With a population of over 60.8 million, Italy is the #11 globally ranked country on Cloudscene based on data center density. A GDP of US $1.82 trillion, the country’s top service providers include Colt Technology Services, GTT and Interoute. Italy has 66 internet users per 100 and the connectivity ecosystem is made up of 113 colocation data centers, 159 cloud service providers and 7 network fabrics.

Italy Overview

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Market Overview

Italy, located in Southern European and known as “the boot”, has a rich history. The country has played pivotal roles in the advancement of science from the rise of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance. It has the fourth largest population in the European Union. Italy has a population of over 60.8 million and an internet literacy rate of 66% (40.13 million million internet users).

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

The total GDP of the Italy is over US $1.82 trillion and with a contribution of 3.5% from the digital economy, Italy’s data center industry is thriving. Besides Italy’s data centers, the digital economy includes 20.236 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 92.52 million mobile telephone subscriptions.

Data Center Markets

Italy contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in Italy are:

Italy provides an important connection between Africa and Europe through submarine cables. There are 113 Italian data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located in and around Milan. Large carrier neutral Italian data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 159 service providers.

Italian Rankings

Cloudscene compares and ranks data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics in a given market by a range of different qualities including ecosystem size and network size.

Richest Data Center Ecosystems

The top five colocation facilities in Italy are:

  1. Milan
  2. Mix-It Data Center
  3. ML2
  4. Netscalibur Telehouse
  5. Caldera21

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in Italy are:

  1. Retelit
  2. BT
  3. Colt Technology Services
  4. Aruba SpA
  5. Seeweb

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in Italy are:

  1. Colt Technology Services
  2. GTT
  3. Interoute
  4. Cogent Communications
  5. BT

Energy Distribution

Energy is a significant issue for data centers and Italy has good coverage of the energy sector. Italy is energized by 33.9% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil fuels. This gives Italian colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.35 and 1.60. The average PUE for Italian data centers is 1.48. Italian colocation facilities provide over 109.19 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 7.00 kW to 7.00 kW.

Natural Disasters

Italy enjoys moderate safety from natural disasters with a risk score of 4.42% according to the Work Risk Index. The country does have active volcanoes with increasing frequency of ash plumes however the majority of data centers aren’t located anywhere near these risks. The main risks data centers in Italy face are tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.

Service Providers

Italy’s communications industry is regulated by AGCOM (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni). Major players in the carrier space include:

  • TIM
  • Vodafone
  • Wind
  • 3

While the top three service providers are:

There are numerous smaller providers as well.

Cloudscene Italian Facts

  • Total number of Italian data centers: 113
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 159
  • Total number of network fabrics: 7
  • Latest Italian data center added: Carini
  • Latest Italian data centers service provider: Open Hub Med
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in Italy: 17

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