NATO Selects Italtel For Portable Data Center Project

  • Posted by Fran Cator
  • March 16, 2016 12:08 PM GMT

New highly portable tactical systems, which emphasise Communication and Information System (CIS) and data management aspects, will satisfy the growing strategic need which is common to all Alliance member countries


Milan, 16 March 2016 – Italtel, a leading telecommunications company in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), managed services and All-IP communication, has been awarded an international tender by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to build two transportable data centers.

More than 250 companies belonging to the 28 member countries of the Alliance were notified about the tender for the project – the demand for which was generated by the Italian Army. The acquisition was delegated by TELEDIFE (the Italian Defence Telecommunication Procurement Directorate) to the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), which developed the technical specification due to its knowledge and previous experience of current systems in place.

The data centers will be deployed at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Italy (NRDC – ITA), in Solbiate Olona, to align its Communication and Information System (CIS) infrastructure with the requirements of its recently-awarded role of land-heavy Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters, which involves leading NATO joint operations within NATO Areas of Responsibility, often performed out of the national borders.

Italtel was chosen to build the two data centers as a result of its competitive cost and compliance with the requirements of the tender. The data centers provided by this project are destined to be used by NRDC – ITA in various overseas locations where allied forces are deployed. The importance of being awarded this tender is evident when considering the complexity of the technical specification in the CIS and data management categories.

“This achievement recognizes Italtel’s constant hard work over the last two years, through a continuous strengthening of the relationship between various divisions within the Italian Armed Forces and NATO,” said Italtel’s CEO Stefano Pileri. “Italtel has built a complex and delicate dialogue with a select number of Italian and international suppliers, who have assisted us in creating the winning solution for our project.

“Italtel has achieved a prestigious result for Italy and has now been placed at the center of a comprehensive network of national and international relations.”