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Open Hub Med: The Data Center of the Consortium for Data Traffic in the Mediterranean is Live

26 April 2017News & Events

The time has come! The data center of Open Hub Med, the consortium-technological pole created to make Italy the bridge between the Internet networks of Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe was officially activated on April 20. Simultaneously, one of the first members of the consortium, Interoute, has already activated its transmission systems present at the site, and is ready to receive requests for connectivity. Pending activation with their infrastructure solutions are Fastweb and Retelit, with other consortium members to follow.

Hosted in the research area of Italtel in Carini (Palermo), the 1,000-square-meter OHM data center is designed with the most advanced technology systems that guarantee continuity of service, scalability of internal infrastructure, and electrical power supply. Thanks to the modularity of its pre-cabled fiber optic and electric systems, the data center is characterized by the ease with which its clients can install their equipment in racks or take advantage of those provided by OHM, both quickly and affordably. Today, the hub is the first neutral, carrier-independent site in the South Mediterranean to house the technology equipment of operators, OTTs, enterprises and public administration, and is the result of the will of its founding members who have given life to the consortium: Eolo, Equinix Italia, Fastweb, In-Site, Interoute, Italtel, MIX (Milan Internet Exchange), Retelit, SUPERNAP Italia, VueTel Italia and XMED. Valeria Rossi, President of Open Hub Med, did not hide her satisfaction for the data center activation: “This is another step forward in the realization of a project among the most innovative and ambitious in our country. The OHM consortium today boasts the most renowned names in Italian networking. Thanks to the contributions of everyone in terms of expertise, vision and capabilities, OHM has been able to reach this goal. In other words, a true consortium approach that has materialized with the activation of the data center in Carini, the neutral heart of the Hub, whose first phase has been completed with the addition of the infrastructure of the major Landing stations.” The goal is to become the Mediterranean’s center of aggregation and traffic development coming from the South and East, step-by-step. “The activation of the data center,” continued Valeria Rossi, “is a fundamental step. Today we’re ready to welcome into OHM network terminals, CDNs, content providers, cloud providers, digital media providers and all those who would benefit from having an available infrastructure in a strategic location, at both the national and international level.”
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