Cloud provider Enter has expanded its data centre footprint to help give businesses further connectivity options.
The Italian firm has built a second site in Milan, attached to its existing facility there. The new neutral interconnection facility is intended to give customers access to various carriers and content providers through its ‘Meet-Me Room.’
With redundant power distribution and five days of backup power from a generator, the two sites are designed to give a reliable environment for telecom colocation.
Thanks to a large metro dark fibre network, customers at the new Milan site will have the option of gaining access to hundreds of networks that sit within the campus, as well as connecting to local network providers and remote facilities in the surrounding area.
Through partnerships Enter has established, the Italian cities of Palermo and Bari also provide access to two submarine cables connecting Europe with Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
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“We expanded our neutral interconnection facility to provide customers with cost-effective, reliable interconnection opportunities. Located in one of Italy’s key connectivity and fibre hubs, our Milan Caldera data centres offer a strategic and cost-effective alternative to Frankfurt and Marseille,” said Milko Ilari, head of international business & strategy at Enter.
“In addition to serving as a bridge for operators looking to expand their reach to or within Western Europe, MIL2 is also designed to accommodate unique project requirements as well as facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships amongst our customers.”
The new site, as with the original Milan facility, is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP). Enter argues that it approaches business in a ‘transparent, partner-centric’ way, and points to OCP as evidence of this. The project, launched by Facebook in 2011, shares data centre hardware designs, such as for servers and racks.
The intention of the project is to reduce vendor lock-in, but it also means that companies that are part of the project are able to reduce costs. As with open source software, the contribution of each member also helps drive innovation.