Cloud and operator independent data center colocation provider, Digital Realty, revealed its expansion into Italy with a new acquisition and development in Rome. This move aims to consolidate Digital Realty’s position as the predominant digital infrastructure provider across the Mediterranean, leveraging its presence in key locations such as Athens, Marseille and Zagreb, and complementing other ongoing developments. in areas like Barcelona, Tel Aviv and Crete.
The Mediterranean, connecting three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia – has recently become a strategic crossroads for digital exchanges, said Digital real estate. It would turn into a global nexus for submarine cable systems, offering world-class digital traffic exchanges. The addition of Rome to this digital network would underline its growing importance, especially given its stature as one of the most populous cities in the EU and Italy’s economic powerhouse in terms of GDP.
Additionally, Rome’s geographic advantage strengthens Italy’s resilience in international and domestic network frameworks, Digital Realty added. The city’s evolution into an epicenter of global connectivity would not only bring it in line with Milan, but also reinforce its importance in the digital landscape of the Mediterranean.
Under a shared vision with Rome’s internet exchange, NAMEX, Digital Realty aims to transform Rome into an unparalleled hub of global interconnection. Maurizio Goretti, CEO of NAMEXcommented on this partnership, “Digital real estateThe proven talent of nurturing solidly connected and carrier-neutral digital ecosystems is in line with our ambitions for Rome. This collaboration is a crucial step towards realizing this vision.
Terrestrial and submarine networks
With the first colocation data center, ROM1, classified as a level four facility by the Uptime Institute, construction is expected to start by the end of 2023. Strategically positioned just 15 kilometers from the coastline, the sprawling 22-hectare site is ready to start. be a pivotal moment for the upcoming mooring of the submarine cables in Rome.
Jan-Pieter Anten, Digital Realty Group Managing Director for EMEA, shared: “This first venture in Rome is emblematic of our integrated Mediterranean project and reaffirms our dominant presence here. Our global data center colocation platform, PlatformDIGITAL, is enjoying substantial momentum, reinforcing our commitment to our customers and the global data community.
Echoing this feeling, Alessandro Talotta, Digital real estateManaging Director in Italyexpressed: “RomeThe carrier-neutral hub is intended to catalyze the digital metamorphosis of regional and international businesses. Our state-of-the-art infrastructure, seamlessly connected to terrestrial and submarine networks, is ready to serve our customers with unparalleled advantages.