Sparkle to help the European Commission move to cloud

10 May 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

The Telecom Italia group has won a contract to support the European Commission’s move to the cloud.

It has won the deal in association with Amazon Web Services (AWS) along with two members of the group, Sparkle and Olivetti.

The contract comes from the directorate-general for informatics of the European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation European Union. 

The two-year contracts – which may be extended a further year – will benefit almost 60 institutions and agencies of the EU. 

“This qualification confirms Sparkle as a trusted partner for the provision of advanced cloud solutions to European citizens and institutions, leveraging on its unique global commercial and infrastructural presence,” said Alessandro Talotta, chairman and CEO of Sparkle.

Riccardo Delleani, CEO of Olivetti, the group’s digital centre focusing on IT solutions and services, added: “This … reaffirms the international vocation of Olivetti in the digital offer as well as in the more traditional hardware sector – given that Olivetti already makes about 40% of its revenues abroad.”

Max Peterson, head of EMEA public sector at AWS, added: “We’re seeing increasing demand from public sector customers looking to move important workloads to the AWS cloud. Working with our partners TI Sparkle and Olivetti, AWS will provide the Commission with a fast, scalable, innovative and highly secure cloud platform.”