
Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l. ("OTMTI", formerly Weather Investments II S.à r.l.) is a company incorporated under the laws of Luxembourg. OTMTI is an experienced investor and strategic shareholder in telecommunications and technology companies. OTMTI is the majority shareholder of Orascom Telecom Media & Technology S.A.E. ("OTMT"), a company listed on the Egyptian and London stock exchanges and indirectly owns the entire share capital of Italiaonline, Matrix S.p.A., ITnet S.r.l. and WIS Telecom S.p.A. OTMTI also owns other telecom, digital media and technology assets in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. www.otmtinvestments.com
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