Amazon.com Internet Providers to Open Up Information Centers in Italy


SEATTLE–()–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/.

“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
Partner Network
(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
Educate program
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
Academy
, 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
range of training and certification
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/.

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