The interview with Giorgio Girelli, by Aruba Enterprise

One year after the launch of the recovery plan at European level, which led to the PNRR in Italy, 01net carries out an investigation, based on a series of interviews with the main companies operating in Italy in the ICT on their strategy for digitalisation of the

We talk with them about four key themes of digital transformation: resilience, cybersecurity, cloud, environmental and social sustainability and the answers allow you to build the ICT reality participation map for the country’s growth in the digital sense.

And there is one more theme, the fifth: in a spirit of consultation, we ask that Italian entrepreneurs be given an extra idea, capable of producing immediate value in terms of efficiency and competitiveness.

For Aruba Enterprise, General Manager Giorgio Girelli responded.

A year after the Recovery Plan, where are we with the real transformation of the country: with what solutions, skills and services do you participate in the missions of the PNRR involving digital?

Aruba is driven by the same objectives as the PNRR: to aim for the digital modernisation of the infrastructure of the country, the Public Administration and its production system. What we notice through our observatory is that, one year after the recovery plan, digitalization is taking place more and more among Italian companies: according to a survey that we have just conducted, 61% of Italian companies believe that investments in Digital Transformation

With regard to solutions, we will continue to make available to companies that are approaching digital our twenty-year experience in data center management and all that portfolio of products and services that have been indispensable in the moment of emergency, and that are now becoming the new I am thinking, for example, of digital and remote signature solutions integrated into customer processes, increasingly pervasive use of JEP, cloud flexibility, and other services such as web hosting, domain registration, preservation and

With regard to skills, flexibility and customization, we can respond effectively to the complex challenges of companies engaged in the digitisation processes, allowing us to offer cutting-edge solutions, without losing sight of the need of customers. For us, for example, it is essential that the technologies underlying our solutions are interoperable with market standards, to avoid the risk of vendor lock-in and allow the development of multi-operator logics as business needs grow or change.

2021 was the year in which the theme of cybersecurity landed in all businesses. What concrete prospects did you give for 2022?

The security of our customers’ data is considered by Aruba as a priority area, especially during the design and management of our Data Centers and all the applications that underpin the services provided. In 2022 we intend to further increase organisational investment in separate areas on which we have already focused this year: the Information Security team that is responsible for ensuring the security of the company’s information assets with specific focus on organisational aspects and security governance processes, the An essential working group that also aims to define guidelines for the development and design of systems according to the approach

The key component of digital transformation is the cloud. What are the choices that Italian companies will have to make in 2022?

The concept of…cloud first is changing the world of business. We also found this through the latest Gartner study that 85% of organisations will have adopted this approach by 2025. In Italy, we are experiencing a strong acceleration in the adoption of cloud solutions, finding a good level of maturity for IaaS services and an increasing interest in SaaS and PaaS solutions. It is becoming increasingly clear how hybrid clouds can be considered a facilitator for companies’ entry into the cloud world, because this is an approach that allows them to effectively manage services that can be transferred to the cloud and those that need to remain on the cloud.

In 2022, therefore, it is easy to imagine how this migration process becomes increasingly massive. However, we still believe it is important to follow Italian companies in the migration to the cloud with modelable and customizable offers according to their individual business needs, especially with regard to the most complex and redesign-oriented projects of core business applications. Following businesses in this transition to the cloud also means making them more aware that their data will be outsourced and it will be essential for them to rely exclusively on reliable providers who can offer guarantees on data sovereignty policies according to the GDPR.

After the Cop26 it was understood that sustainability, both environmental and social, now affects not only all countries but also all companies. What is your strategy on these issues?

The process of cloud migration brings efficiency but at the same time puts cloud service providers in front of greater social responsibility. For this reason, sustainability and innovation are the key words that guide and represent Aruba in the path of digitalization and technological transformation in progress. This is an increasingly important entrepreneurial and organisational challenge for businesses and territories, which Aruba is passionately pursuing.

The Global Cloud Data Center Campus in Aruba in Ponte San Pietro, for example, is an innovative technological hub, a real sustainable city fueled 100% by renewable energy. An example of excellence of green by design infrastructure powered by the self-production of hydropower and photovoltaics and a water cooling system of very high efficiency. It is clean energy that we produce in greater quantity than the needs of our data centers.

Fortunately, more and more companies are teaming up in this challenge. Together with other important European providers, for example, we have agreed on a self-regulation initiative to make data centers in Europe climate-neutral by 2030. This is a historic commitment by the European cloud industry and data centers to proactively drive the transition to climate-neutral economy.

Not only that, together with 25 other international companies we have signed the European Green Digital Coalition, with the aim of investing in the development and dissemination of sustainable and efficient digital services and of implementing tools to measure the impact of technologies on the environment, thus joining forces to achieve a sustainable and

ICT idea of 2022

If you were to offer a single investment (product, solution, methodology) to an Italian company, a choice that could produce an immediate benefit in terms of efficiency and competitiveness, what would your advice be about?

To a company that is about to embrace the digital world we would recommend today to focus on cloud migration. The Cloud is a tool that allows you to simplify, save and be faster in managing your processes, and this is the maximum advantage for which the cloud is chosen by SMEs, large companies and Public Administration. This is a choice that can produce an immediate benefit, both for the advantages of agility, safety and scalability inherent in the solution, and because it allows in a short time to make a real contribution to the business processes and, at the same time, to convert the skills Thanks to the adoption of the cloud, the company can only deal with core processes, giving the provider every secondary activity (infrastructure, hardware management and system management).

But it is essential to turn to trusted providers who can support customers in an effective adoption of the cloud that is totally flexible, customizable and interoperable, thus avoiding any kind of lock-ins, as the digital ecosystem must be barrier-free and

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