In the context of an Interinstitutional call for tenders (DIGIT/R2/PO/2014/043) the European Commission, Directorate-General for Informatics has awarded multiple framework contracts with a system of reopening of competition to four contractors among which a consortium made of Sparkle and Olivetti to support the European Commission (EC) move to the cloud. The two year contracts (with two possible one year extensions) will benefit almost sixty institutions, bodies and agencies of the EU. The two companies, working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) technologies, are now recognized as qualified Cloud services providers within a framework contract. All four framework contracts have an estimated maximum value of 10 million Euros.
The successful tender is the result of the synergies between Sparkle, one of the world’s leading global telecommunication service provider of IP, Data and Cloud & Data Center solutions, and Olivetti, Telecom Italia Group’s Digital center focusing on IT solutions and services.
The integrated offering is based on AWS’ cloud platform which leverages the regions in the EU, providing quality, reliability, flexibility, security and data privacy, meeting the EC’s core requirements.
Working together, Sparkle, Olivetti and AWS will support the EC and other European Institutions move to the cloud to gain the benefits of lower operating costs, faster innovation and increased security.
“This qualification confirms Sparkle as a trusted partner for the provision of advanced Cloud solutions to European citizens and institutions – states Alessandro Talotta, Chairman and CEO of Sparkle - leveraging on its unique global commercial and infrastructural presence.”
Riccardo Delleani, CEO of Olivetti, comments: “This tender qualification testifies Olivetti’s pivotal role as Cloud solution provider within the Telecom Italia Group; moreover, it reaffirms the international vocation of the company in the Digital offer as well as in the more traditional hardware sector – given that Olivetti already makes about 40% of its revenues abroad”.
“We’re seeing increasing demand from Public Sector customers looking to move important workloads to the AWS cloud,” said Max Peterson, Head of EMEA Public Sector at Amazon Web Services. “Working with our partners Sparkle and Olivetti, AWS will provide the EC with a fast, scalable, innovative and highly secure cloud platform.”
The agreement with the European Commission consolidates and strengthens the relationship between the European institutions and Telecom Italia that, along with Sparkle, had already won in 2013 the call for the provision of connectivity solutions to the European Central Bank.
About Telecom Italia Sparkle
Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. (Sparkle) is the wholly owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia Group (NYSE:TI) with the mission to develop and consolidate the Italian telco’s international services business. As a leading global carrier and through a global backbone of around 570.000 km of fiber, Sparkle offers a full range of IP, Data, Cloud, Data Center, Mobile Data and Voice solutions to fixed and mobile operators, Internet service providers, Media and Content providers and to Multinational enterprises. Its sales force is active worldwide and distributed over 37 countries.
Find out more about Telecom Italia Sparkle at www.tisparkle.com or www.world.tisparkle.com
Olivetti, a heritage brand of Italian industry, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia Group and its Digital Pole. Thanks to its wide range of state of the art SW and HW products, Olivetti acts as a Solution Provider, offering solutions that can automate business processes and activities for SMEs, major companies and vertical markets. Levering on the know-how matured in Machine to Machine, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and advanced multi-channel sectors, Olivetti has leading edge skills in the digital innovation field. The company has a commercial presence in over 50 countries worldwide, mainly in Europe, the Far East and Latin America.
Find out more about Olivetti at www.olivetti.com
The opinions expressed are those of the Contractor only and do not represent the European Commission's official position.
Rome, May 10, 2016