The interview with Andrea Faeti, by Vertiv. 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 Vertiv, the Service Sales Director, Andrea Faeti, 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?

The National Recovery and Resilience Plan is, in my opinion, one of the most challenging economic recovery projects we have witnessed in recent years. Designed with the aim of relaunching Italy after the arrival of the pandemic, it must lead to a new green and digital development of the country. The fund of 191.5 billion (70 in grants and 121 in loans) that has been allocated to us could be an opportunity to further develop and implement digitisation.

In my opinion, the latter is one of the most important aspects of a country, which can directly affect its ability to compete in the international scene. Starting from this assumption, it is a priority to consider IT infrastructures, of which data centres are a key component, among the most strategic ones. Data centres shall store and process data necessary for the country’s operational continuity and shall be within national borders. For this reason, it is necessary that the Italian IT infrastructure be adapted, implementing a national Cloud System that secures sensitive data of citizens and businesses, modernising the digital infrastructures through which the services of the Public Administration are provided. Vertiv, with its expertise and strategic presence on the national territory, can make a key contribution to the modernisation of IT infrastructure, participating in the implementation of projects for the creation of an Italian cloud system based on high performance and high reliability data centers scattered all over The same kind of contribution to the modernisation and digitisation of the country may cover other priority areas such as those of health services and structures, where real-time availability of data, continuity of service and resilience of digital services, are critical aspects for the proper functioning of medical equipment and systems.

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

Following the arrival of the pandemic and the consequent fragmentation of the traditional perimeter of company security, many organizations have begun to pay more attention to the protection of their data and assets. Specifically, I believe that cybersecurity within companies will play a central role, influencing strategic plans and future investments. The approach required is undoubtedly holistic: it must consider aspects such as the physical safety of network devices, technical and logical safety through the implementation of products and solutions of prevention, control and reaction, and the formation of human capital to reduce the risks caused by what is often the ” In addition, it is necessary to modernise applications, secure data and rely on competent partners to offer a 360 degree view of the problem. For us at Vertiv this change in working modes translates into two words: edge computing. Work and distance learning require new levels of connectivity and, consequently, new computing tools. As these peripheral sites mature and become more sophisticated, customers turn to our channel partners not only for products, but for edge-ready skills and solutions. To facilitate partners in this process, Vertiv has identified models of edge infrastructure that apply to different vertical markets: education, health, manufacturing, retail, smart city and telecommunications. Our edge-ready integrated solutions include UPS, cooling systems, power distribution and remote monitoring software. Available in various configurations, they are specifically designed for IT edge applications and are pre-assembled in the factory. This allows for rapid implementation, optimal performance and greater efficiency as pre-designed as an all-in-one solution. These are more efficient and performing solutions, with a greater capacity to support the rapid growth of IT.

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

With the spread of AI, IoT, 5G and other data-intensive technologies, data centers are increasingly complex and will become even more complex in the future. The key to this approach is the easy access to IT resources outside the traditional proprietary data center and also through cloud solutions. To achieve this, it is necessary to have platforms that offer adequate guarantees in terms of performance, safety and reliability in any context. The new hybrid network architectures require solutions that can support any work experience through fast access to data and support for the most advanced technologies. To meet these needs, Vertiv launched the Avocent ADX Ecosystem in September of this year, which, in a single solution, allows unified management of a wide range of IT devices. The Vertiv ADX solution responds to the growing need in recent years to access remote systems with security and reliability by the operators of the new IT platforms, from the edge to the enterprise, the cloud and the colocation services. Vertiv is supporting these operational and scalability needs of solutions by offering the new Avocent ADX platform.

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?

Energy efficiency and sustainability are areas of incredibly important attention for us in Vertiv: we have invested more than 5% of the 2020 turnover in research and development with the aim of designing innovative solutions that are more efficient and sustainable. In September this year we joined the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA), becoming one of its main sponsors, with the aim of achieving important sustainability objectives alongside 65 other European and non-European organisations. Together we will continue to develop new concepts and technologies to implement data centers and zero impact digital infrastructure. Our membership with SDIA is the last of a series of commitments made by Vertiv on environmental, social and governance sustainability (ESG). In fact, we have recently released a series of high-efficiency products in the EMEA area such as the Liebert EXM2 Continuity Group (UPS), the low-impact refrigerant chiller (GWP In March 2021 Vertiv also announced that it supported the Norwegian colocator Green Mountain in the implementation of cutting-edge technologies to further increase the efficiency and sustainability of what was already one of the most ecological data centers in the world. Another recent case I like to mention is that of the Turin University for which we have created a data center for High Performance Computing (HPC) in which, thanks to the combination of three different cooling modes, we were able to guarantee our

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?

It is difficult to identify a single solution, considering that only this year about twenty products have been added within the global portfolio of Vertiv. Undoubtedly, to enable the new distributed edge computing architectures, we have paid special attention to integrated solutions and configurations, pre-assembled in the factory and designed specifically for the Edge IT. One example is the Vertiv VRC-S micro-data center, a very efficient and practical plug and play solution that can be integrated at the user’s premises quickly. The VRC-S micro-data center integrates high efficiency UPS, rack cooling, a backup ventilation system, the energy distribution system for IT resources and a pre-installed monitoring system that make the installation on site This is a new offer that is part of Vertiv’s constant innovation strategy, which, through continuous investments in research and development, intends to bring progressively more edge-ready micro data center solutions to the market.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like