With a population of over 60.8 million, Italy is the #9 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, Interoute and Cogent Communications. Italy has 66 internet users per 100 and the connectivity ecosystem is made up of 114 colocation data centers, 158 cloud service providers and 7 network fabrics.
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 114 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 158 service providers.
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:
Top Data Center Operators
The top five data center operators in Italy are:
Top Service Providers
The top five cloud service providers in Italy are:
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.
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.
Italy’s communications industry is regulated by AGCOM (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni). Major players in the carrier space include:
While the top three service providers are:
There are numerous smaller providers as well.