Global Cloud Data Center IT3, Italy

Surface area:

17,500 m²


Over 165,000 physical servers.

Tier 4*/Rating 4:

The data center has been built according to Tier 4*/Rating 4 redundancy criteria, the highest data center certification standards.

Power supply:

15 Megawatts of electricity available to the servers, completely redundant thanks to two separate Power Centers. Each Power Center has the capacity to supply all 10 data rooms in the data center, even at full load, and is equipped with double conversion UPS systems with extremely high energy efficiency (2N + 1 redundancy).

Redundancy of Power Centers also for devices with a single power supply:

Aruba only uses servers and equipment with a dual power supply for its services. For the output from every single Power Center there are STS (Static Transfer Switch) devices capable of guaranteeing power supply continuity also for the servers and equipment that do not have a dual power supply.

Separate buildings for the electrical power system and for the batteries for the UPS systems:

To guarantee maximum security for the data rooms, the power systems and the batteries used for the UPS systems are located in separate buildings, away from the data center location and from each another.

Redundant generators with more than 48-hour full-load autonomy:

The Data Center has independent electricity generators with enough fuel storage to supply electricity at full power for 48 hours without refueling. This allows sufficient time to replenish the supply under any conditions, guaranteeing autonomy in relation to the substantially unlimited power supply.

Green data center:

A great deal of care has been taken to optimize the data center in terms of energy saving.

The Global Cloud Data Center Campus also includes a large photovoltaic system and a hydroelectric unit. The entire air-conditioning system for the data rooms is extremely energy efficient, thanks to the system that makes use of the cold water found underground.

The rack cabinets housing the servers are equipped with an innovative cold air containment system to guarantee maximum energy efficiency and a comfortable working environment.

Thanks to all these factors, the data center has achieved compliance with the 2023 Best Practice Guidelines for the EU Code of Conduct on Data Centre Energy Efficiency.

Redundant air-conditioning system, with UPS:

The air-conditioning system for the data rooms and technological systems is made up of multiple redundant modules to ensure that it remains operational even in the event of several simultaneous failures. The whole system is protected by battery-operated UPS and electricity generators, to prevent any interruptions.

100 Gb/s bandwidth:

In terms of connectivity, the data center IT3 can rely on an ultra-redundant bandwidth of more than 100 Gb/s. The main carriers reach the Global Cloud Data Center Campus from 4 entry points corresponding to the 4 cardinal points.

The campus is also connected to the Milan Internet eXchange (MIX), the main exchange point (NAP) in Italy, via a double dark fiber system.

Advanced networking:

Each rack cabinet has multiple redundant connections to the star center made up of fiber optics capable of transmitting up to 100 Gb/s and category 7A copper data cables capable of transmitting up to 10 Gb/s. The core networking equipment is Cisco Nexus 7000, the most advanced equipment currently available on the market.

Physical security:

The data center is equipped with automatic fire detection and inert gas extinguishing systems, which are harmless to humans and IT systems. It is also fitted with a flood detection system.

The site is also equipped with armoured doors and windows, anti-climb barriers on the perimeter fence, an anti-intrusion alarm system on every rack row in the data rooms, connected to the access control system with two-factor authentication.

There is also a CCTV system consisting of over 250 cameras. There are 6 access levels within the data center, with 7 security perimeters.

Monitoring 24 hours a day:

The data center is monitored by the Network Operations Center (NOC) and the Security Operation Center (SOC) 24/7. An advanced and comprehensive BMS (Building Management System) monitors and manages both locally and remotely all the systems and all the environmental parameters within the data center, with real-time alerts in the event of any failure.

ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certified:

The data center has been awarded ISO 9001 certification for quality, ISO 27001 certification for security, ISO 14001 certification for environmental management and ISO 50001 certification for its energy management system.

ISO/IEC 27017, ISO/IEC 27018 and ISO/IEC 27035 declaration of conformity:

The data center has Cloud security controls in compliance with ISO/IEC 27017, management of personal data on the Cloud in compliance with ISO/IEC 2018, and management of security incidents and events in compliance with ISO/IEC 27035.

* The term 'Tier' was used for the ANSI/TIA-942 standard until the March 2014 version. In the March 2014 version, the term 'Tier' was replaced by 'Rating'.