Italy on Cloudscene
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With a population of over 62.4 million, Italy is the #10 globally-ranked country on Cloudscene based on data center density. Italy has a GDP of US $1.82 trillion, and the country’s top service providers include Colt Technology Services, GTT Communications and BT. Italy has 66 internet users per 100 citizens, while its connectivity ecosystem is made up of 121 colocation data centers, 172 cloud service providers and 7 network fabrics.

Market Overview

Located in Southern Europe and also known as “the boot”, Italy 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. Home to over 62.40 million people, Italy has the fourth largest population in the European Union, and has an internet literacy rate of 61.3% (38.03 million internet users).

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

The total GDP of 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 20.40 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and over 83.34 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 125 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 445 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 Caldera DC1/DC2
  3. ML2
  4. Caldera21
  5. Milan

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in Italy are:

  1. Retelit
  2. BT
  3. GTT Communications
  4. Colt Technology Services
  5. Irideos

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in Italy are:

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

Energy Distribution

Italy has good coverage of the energy sector, which is an important attribute for any data center market. The nation is energized by 46% 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, with the average PUE for Italian data centers sitting at 1.48. Italy's colocation facilities provide over 207.99 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 7.00 kW to 7.00 kW.

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: 125
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 445
  • Total number of network fabrics: 9
  • Latest Italian data center added: Perugia
  • Latest Italian data centers service provider: Applico Digital Lab
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in Italy: 21